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My Editoral Services

Hello!

In addition to tweeting a storm on Twitter and posting book reviews on GoodReads, I am a freelance editor for hire. Back in 2002, I began editing my friends’ various manuscripts, and, as I’ve gotten older and better, I’ve decided to turn it into a business. My experiences have led me to work on novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, fanfiction, nonfiction/academic manuscripts, handbooks, and college application essays.

What I like to read:

My usual genres of choice are fantasy/supernatural, historical, mystery, (LGBTQIA) romance, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and popular/realistic fiction featuring diverse authors and characters. My favorite is historical fantasy. I occasionally pick up a science fiction, horror, and humor.

On the other side of the coin, I rarely read nonfiction, biographies, and memoirs unless the topic is of particular interest. Sport stories are foreign to me, so you should make sure that’s the type of person you want reading your work if you query me about it.

As I’ve done more editing, I’ve found that I’m more forgiving with poetry, novels, novellas, and other long fiction, which means the number of edits is variable with the work. However, I’m very picky about short stories and essays, most likely returning them to you with lots of edits.

What I can do:

Sensitivity Reader/Targeted Beta Reader for Bisexual Character(s): Want to write a bisexual character and/or include a bisexual/queer space in your writing, but haven’t ever been trapped in the magenta, dark blue, and purple vortex that is being a bisexual? Well, you’re in luck because I’m bi and ready to try. While I’ve been bi for years, I’m especially active in the online queer nerd community. For sensitivity reads, I can do macro or micro edits. Macro edits would be a 2 to 5 page response letter to your whole piece, focusing on your story as a whole and evaluating the bi representation in it. Micro edits would be similar to line editing, where I point in text where nuance is missing. If you have specific questions or elements you’re worried about, I can address those too.

Proofreading: Your basic grammar edits and spelling checks. Minimal in terms of editing, but essential if you want to be taken seriously. Everyone in publishing from agents to Editors-in-Chief starts twitching when they see “affect” instead of “effect.”

Copyediting: This is proofreading and then some! Grammar checks come together with advice on organization, headers, sentence structures/flow, and other points that will make your manuscript more accessible to readers. This is a basic editorial skill, but immensely helpful in transforming a good manuscript into a great, shinning manuscript ready to be published or sent to agents.

Developmental editing: Have you ever had the nagging feeling that your manuscript needs something, but you’ve run out of ideas on how to improve it? Developmental editing bites into the meat of the story. It includes in-depth analysis on story flow, characters, themes, plot, syntax/diction, and overall storytelling technique as well as suggestions to improve. This editing type leads to major revisions of a manuscript and is great for first drafts.

At its most basic, what I do is all about what you want and how you envision your manuscript: as an editor, my goal is to make that vision clearer for readers. I’ve developed a certain way of operating, but if you have a more preferred method, I can do that to.

The Logistics

Outside of beta reads, the way you receive edits is up to you: I can do bullet point lists, write on the Word doc in red, use Track changes, print it out and send out a hard copy in the snail mail. Whatever works for you. I prefer Microsoft Word’s Track Changes.

The cost of my services are negotiable, except for targeted beta reads. Targeted beta reads are a flat rate of $300. For any other service, my standard rate is $2.00 per page per type of edit/read through (or 0.008 cents per word per read through). For example, say you have a 200 page manuscript and you want me to do copyediting. That will cost you 2.00 x 200 which equals $400. If you want me to do copy AND developmental editing, that will be another $400 (or $800 total). Again, my rates are negotiable, so if you’d prefer to pay me per hour of work or by word count, that’s fine.

I accept payments via Paypal. See this blog’s sidebar for my Donate link.

If you’d like to test run my skills, I’ll edit a short piece free of charge! For any questions, a quote on the price of editing your next project, and more fun information, please contact me at natalie.cannon13@gmail.com

Want to hear what other people are saying about me and my editing? You can check out the Testimonials page here.

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