I’ve been a freelance editor since
2002, beginning in the educational field and moving into the family-friendly
book publishing field in 2011. My experience covers writing for children, from
picture books to chapter books, as well as adult fiction and nonfiction. My
services are typically booked 1-2 months in advance. If you are interested in
hiring me, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief summary and
sample of your work.
NOTE: I do not
work in the horror or erotica genres. I don’t offer a free sample of my
·Content Editing - A thorough reading of your manuscript and
assessment of the overall story (characters, motivation, plot, pacing, tone,
etc). Does not include a substantial line edit. If you want an experienced
professional to tell you what works, what doesn't, and if any elements are
missing from your story, choose a content edit.
·Copy Editing- This
focuses on a substantial line edit that includes grammar, punctuation, and
fact checking. This service does not address content. I will address what has
been written with an emphasis on clarity and effect.
Pricing is negotiable based on the level of work
desired. Docs e-mailed as attachments are preferred over hard copies.
$3.50/page, with a page being
equal to 250 words.*
Full Content Edit: 250 pg. manuscript (62,500 words) = $875
20 pg. short story (5,000 words) = $70
poem (approx. 20 lines) = $36
notes detailing your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses.
20 pg. short story (5,000 words) = $35
1 poem (approx. 20 lines) = $18
· Brief, typednotes
addressing strengths and major concerns with the manuscript (no less than
one full page, single spaced, approx. 500 words, 250 words for short stories
$3.50/pg. with a page being equal to 250 words.*
Content + Copy Editing:$4/pg. with a page being equal to 250
Content + Copy Editing for children’s picture
book manuscript: $100 flat fee
* 250 words is the industry standard for a
manuscript page typed in a 12 pt font and double spaced. Please don't send
single-spaced manuscripts or shrink your font smaller than 12 pt. It will not
result in a lower rate.
Jennifer Ross, author ofIsaiah’s Story:When waiting for my book to be put into the hands of an
editor, I secretly prayed that Brenda would be chosen for the job and that she
would happily take on such a sensitive subject ... and that she did. She helped
me to fully enhance every area that was missing details that I would have never
picked up on. We had fun working together, too. Always sending funny remarks to
and fro. For any work that I put together in the future, I will be requesting
it to go directly to Brenda. Her work is exceptional!
Lindon and Sherry Gareis, founders of
Action Plan Ministries and authors ofDecluttered
Now Study Guide: Brenda just completed edits for our second book and
we couldn't be more pleased. She was attentive to detail, offered expert advice
and was a pleasure to work with. She improved the quality of our product, and
we are very grateful.
Sarah Martin Byrd, author ofThe Color of My HeartandThe
River Keeper: Brenda and I started working together...when she
was assigned to edit my novel,The
Color of My Heart,for
my publishing company, Ambassador International. I found Brenda to be very
thorough. My personal editor had already been through the novel three
times, and I more times than I can count, but Brenda found two plot flaws that
were crucial to the guts of the story.
Brenda was assigned my second novel,The
River Keeper, and in this novel she helped me work through mountain
dialect, where to put apostrophes, and fixed all my “quit” and “quite”
mistakes. In both novels Brenda not only cleaned up the punctuation and
grammar but also provided input that was very insightful in a couple of
places that may have been confusing to the reader.
Brenda was fun to work with, very prompt, and met deadlines. I recommend her highly.