Ever been asked by an agent or publisher for a partial, the first 30 pages of a manuscript?
Ever participated in a writing contest where the judges would read only those first
Many times those first pages of your novel will be all a reader sees. Why not make
them work for you, attract the positive notice of those who’ll make decisions about
A Novel Edit offers an edit of those vital first pages. Let me help you make your
opening grab the reader’s attention, presenting your story in the best light.
I’ll correct technical elements–spelling, grammar, and punctuation–but I’ll also
offer suggestions for word choices, pacing, chapter or scene-ending hooks, and the
impact of the opening scene. The First Thirty offers the same detailed analysis
found in The Full Edit, but is limited to those all-important first pages.
(Up to 7500 words)
The Full Edit
The substantive edit is the signature editing service of A Novel Edit. This full
edit includes corrections for spelling, grammar, and punctuation as well as style
suggestions. I offer ideas for technical, structure, and story issues.
No need to wonder what might be included in an edit of your manuscript. Send your
story to me and I’ll return a 2-3 page sample edit (typically the opening pages)
and a quote for The Full Edit. I’ll base my quote on word count and the depth of
A manuscript in need of heavy editing of both technical (spelling, grammar, punctuation)
and style elements will be priced at 3 cents per word. Manuscripts requiring very
light editing (or perhaps help in only one or two elements) will be priced at 1 cent
per word. Anything less extreme at either end will be 2 cents per word.
If word count changes before the edit begins, price will change accordingly.
Only one sample edit per author.
What Will You Receive from
A Novel Edit?
You’ll send me a MS Word document and I’ll return one to you marked with Word’s reviewing
marks. You’ll clearly see my suggestions, comments, and questions.
Use Word’s reviewing functions to accept changes or delete comments.
I work from hard copy and then transfer notes to MS Word. If you’d prefer the hard
copy edit, I’ll gladly mail it to you. However, since I won’t send the only marked
copy, there will be a fee for copying the manuscript.
In addition, I’ll also send stats on word count and a style sheet with a Full Edit.
A manuscript analysis is one of the most valuable resources you’ll receive from A
Novel Edit. This is a report on the strengths and weaknesses of your story, and includes
big-picture and general items.
For The Full Edit, I’ll also critique and/or make suggestions to improve your query
letter–if you include it with your manuscript. Selling ourselves and our work, can
be difficult. I’ll use an outsider’s eye to make suggestions for creating an attention-grabbing
Because I won’t have read the whole story, I cannot critique your query with The
I invoice through PayPal. Payment can be made from a PayPal account, credit card,
or through your bank.