Editorial Services: FAQ and Rates
What is developmental editing?
My goal is to get your best writing onto the page.
I evaluate the overall concept, delivery, and impact of your manuscript and provide specific feedback on how best to realize your vision and reach your target audience. I look at big picture issues like content, structure, plot, character development, continuity, and style, as well as suggest sentence-level changes to improve clarity and impact.
While I will correct grammar, infelicities, and such in passing, copyediting and proofreading are different steps in the process and often happens after the manuscript is picked up by a publisher.
When should I contact a developmental editor?
Developmental editing can be very useful at any stage of the writing process.
Why should I hire an editor?
If you want to sell your work, you need the honest, careful, and thorough feedback of a professional editor.
If you want to take your writing to the next level, you need an ally who will be with you through the challenges ahead as you become a better writer.
What will it cost?
Initial consultation is free. Once we've agreed on the work to be done, fees can be billed by the hour or at a flat rate. Developmental editing generally runs about $65/hour, at a pace of 1–5 pages/hour.
(A standard page of prose = 250 words. For reference, here are average fees from across the U.S.)
How do we get started?
Email me at LGH (at) lianaholmberg (dot) com. Please include:
Happy writing, and I hope to hear from you soon!
Read an interview I gave
on developmental editing and
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