A BKR critique/developmental 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 within 2 to 4 weeks of manuscript receipt. The following charges apply:
Partial manuscripts (three chapters), short stories, and novellas up to 30,000 words: $300.00
Complete manuscripts up to 70,000 words: $350.00
Complete manuscripts between 70,000 words and 100,000 words: $450.00
Complete manuscripts between 100,000 words and 120,000 words: $550.00
Evaluation of revised material: half the original fee (there is no time limit on this offer)
You can include a query letter and/or a synopsis (under 5 pages) and/or cover copy with your submission at no extra charge. Yes, I'm that nice. Just e-mail me () to let me know when you'll be sending your manuscript, as well as its word count, and I will invoice you via PayPal. Send your manuscript via e-mail and your payment via PayPal following the prompts on the invoice. Otherwise, I will receive payment in the wrong currency. Note that I require Americans to pay in US funds and CDNs to pay in CDN funds, as I am required to pay HST on my Canadian accounts. Also note that I do not commence reading before receiving payment. Your manuscript must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx files only, please) as an attachment, and your query letter and/or synopsis and/or blurbs 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.
Please note that I do not offer sample edits, due to the level of my experience, my low fees, my busy schedule, and the fact that sample edits lend themselves more to line/copy edits than substantive edits.
In addition to adult fiction, I edit middle grade and young adult fiction. For picture books, early chapter books, and children's non-fiction, I highly recommend .
When you are ready for a copy edit, I recommend Amanda Sumner, whose service you can read about at www.carefulcopyediting.com (but writers, please don't make the mistake of thinking you just need a 'cleanup' without doing the important big-picture work beforehand).