Right. So I'm a former in-house Harlequin editor and recipient of the RWA's Best Editor award, which isn't to say I won't edit a literary novel. Hey, I've acquired short fiction by Patrick DeWitt! (While on a contract position for McGraw-Hill Ryerson.) In fact, I've evaluated and edited manuscripts across all genres for publishing companies, book packagers, and aspiring and published writers. Most of my aspiring writer clients who wish to traditionally publish go on to obtain agents and/or publishing contracts. (So there.) I've taught writing at George Brown College and Centennial College. I'm also the published author of two Harlequin novels and two Penguin young adult novels. The latter were optioned by Toronto's Fresh Entertainment. I am currently working on a short story collection. For information on periodic editing service sales, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter at http://bevkatzrosenbaum.com/.
A BKR critique/developmental edit/substantive edit gives you a detailed evaluation of your manuscript, focusing on substantive elements such as plot, structure, character, conflict, voice and theme. No worries, I also suggest methods of fixing said problems. A multi-page report is sent via e-mail. The following charges apply:
Partial manuscripts (three chapters) or short stories: $150.00
Novellas up to 30,000 words: $175.00
Complete manuscripts up to 70,000 words: $250.00
Complete manuscripts between 70,000 words and 100,000 words: $350.00
Complete manuscripts between 100,000 words and 120,000 words: $450.00
Evaluation of revised material at half the original fee (there is no time limit on this offer)
You can include a query letter and/or a synopsis (under five pages) and/or a blurb with your submission at no extra charge. Yes, I'm that nice. E-mail the whole kit and kaboodle to and send your payment via PayPal, citing that same e-mail address. I'll have to confirm payment before reading. (No offense.) Your manuscript must be submitted in Microsoft Word as an attachment, and your query letter and/or synopsis and/or blurb have to be sent at the same time as your manuscript, or I will become very, very confused. And for God's sake, please double space your manuscripts and number your pages. My report is sent out within two to three weeks of manuscript receipt.
A BKR line edit/copy edit (available only to those authors whose work I've developmentally edited) features margin notes on unaddressed substantive issues, but focuses on word choice, transitions, etc., and costs $2.00 per page. Spelling and grammar mistakes are also corrected. The track-changed manuscript is sent to you within three to four weeks of manuscript receipt. Line/copy edits are assigned to my crackerjack team of experienced copy editors. (Whereas I personally handle all critiques.)
"So grateful for your expert editorial skills, encouragement, and quick turnaround. Highly recommend!"
-Lindy DeKoven, former NBC VP and author of Primetime Princess (Amazon, women's fiction)
"Sold to Mira in a 3-book deal! Thanks for all your help - your feedback was invaluable!"
-Stephanie Chong, author of Where Demons Fear to Tread (Mira, paranormal)
"Bev, you have an uncanny knack for seeing exactly what a manuscript needs!"
-Kimberley Griffiths Little, author of the Secret Rites of the Goddess series (Scholastic, young adult)
"Bev, the manuscripts you edited for me just sold to Sourcebooks and Samhain! The editors loved them! So a big thanks to you for all your fantastic editing!"
-Sarah Castille, author of In Your Corner (Sourcebooks, romance)