Fiction Editing

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I’m looking to build a larger client list. Help me and get a benefit for yourself in return.

20% off for your next editing project if someone you refer buys one or more of my editing services.

There are no “length” limitations. They can just want to get a short story edited. The 20% off is good for up to a year after you receive notice of it in your email.

All you have to do is refer someone who needs editing services to my editing page, Facebook page, or email. Any new client can request a free sample edit (see below). If they do buy my services, I will send the person who referred them details about their editing credit.

Who I Am and Why I Can Help You

I am a published author and experienced editor who has worked with fiction authors for more than 15 years. View my resume and clips here (link on Medium). View a video of me discussing editing with visitors to my Facebook page.

I have a BA in Journalism and am currently working toward an MA in Writing. I am certified to teach English language arts, reading and writing, and have been teaching in secondary schools for the last 10 years. I am a senior judge for the Bi+ Book Awards, and my own books have received multiple accolades and awards.

My editorial services have been complimented as preserving the author’s own voice. I have authors say they feeling extremely positive about their growth as writers because of the constructive advice I provide when editing. Click here for more testimonials from happy clients.

Editing Services and Pricing:

Sample edits are free for ONE scene (up to 1,500 words). Contact me.

Guidelines for freelance editing rates were updated by the Editorial Freelancers Association comes from a survey of freelancers across the globe. I’m rather pleased to note that my rates are very competitive. — Read on

  1. copy editing ($0.003 per word)
  2. developmental editing ($0.006 per word)
  3. virtual session; teaching edit ($30/hr)

Turnaround time:

  • Fiction novel (60-80k) takes me 7-10 days to copy edit.
  • Developmental edit takes 10-12 days.
  • Teaching edits are one-hour sessions using Zoom.

Contracted Service:

When you request a service, I send you a contract that identifies the work, the author, and establishes payment amount and terms, including cancellation and partial payment policies.

Payment: PayPal Invoices

Payment is due within 24 hours of receipt of the file with the completed edits. A PayPal invoice will be issued to the email address on the contract.

Read on for more information about each service or contact me to ask questions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a copy edit?

A copy edit improves flow and readability so your readers can become absorbed in the ideas and story you are sharing.

A copy edit does not change:
1. plot or character details
2. author’s style
3. diction of characters’ dialogue

A copy edit corrects: 
1. typos
2. misspellings
3. grammar 
4. punctuation. 

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What is a developmental edit?

Editing fiction narratives requires attention not only to grammar but also
consistency and structure of the story elements like characterization, setting, and plot.

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(new) What happens in a teaching edit?

This new service gives you the advantage of learning to become a better writer. If you are constantly getting certain kinds of feedback, I can often help you pinpoint what is going wrong in your writing process. Then I teach you how to fix it — using a piece of your own writing.

This is not a “canned” grammar or story writing lesson. This is live instruction specific to your needs with a particular story. It could be a character development question. It could be “bad habits” you have in grammar or punctuation. It could be ways to think your way out of a plot problem. But it’s one hour of one-on-one time.

The consultation is conducted using Zoom and screen share in either MS Word or Google Drive. Line by line and comment by comment we talk together to work through your issue.

The rate is $30/hr. Contact me to learn more.

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~ Lara

1 thought on “Fiction Editing

  1. carolynmcb

    I’ve been a repeat editing customer of Lara’s for some time now. I can attest that her rates are affordable, her editing work thorough and most helpful, and at the end of it all – you really feel like you’ve gotten your money’s worth. Your fiction will absolutely be better off for Lara’s attention to it.



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