Editing Services

You: A writer of young adult, new adult, or adult fiction, creative nonfiction, or prose poetry who has written the thing. Now you need a kick-ass editor - intelligent, honest, articulate, and gets what you're doing - to help you bring it to the next level.

Me: I'm an editor with a Master’s degree in English and over fourteen years of editing experience. I give clear, honest, and compassionate feedback that respects your vision for your work while helping you take it to the next level.

Since I began freelancing full-time in 2012, I've had the honor of working with authors from all over the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, and the UK on a wide variety of projects: young adult, new adult, and adult; literary, upmarket, and commercial; novels, line and prose poetry, short stories, and flash fiction; romance, women's fiction, suspense, magical realism, science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, historical fiction, surrealism, absurdism, and self-help nonfiction. To learn more about what you can expect as my editing client, please read my editing philosophy.

Editing services and rates*

*All rates are in U.S. dollars.

Just the Beginning - $250
An in-depth edit of the first 50 pages (approx. 15,000 words) of your full-length novel or creative nonfiction book that focuses on hook, setting, tone, pacing, characters, narrative arc, structure, theme(s), clarity, flow, transitions/signposting, continuity, and what readers will expect from the rest of the book. Designed for those who plan to query, submit to contests, or want to spend some extra time getting the beginning just right.
Includes:
  • Comments in the margins of your manuscript
  • A letter containing a summary of the feedback and recommended priorities for revision
  • A 30-minute video or voice consultation to discuss the feedback

Extra read of the first 50 pages - $100
A full re-read of the first 50 pages that results in feedback on whether the issues identified in the previous round(s) of editing are resolved and/or what more needs to be done to meet the writer's goals. Includes an edit letter and a 30-minute voice or video consultation to discuss the feedback.

Full Manuscript
High-level developmental editing
$0.009 per word
A high-level edit of your full manuscript that focuses on audience, theme(s), character development, internal & external conflict, narrative arc, point of view, and overall structure.
Includes:
  • A letter containing a summary of the feedback and recommended priorities for revision
  • A 60-minute video or voice consultation to discuss the feedback

Substantive editing
$0.02 per word
An in-depth, scene-by-scene edit of your manuscript that focuses on style, pacing, clarity, flow, transitions/signposting, continuity, and patterns in line and copy editing issues. Designed for those who have already made high-level revisions and are ready to dig into the details.
Includes:
  • Comments in the margins of your manuscript
  • A letter containing a summary of the feedback and recommended priorities for revision
  • A 60-minute video or voice consultation to discuss the feedback

Complete package
$0.05 per word
Designed for those who are willing and able to commit to the editing and revision stages for the next several months, this editing package includes four* rounds of editing to take your manuscript from a readable first draft to ready for copy editing:
  1. One round of high-level developmental edits, including an edit letter and a 60-minute voice or video consultation to discuss the feedback
  2. A second high-level edit after revisions, including comments in the margins, an edit letter, and a 30-minute voice or video consultation
  3. One round of substantive edits after developmental revisions are complete, including comments in the margins, an edit letter, and a 60-minute video or voice consultation
  4. A second round of substantive edits after further revisions, including comments in the margins, an edit letter, and a 30-minute video or voice consultation
Total editing time: 7-9 weeks
Total turnaround time including your part: up to 12 months

*Extra reads may be added to the complete package by mutual agreement for an additional charge.

Extra read 
A full re-read of the manuscript that results in feedback about whether the issues identified in the previous round(s) of editing are resolved and/or what more needs to be done to ready the manuscript for the next stage in the process. Includes an edit letter and a 30-minute voice or video consultation. Cost depends on length of manuscript and whether it's a follow-up to high-level or substantive editing. Contact me for a quote.

Copy editing
I refer clients to reliable and talented copy editors. On rare occasion, I will take on copy editing work from clients who have hired me for substantive editing of the same manuscript. 

A la carte
A 30-minute voice or video consultation to discuss your writing project, including an assessment of the first ten pages - $25

For questions, to schedule and edit, or to request a custom quote, please email me at sioneaeschliman (at) gmail (dot) com or use the contact form in the right-hand sidebar.