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 adult mystery and suspense novels, romance, chick lit, contemporary fiction, middle grade level novels, paranormal, young adult, 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. What makes me unique from other editors?
Choose Between Hard Copy & Digital Edit
Please note that due to the pandemic, I am only accepting digital submissions at this time. Thanks for your understanding!
First, unlike most editors, I give a choice between submitting a hard copy or a Word file. With hard copies, I can jot down thoughts and make corrections as they occur to me and it adds a special personal touch. This is how editors at publishing houses used to do it, and I find that it’s much less intimidating for new authors to flip through printed pages in their favorite chair than to scroll down a computer screen.
I don’t mind editing Word files, however, so it is your choice. There is a higher fee for Word files as it takes more time to make my comments.
Developmental & Line Editing For One Price
Many editors charge separate fees for developmental editing and line editing. With me, you’ll get both for one price. Clients will receive a lengthy editorial letter offering my overall thoughts on content, structure, characterization, pacing, dialogue, setting, point of view, technique, and other elements of the story.
In addition, I will also do some line editing, make notes of areas that could benefit from further clarification, and critique your writing technique on the actual manuscript pages. Be prepared to see a lot of notes all over your manuscript! When I say line editing, I don’t mean rewriting your book.
However, you will see sentences tightened, repetitive words and cliches highlighted, suggestions for stronger verbs, and comments in the margins. I will correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling errors when I notice them, (and I do catch quite a bit) but please note that my focus is developmental editing, not proofreading and copyediting. For books that lack punctuation throughout the manuscript, I will give a few examples on how to punctuate correctly and direct you to resources for further study.
Significant Discount For Book Editing Blueprint Students
Most novels need several rounds of professional editing before they’re ready to submit to an agent or to publish. Unfortunately, each edit can cost you hundreds of dollars. 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 of course, 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 to point out glaring mistakes you could have found on your own? Once you’ve gone through the Book Editing Blueprint course, you’ll be armed with a detailed editorial report and a simple blueprint to guide you through your revisions.
After you’ve finished the rewrites, then it’s time to hire an editor who can give the manuscript a thorough beta read, make line edits, and share final tips to put it over the edge.
Will I refuse to be your editor if you don’t take the course?
No, not if 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 extra instruction. This extra coaching takes up a great deal of my time, limiting how many authors I can take on.
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.
Personally, I think 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.
All editors set their rates differently. Some set it by the page number or the word count. With this method, everyone gets charged the same regardless of whether you're a beginner or a seasoned author. Because of this, many editors charge high prices.
I used to charge just by the page and really wanted to keep my prices low. Here's the problem. It was taking me a long time to edit the books of less experienced writers, at least double what I'd spend on a polished manuscript. The editorial letters were significantly longer and the coaching was more extensive. Yet I was charging the same price, and it limited how many clients I could take on.
So, I had to come up with another system. As one option, many editors charge by the hour. Unfortunately, it's hard to know how long a particular book will take to edit until you actually do it. Once again, it boils down to the author's skill level.
I'm not fond of the hourly system as I don't want to give an estimate and be wrong. I'd like my clients to know exactly how much they'll be paying with no surprises, and I'd rather get the financial details handled before the work begins.
Finally, I decided to raise my rates and keep charging by the page, but I'd 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 all the worksheets and followed the checklists 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.
Hard Copy With Course DiscountPast clients are also eligible for this discount
- $1 per page second round
- 75 cents per page each additional round
Hard Copy Regular RateNew Clients
- $3 per page second round
- $ 2 per page each additional round
Word File With Course DiscountPast clients are also eligible for this discount
- $1.50 per page second round
- $1.25 per page each additional round
Word File Regular RateNew 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.
If I do the hard copy option, how should I mail it?
If you are paying by PayPal, first complete your payment. If paying by check or money order, you can include it with your submission. I will ask you to snail mail the pages to me via Priority Mail (for clients in the U.S.) along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Your local post office can help you out with that. If you are in Canada, then an estimated cost of return postage via registered mail service will be added onto your invoice. Both Priority Mail and registered mail include tracking.
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 25 or 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?
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.
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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