Dana has over thirty years of editing experience (fiction and nonfiction) and has worked with everyone from newbie writers to experienced pros. (You can see a small sampling of the books she's edited on our Portfolio page.) She provides gentle, but honest, feedback. Her goal is to help you shine as a writer and put forth the best product you can. As a writer herself, she is sensitive to how a writer feels when presenting his or her work to an editor for feedback. Rest assured that you will feel supported, energized, and that you have a true partner for your publishing venture.
When you contact us, Dana will ask for the following:
She'll read through your first five pages (1250 words) to determine which level(s) of service you need. Additionally, she will edit those pages accordingly (free of charge) to provide you with a sample of her work and to see if you both agree on what needs to be done and if you like her style. The sample edit is yours to keep!
Edits are performed in Microsoft Word using Track Changes and Comments. Dana uses the Chicago Manual of Style, Garner's Modern English Usage, and Merriam-Webster as references.
* If your project is not yet complete, but you would like advice/input regarding it, Dana is happy to consult with you.
Pricing varies per project and is determined by the overall word count and the level of work required.
NOTE: If this is your first book, or the first book that you're having edited, Dana recommends 1-2 developmental editing passes first (the second dev edit pass is prorated), followed by substantive/line editing, followed by a proofreading pass. (This strategy is good for all writers, but more experienced writers may not need a separate pass devoted to developmental editing.)
Projects that have complex terminology, footnotes, and extensive artwork with captions may cost extra. Should your project's word count increase after you have contacted Dana, she reserves the right to adjust her price quote.
If you have contracted for anything beyond a consultation, you must provide Dana with your finished project. If you continue to tinker with it after you have handed it off, Dana reserves the right to increase her fee.
Developmental editing (aka content editing or story editing)
Assuming you've completed your first draft, Dana will read through your document top to bottom and write up a 1-3 page report on the following areas. She will also make more specific comments in the document itself.
Substantive editing/line editing (includes copy editing)
This is a line-by-line edit of your work to address the story on a sentence level. This pass includes a copy edit. The following items are included:
If your work has been previously line edited and copy edited, this pass addresses the following:
Even if your book has been previously edited, a proofreading pass is highly recommended if your book has been scanned using OCR software. (In such a case, you will need to provide Dana with a print copy of the book for reference.)
Dana recommends contacting her 3-6 months in advance of when you think you'll need her services, since her editing calendar can fill up early. However, feel free to inquire at any time to see if there are openings.
A $300* reservation fee is required for all editing jobs (dev editing, line/copy editing, and proofreading). This fee is due at the time you reserve a space** on the calendar. This fee will be applied to the balance due for the project, provided that you do not cancel or reschedule the project with less than 60 days’ notice. Additionally, if you turn in a project more than two days late, the $300 fee will not be applied to the balance because Dana will have to work significant overtime to keep the project on schedule. If you want to reschedule a project with less than 60 days’ notice, a second reservation fee will be required to secure the new date(s).
A 50% deposit*** will be due at the time Dana’s work on a project (or project stage) commences, with the remainder due when the project (or project stage) is completed. If you have booked multiple passes on the same project (for example, dev editing followed by line/copy editing followed by proofreading), separate deposits will be assessed for each stage.