Fiction Editing

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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. My Facebook page has reviews and here are some testimonials from previous clients.

Education: 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.

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, and came from a survey of freelancers across the globe. I’m 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. teaching edit/consultation ($30 for 30 minutes)

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 editing consultation?

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 can be conducted via Zoom using screen share. This is coupled with detailed instructional feedback comments in MS Word or Google Docs. Line by line and comment by comment we talk together to work through your issue.

The rate is $30 for 30 minutes. Contact me to see if your project would qualify.

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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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