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 and their books.

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 ($0.004 per word aka $4 per 1000 words)
  2. developmental editing ($0.007 per word aka $7 per 1000 words)
  3. teaching edit/consultation ($50 for 60 minutes)

Description of Services:

COPY EDITING fixes grammar, punctuation, style errors, and addresses glaring inconsistencies in characterization, lapses in tense or point of view.

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING focuses on improving the consistency and structure of the story elements of characterization, setting, tension, pacing, and plot.

A TEACHING EDIT/CONSULTATION can help you become a better writer. I can often help you pinpoint what is going wrong in your writing at the process level. Then I’ll teach you how to fix it, using pieces of your own writing.

Turnaround time:

My copy editing pace is typically 7,500 words per day, excluding weekends. So a 80k manuscript will take approximately 10 business days.

My developmental editing pace is around 2 scenes a day, or about 4,000 words. So an 80k manuscript will take approximately 20 business days.

Contracted Services:

When you request a service, everything is spelled out in a contract that identifies the work, the author, specifies the tasks to be done. It states payment amount and terms, including cancellation and partial payment policies.

Payment: PayPal Invoices

A PayPal invoice will be issued to the email address on the contract. For copy edits, payment is due within 24 hours of receipt of the file with the completed edits. For developmental edits, almost always set up with payment plans, a 20-25% deposit is required to start, then another upon delivery of the first set of reviewed, analyzed and commented items. Thereafter the remainder is billed in installments as revisions progress.

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.

A Developmental Edit is a multi-step process, focusing first on the structure of your plot internally and according to genre conventions. The structural analysis includes characterization, goal establishment, plot and subplot pacing, cause/effect, and the effective use of setting, scene, and chapter structures.

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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 awry in your writing process. Then I teach you how to fix it using pieces 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 at least one hour of one-on-one time.

The consultation is conducted via Zoom using screen share and/or the live editing and chat features of Google Docs. This is coupled with detailed instructional feedback comments in MS Word or Google Docs.

Line by line, and comment by comment, we will work together through your writing.

The rate is $60 for 60 minutes. Contact me to see if your project would qualify.

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~ Lara

One thought on “Fiction Editing

  1. 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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