Editing

Are you looking for help in making your book set apart?

But not sure where to start?

I offer different types of editing services! Take a look below—if you don’t see what you think your project might need, please contact me with your questions. I’m sure we can come up with something that will meet your manuscript’s needs!

What Kristin did for me is absolutely a miracle!

I had written a booklet on walking the Word of God and did not know what to do next. I had lots of content and ideas but lacked the ability of how to shape the booklet, and I had no expertise on spelling, grammar, or sentence structure.

I heard of Kristin at Write Fiction Well and asked her if she could be of help to me. Oh my goodness! She is a God-send for me. I have a booklet that is in perfect completion for my goal and desires. As I look at it and read it, I cannot believe that this is what I had started. Fantastic! Thank you, Kristin.

LYNN BROWN  //  Walking the Word

The Types of Projects I Edit

Nonfiction

This includes Christian self-help, how-to instructional books, and creative nonfiction.

Corporate

This includes resumes, cover letters, policies, and manuals. 

Academic

This includes scientific papers and textbooks.

Fiction

This includes both secular and Christian short stories and novels in such genres as contemporary, young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction, experimental, and fairy tales.  

Please note I will not edit the following genres: horror, paranormal, witchcraft/occult, erotica, romance considered NOT clean, or anything with prolific language.

My Editing Philosophy

When I realized I had been editing and writing for the past eighteen years, helping those in my professional and personal networks with their corporate, academic, and creative projects, I knew that editing was a constant in my life—one I really enjoyed.

Not only was I humbled these people had sought my help with their writing, but I also loved empowering them to write with greater impact in the future.  

So in January of 2019 I changed careers, leaving my background in healthcare leadership to use both my visionary and analytical abilities in running a freelance editing business.

My intent as an editor is to help your vision becomes a reality. I want your manuscript to have the greatest impact possible.

I understand the vulnerability that comes with letting someone evaluate your manuscript. After all, you’ve poured your blood, sweat, and tears into it and made it the best that you could. I get it because I’ve been in your shoes.

I believe in asking questions, listening to what you have to say, and always telling the truth.

Intended for the long-term success of your project, every comment or change I make is my best recommendation. And I do so with kindness. I know what it’s like to receive editing advice that’s unnecessarily harsh, and I’m not interested in paying that forward.

I often include teachable nuggets behind the changes I make. If you have a question, please reach out. It’s important to me that we’re on the same page.

The Main Types of Editing

Developmental Edit

This is also known as a “substantive” or “content” edit. I’ll look at your manuscript as a whole and see what works and what doesn’t. I review elements like theme, plot, characterization, point of view, voice, conflict, and pacing, in addition to other things like scene structure and transitions.

Copyedit

This examines syntax, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Taking care to preserve your manuscript’s voice, I’ll provide suggestions for correcting issues with clarity and organization.

Proofread

This is a final read of your manuscript to catch any indisputable errors or typos.

Comprehensive Edit

This is all three levels above, starting with the developmental edit and ending with the proofread. After the developmental edit, I'll return your manuscript so you can revise it based on my suggestions. Then, I'll do a copyedit, and you'll simply approve or reject any changes I've made. To wrap up, I’ll give your manuscript a final proof.

Depending on your manuscript’s length, this can take roughly 8–12 weeks. This is an approximate time frame as it also depends on what I do or don’t find in your manuscript and what your own personal availability is like when I return your manuscript after the first and second edits.

Other Types of Editing 

Critique

This is similar to the developmental edit. I’ll examine the same elements above, but my assessment will contain less in-depth suggestions for your revision. It’s a great first step if you are new to the editing experience.

Chapter by Chapter

This is a comprehensive edit on a payment plan.

First 50 Pages

This is the same as a critique, but only for the beginning of your story. It’s a good option if you know your story’s ending is strong but the start needs fortification.

Estimates 

If you would like my editorial help on your manuscript, please send me an email with the below details. These pieces of information help me develop a picture of where you are as an author and the general state of your manuscript.

