Developmental & Line Editing Service
Are you ready to put the final puzzle pieces into place so you can publish your novel?
My editing service specialties are mystery and suspense novels, romance, chick lit, contemporary fiction, paranormal, fantasy, young adult, middle grade level novels, self-help, and creative nonfiction though I am open to other genres. I’ve worked with writers at all levels, from beginner to USA Today bestselling.
I am now accepting reservations with a $50 deposit.
If you’ve done your research, then you’ll see that there are an overwhelming number of freelance manuscript editors for hire. It can be hard to make a decision. You’re probably wondering what makes me unique. I’d love to tell you more about my style and philosophy. Ready? Let’s dive in!
Developmental & Line Editing For One Price
First, many editors charge separate fees for developmental editing and line editing. With me, you’ll get both services for one price. Clients will receive a lengthy editorial letter (usually about 8 pages, single-spaced) offering my overall thoughts on content, structure, characterization, pacing, dialogue, setting, point of view, technique, and other elements.
I will also use Track Changes to do some line editing, note areas that could benefit from further clarification, and flag examples of issues included in the letter. Be prepared to see notes all over your manuscript! I won’t rewrite your book, as an editor isn’t a ghostwriter, but I will sprinkle in what many of my clients have called ‘line editing magic.’
Trimming the excess + sharpening your word choice + improving the flow = line editing magic
Please note that the stronger your manuscript is structurally, the more line editing it can receive. Line editing can’t fix a manuscript that needs major structural changes. Many of the line edits would become obsolete with the rewrites. As you’ll see further down on this page, I encourage you to strengthen your self-editing skills before investing in an editor so that you can get the most value for your money.
I will correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling errors when I notice them, (and I do catch quite a bit through ProWritingAid, Grammarly, spell check, and my reading) but my focus is on developmental editing, not proofreading and copyediting. For books that lack punctuation throughout the manuscript, I’ll give a few examples of how to punctuate correctly, clean up what was found in the electronic grammar scans, (which don’t catch everything) and direct you to resources for further study.
“It’s so great that you do both developmental and line edits at the same time. Whenever you return edits to me, the line edits especially add a ‘punch’ to the sentences. Most importantly, you don’t judge and you offer balanced insights. I enjoy that and you provide positive encouragement. It’s very much like a child opening Christmas presents!”
Significant Discount For Book Editing Blueprint Students
Second, I’m on a mission to educate writers about how they can cut down on expenses and streamline the editing process.
Many writers have hired me too early, and other editors have told me the same thing about their clients. When you hire a developmental editor before your manuscript is truly ready, you’re paying for an expensive creative writing tutor to teach you the fundamentals of crafting a book.
That’s why I created my online course Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan to Making Your Novels Publishable as an affordable steppingstone to hiring an editor.
But wait, you might be thinking. If you hired an editor, that person would actually read your book and give you personal feedback, right? Isn’t it better to pay for personal feedback, even if the course is hundreds of dollars cheaper?
Not necessarily. The real editing starts once the draft is strong enough. Otherwise, you’re going to hear the exact same information you’d learn in the course, but in much less detail and without all the checklists and worksheets to break it down into manageable chunks. Trust me. The lessons came straight from my editorial letters, both the ones I’ve written as an editor and that I’ve received as an author.
Your story is original, but your mistakes are not. All writers struggle with the same issues.
Most novels by beginner and intermediate writers need several rounds of professional editing before they’re ready to submit to an agent or publisher, or to self-publish. Unfortunately, each edit can cost you hundreds of dollars, sometimes more depending on the editor’s rates. I’ve worked with beginners who ideally would have needed 4-8 cycles of developmental editing in addition to hiring a copyeditor and proofreader, but who can afford that?
You’re much better off if you learn how to do a few solid rounds of editing yourself. Why pay an editor in the ballpark of $700-$1,000 to point out glaring flaws you could have fixed on your own? Once you’ve gone through my 10-module, self-paced Book Editing Blueprint course, you’ll have learned to think like an editor and will have a solid foundation in writing and editing a book. You’ll also be armed with a detailed manuscript self-evaluation and a simple 25-page blueprint to guide you through your revisions.
After you’ve finished the rewrites, then it’s time to hire a developmental editor who can give the manuscript a thorough beta read, offer high level feedback, and provide magical line edits to push it over the edge.
Will I refuse to be your editor if you don’t take the course?
Not at all, as long as your book is a good fit for me and I have openings in my schedule. But I’ve had to raise my rates for those who haven’t taken Book Editing Blueprint (unless they have a proven track record as an established author—see rates section for details) because they need several hours of extra instruction.
