You’ve written something important, and before you submit or publish it, you need to make sure it’s the best it can be. Because a lot depends on that. Unless it’s polished until it gleams, you significantly hurt your chance of getting published. 

Here’s why: If your book is riddled with typos and other errors, chances are good that it will get tossed in the (virtual or literal) garbage can without an agent or publisher ever seriously considering it.

Don’t believe it? Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what a leading agent had to say: “I don’t overlook errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation AT ALL. They are HUGE red flags for the project being queried. If you make mistakes in your query, you’ll make mistakes in your novel. I can’t submit an error-ridden novel to an editor. I flat-out refuse to do so. I will represent manuscripts that may need revision and editing but generally have all the spelling and grammar correct.”

That’s where I come in.

Whether you’ve written a novel, a how-to article, a nonfiction book, a memoir, a thesis or dissertation, or some web content—and no matter what shape it’s in right now—I can provide the polish that will significantly boost the odds that your piece will see the light of day.

Every pro you consult about publishing (even self-publishing) will tell you the same thing: have it professionally edited. It’s a step you can’t afford to skip.

The talented Stephen King said, “To write is human; to edit is divine.” And if you’ve ever doubted the importance of editing, check out what bestselling author Truman Capote wrote: “I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” 

What does that all mean for you?

It means you need an editor—and a good one. I’ll put forty-five years of strong editing experience to work for you. What kind of an edit you need depends on where you are in the editing process and what kind of shape your work is in. Following are the levels of editing I offer and what you can expect to pay for each. 

 

icon editgStructural or Developmental Edit

If you’ve written your basic ideas but feel you still need quite a bit of refinement, a structural edit (also sometimes called a developmental edit) is probably appropriate.

What It Is: During a structural edit, I do not write new material; that’s your job as a writer. My job in a developmental edit is to help shape the book’s content and insure that the information flows well. I may suggest that you delete some things or maybe move some things around. I will likely ask questions to help clarify some things or pull more out of you in various parts of your book.

A structural edit also helps clarify the manuscript’s content and structure. During this edit, I examine and improve big-picture things in fiction such as character development, story flow, dialogue, pacing, and voice. In non-fiction, I will help with things like chapter organization, chapter titles, and sources.

This type of edit does not focus on misspelled words, grammatical errors, or punctuation problems, though those may be addressed in the edit.

What It Will Cost: For fiction manuscripts, $.01 per word; for nonfiction, $.02 per word. Some nonfiction manuscripts will fall outside this price if ghostwriting, substantial reorganization, or substantial coaching is required; other factors, such as footnotes, graphics, unique style guide requirements, and other elements may require additional charges. I will provide a definitive bid upon review of the manuscript.

 

icon editgLine Edit

If you’ve finished writing the manuscript and are generally happy with the content, structure, and flow, a line edit is probably appropriate.

What It Is: During a line edit, I scrutinize your work at the paragraph, sentence, and word level, clarifying meaning, reducing repetition, smoothing out sentences, eliminating unnecessary words, and so on. A strong line edit can make a decent wordsmith read like a good one.

What It Will Cost: For fiction manuscripts, $.009 per word; for nonfiction, $.012 per word. Some nonfiction manuscripts may fall outside this price if substantial paragraph/sentence-level reorganization is required; footnotes, graphics, unique style guide requirements, and other elements may require additional charges. I will provide a definitive bid upon review of the manuscript.

 

icon editgCopy Edit

What It Is: A copy edit involves ensuring consistency and correcting errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. It does not address flow, structure, or content. During a copy edit, the editor uses the appropriate style guide, such as the Chicago Manual of Style, to make sure all elements are consistent.

What It Will Cost: For fiction manuscripts, $.008 per word; for nonfiction, $.010 per word.

 

icon editgIn a Hurry?

I can do hurry. But if you  need an edit done in fewer than 72 hours, regardless of the level of editing you require, add 25 percent rush fee.

If you have questions or are ready to get started, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Writer

"Kathy writes compellingly and swiftly, has an eye for detail, and possesses an uncanny sense for how to shape a story to make it pulsate with energy."
 —Taylor Halverson

Editor

"Kathy Jenkins has honed her editing skills with such precision and excellence that today she is viewed by many (including me) as the best editor on the planet. No matter how many times I have read and reworked a manuscript, Kathy improves my writing with meticulous care and good will."
 —Susan Easton Black

Mentor

"Kathy has been so helpful to me in bringing my manuscripts to fruition, encouraging me to work diligently on my writing craft. She makes every author better in every way."
 —Ed J. Pinegar

Consultant

"Kathy brings life in her writing, wisdom in her editing, and experience in her consulting; she has made me a better and more confident author."
 —Ganel-Lyn Condie