Feel free to copy and paste these straight into your email.

  • Your manuscript's working title
  • Genre
  • Target audience (e.g., middle grade, YA, adult, etc.)
  • One to two sentences describing your manuscript's premise
  • Current word and page count
  • Current draft status (e.g., just completed draft one, in the middle of draft two, etc.)
  • The type of editing you’re looking for, or if you prefer, my editorial recommendation—if your manuscript has been critiqued or edited previously, please include a brief note
  • Your project timeline, if you have one
  • Your publishing goal (e.g., self-publishing, traditional publishing)

At that point, I will let you know about the next opening in my schedule. Should my next booking work with your plans, and depending on the length of your manuscript, I’ll then ask to see a four page excerpt (1,000 words) from the middle of it so I can prepare an estimate for you. (See Formatting Requirements below.)

My editorial rate is $40 an hour, with a one-hour minimum. Please know that as I operate by an estimate, the final price for editing your manuscript could go up or down as it depends on what I encounter in your project. I’ll always do my best to get your project done within budget (see Payment & Refund Policy)!

If you decide to move forward in the process, I’ll then send you a contract so we both know what to expect.

Sample Edits

If you would like me to edit an excerpt of your manuscript so you can see a sample of my work, I would be happy to do so! A sample edit runs at a flat fee of $40 for a maximum 1,000 words. If you have a children’s book or short story, please contact me first; word counts vary greatly with these two types of literature.

If you decide to acquire my editorial services after reviewing my sample edit, the cost of the sample edit will be credited towards the overall estimate price.

Please know that I only perform sample edits for copyediting and proofreading. Proper developmental editing advice is based on the entirety of your manuscript. Providing that advice based on a tiny fraction of your manuscript is not only a disservice to you and all the hard work you’ve invested into your story, but also to the writing and editing communities in general.

Formatting Requirements

When you send me your sample or completed manuscript, it will need to be formatted to industry guidelines. Anything other than what is listed below will be returned for reformatting. If you would prefer, I’d be happy to format your manuscript for you at an additional charge. Please let me know when you reach out, and I'll add it to your contract.

I use Microsoft Word and its advanced editing features to edit your manuscript. If you are not familiar with how these tracking features work, I will send you a PDF with more information on how to navigate them.

Please format your project as follows:

  • Name - title keyword - page number in the upper right header. The full title may be used if relatively short
  • Margins are 1” on all sides
  • Alignment is to the left
  • Font is twelve point Times New Roman
  • No double space between a period and the start of a new sentence
  • Lines are double spaced with no blank lines between paragraphs
  • Scene breaks use a single hash sign (#) in the center of a blank line
  • Set indentation to 0.5” for new paragraphs and each new section of dialogue, excluding the opening paragraph of a chapter or scene
  • Start chapters on new pages. Center the title (e.g., Chapter One) on the 7th line down
  • At the end of the manuscript, use a single hash sign (#) in the center of one double-spaced blank line, or write “The End” instead

Payment & Refund Policy

I accept PayPal or a check in the mail. Please know all payments must clear before any work begins. Per the estimate I send you, the initial 50% is due before the scheduled start date.

The remaining 50% of the estimate is due before I return your edit. As I am working off of an estimate, if I find that your manuscript requires less editing than originally planned, I will send you an updated invoice with the correct remaining balance to be paid.

If I discover your manuscript requires additional editing beyond the original estimate, I will send you an explanation of my findings before I continue any further editing. Then, if you would like me to continue working, I will send you an updated invoice.

The initial 50% deposit is fully refundable if you cancel or reschedule 91+ calendar days before the scheduled start date; if you cancel or reschedule after that, I will do my best to reschedule your edit, but if I am unable to do so, the 50% is non-refundable.

I do my best to ensure my clients are happy with the editing services I provide and work hard to make sure your needs are met. Unfortunately, if you are dissatisfied with my work, I will be unable to provide a refund as my services are for labor and time and not a physical product. If you have a concern, please get in touch with me and we will collaborate how to best resolve it!

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