That’s why I created the course—videos, written lectures, quizzes, and exercises are a much more efficient way of relaying this information to newer authors. You will retain it better and get lots of examples and step-by-step guidelines to follow.
It’s much more cost effective to take the course now and cut down on expensive rounds of editing later, regardless of whether you work with me as your editor or hire someone else. But if you’re on a tight deadline or don’t think an online course is for you, feel free to contact me about working together under my regular rates.
I know hiring an editor is a big decision, so please scroll down the page for several testimonials from my clients. As I noted above, it takes more hours to work with new authors than with seasoned authors. Rather than charge everyone the same price per word or per page, I offer a discount in two cases.
1. For writers who have gone through my Book Editing Blueprint course, as even if they’re new writers, I know they have a solid foundation. If they did the workbook and followed the 25-page checklist during their rewrites, the manuscript should be in pretty good shape. Not perfect, of course, but they’ve moved beyond the beginner level and working with an editor will help them to get better and better.
2. For experienced authors familiar with the editing process and who have a proven track record. A self-published or small press author with two books on Amazon and a handful of reviews isn’t necessarily going to qualify. Anyone can self-publish a book or call themselves a small press, and many indie authors publish their books too early without realizing they still need work. Some writers hire a copyeditor when they should have started with a developmental editor. Or perhaps they worked with a developmental editor, but weren’t able to pay for as many rounds as the manuscript needed. Therefore, I’ve set some guidelines below.
If you have had at least 2 books published by an established traditional publisher, then you would qualify for the discounted rate. If you just have one book traditionally published, or if you have a strong track record as an indie author with multiple books and lots of positive reviews, I’m happy to look at a sample and quote you a price.
**I only accept digital copies of manuscripts such as a Word file or Google doc. In the past, I have also offered a hard copy option through snail mail, however at this time, I am no longer offering that due to the pandemic.**
Digital File With DiscountFor students, past clients & seasoned authors
- $1.50 per page second round
- $1.25 per page each additional round
Digital File Regular RateFor new clients
- $3.50 per page second round
- $2.50 per page each additional round
How do I get the discount for Book Editing Blueprint students?
When you contact me about scheduling an edit, tell me the name and email address associated with your class enrollment. The price difference will be reflected in your invoice for the editing project. Be sure to go through the lessons and revise your manuscript using the blueprint before scheduling an edit.
How does the payment work?
A $50 deposit is required for me to hold a date unless the manuscript is being submitted immediately. I am available to schedule several months ahead with a deposit. Before I start reading, the project must be paid in full. I accept PayPal, checks, and money orders for authors in the U.S. I require PayPal for authors outside the U.S. A small charge will be added for PayPal transactions to cover the PayPal fee, typically a few dollars.
How should I format the manuscript for submission?
Please note that the above rates are for double-spaced manuscripts based on a 250 words per page estimate. If you double-space with a 12 point Times New Roman font and have margins of 1 inch, that comes out to about 250 words per page. Indent the first line of each paragraph by 0.5″. It is okay to have a chapter ending and a chapter beginning on the same page.
Do you offer copyediting and/or proofreading
I don’t do straight copyediting or proofreading. Most manuscripts that I see aren’t ready for these final stages of the editorial process, and I have a hard time overlooking bigger pictures issues, so I prefer to focus on developmental editing.
Do you do free sample edits?
I do not offer free sample edits, due to my experience, time constraints, and the fact that short sample edits lend themselves more to line edits than developmental edits. However, I am happy to edit partials (such as 50 pages) at the above per page rates.
If you have some publishing experience (as defined in the rates section) and are querying about the lower rates, I will read a sample of your pages to verify the best price option, but this won’t include any editing.
Do you offer any repeat client discounts or perks?
Yes! Repeat clients for my editorial services receive 10 percent off the first edit of each new manuscript, both hard copy and Word files.
In addition, I offer a voucher for a 5 percent discount each time a client books a manuscript edit or enrolls in the Book Editing Blueprint course using your name. Referral discounts cap at 25 percent for each project, but can be saved and applied to future projects.
Shortcuts for Writers students and clients also get access to a form where they can share their latest news so that I can promote their accomplishments on social media.
How do I book an edit?
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the contact form below. Include a blurb, genre, word count, and how many pages you’d like me to read. If you’ve taken the Book Editing Blueprint course, let me know. If it’s a project that I feel will be a good fit for me, then I will send you an invoice and further instructions. A $50 deposit is required for me to hold a date, unless the manuscript is being submitted immediately. I am available to schedule several months ahead with a deposit.
Courtney Kristel, romantic suspense writer: “Stacy is an incredible editor and I’m thankful that I found her. She answers every one of my questions in detail, sends links to read to help with understanding characters better, and gives wonderful feedback. She also writes in-depth letters about your work, along with side notes on the hard-copy. She has made the editing process much easier than I ever thought possible. I can go on and on with praise, she is that amazing. If you’re looking for an editor, look no further, Stacy is your girl!”
Kassandra Klay, romance author: “I am very lucky to have found you. I have had fellow authors look at the editorial letters you have sent me and they are extremely impressed. They don’t know how I managed to find such an incredible editor. I am so thankful for all that you have done for me.”
Harper Alexander, young adult fantasy author: “Working with Stacy was fantastic. It was my first experience with an editor, so I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect and was a little nervous about soliciting critical feedback. But I was quickly reassured by Stacy’s friendly, constructive approach. Her critique was deft, thoughtful, and un-intrusive–meaning she was good at making valuable suggestions that didn’t mess with my ‘voice’ at all. It was like she ‘got’ me, and was careful to leave my style intact while molding and polishing all the technical stuff. I would absolutely use her again and recommend her services. She was wonderful!”
Maureen Fisher, mystery/romantic comedy author: “You’re a pleasure to work with, and the feedback you offered was everything I’d hoped for and more. You zeroed in on errors, omissions, inconsistencies, and other flaws I hadn’t noticed. Better still, you offered suggestions for alternative solutions, even graciously offered to discuss any questions I might have. What more could I ask for? I took a leap of faith on hiring an editor I found via social media, and you delivered beyond my expectations. I plan to book your editing services early for my next book.”
Devin Devonne, romance writer: “Stacy is truly an incredible person and editor. I am so pleased to have found her. Her feedback and attention to detail have greatly helped me spot errors, flaws and inconsistencies in my first manuscript. Stacy is very prompt with her response answers to questions that I had, and helped me understand and improve my writing. I look forward to continuing to work with Stacy on future manuscripts because of her professionalism, understanding, and compassion. If you are thinking about hiring Stacy for your manuscript, I highly recommend her! She is awesome, and you will not be disappointed.”
Kevin Schwartz, suspense writer: “Your comments are great, Stacy! I’m impressed with your insights and ability to not only identify areas in need of rework, but to come up with strategies for improvement. I appreciate the resource links you include as well. You are a true professional and obviously an authority at your craft. I consider myself lucky to receive such valuable feedback.”
Varsha Dixit, contemporary romance writer: “I’m so glad I entrusted Stacy with my middle grade manuscript. Stacy is amazing at spotting flaws, typos and structural inconsistencies that hamper the flow. Stacy’s editing skills cover it all: punctuation, character motivation, grammar, tense and POV analysis. Her expert advice comes cloaked in gentle and encouraging positive words. Stacy is very knowledgeable of her trade and a pleasure to work with. I would definitely use Stacy’s editing services for my future books.”
Kimberly Gruenbacher, YA fantasy writer: “The thoroughness and personal touch that Stacy provided when she edited my book was more than I had expected. I am a first time author and not only did Stacy take the time to edit my work but she also provided me with a detailed, and professional, feedback letter. She took the time to discuss and suggest specific areas in which I needed to go back and fix; character details, overused word counts, showing and not telling, and so much more that a first time writer may overlook. Stacy was a pleasant person to communicate with and I enjoy how she talks to me like we’ve known each other for years! It really helps my nerves during the process of editing my first book. Overall, I felt the experience was an amazing learning process and plan to use Stacy’s skills for future books.”
David Neuner, young adult writer: “I’m blown away. You touched on some things I thought were weaknesses (e.g., character development) and brought up a whole bunch more that will ultimately strengthen this book. I am very fortunate to have your expertise and input.”
Melanie Faith, women’s fiction writer: “Stacy Juba’s feedback was extremely helpful. She pays attention to detail while also considering the big picture of a sustained narrative. I appreciate that she takes the time to provide hard-copy suggestions as well. I heartily recommend her and will hire her again to offer suggestions on more chapters of my novel-in-progress.”
Joan Carney, paranormal romance writer: “Thank you, Stacy, for your professional and in-depth evaluation of my work. I’m so glad I found you. As a fledgling writer, your editing services have been an invaluable resource for me. The educational links you provided as well as your helpful and encouraging suggestions are precisely what I needed to help make my little story blossom into its full potential. I look forward to continue using your expertise as I move forward to the next stage.”
Kimberly G. Giarratano, paranormal YA writer: “Stacy is fan-flippin-tastic. Her suggestions for improvement are spot on. She keeps me updated on the editing process. She’s enthusiastic about my work. This is my first major self-publishing endeavor and I feel lucky to have found Stacy.”
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