Whether you are planning to self-publish your novel or query it to agents, having a polished manuscript free of grammatical errors and punctuation mistakes is so important. Readers will appreciate your pride in your work, recommend your books to fellow readers, and eagerly await your next book if you take the extra step and have it professionally edited. Agents will focus more on the great story you have to tell if they are not constantly distracted by misplaced modifiers, missing commas, or misspelled words. I know trusting your manuscript in someone else’s hands is a huge step to take—you want your editor to have the same vision for your book that you do.
That’s where I come in. What qualifies me to be your new editor? Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I earned my BA in English at the University of Utah, graduating in 2004. I chose to pursue an English degree because I am passionate about books, language, grammar, and punctuation. I had several friends throughout my years at the University of Utah that came to me for assistance in proofreading their papers. Grammar and punctuation does not come easy to everyone, but it has always come naturally to me.
I’m also a lifelong reader and sometimes writer. As an avid reader and reviewer, I offer insight on what aspects of your story some readers may find problematic. Based on the manuscript you send me to edit, I can tell you what pertinent information I would include in my own review. As a sometimes writer, I know how difficult it can be to share your work with others. I will treat your work with the respect it deserves, never changing anything that will significantly alter your writer’s voice.
My Editing Process
I consult several reference books during your edit. My main go-to is The Chicago Manual of Style, which is the preferred guide even amongst traditional publishing houses. At the Chicago Manual of Style’s suggestion, I use the Merriam-Webster Dictionary when I need to look up spellings, hyphenations, and definitions.
If neither of these reference books have the answer I am looking for, I take the time to find the most respected answer for your specific need. Most often, I turn to Grammar Girl because she cites all of her sources and has put in thoughtful research for tough grammar situations.
I can have your manuscript edited in as little time as two or three weeks from the date which I begin my process. This is subject to change at any time. Should more time be required, I will keep in close contact with you so your publishing date goal is met.
I’m flexible; I have PayPal and Square and am willing to consider other methods I may not yet be aware of.
I offer competitive and attractive prices for a variety of needs:
- Copy editing and proofreading (two-step process): .008 per word
- Copy editing only: .006 per word
- Proofreading only: .004 per word
Do you have a manuscript ready for editing that you would like to discuss with me? Please send me an e-mail at literallyjen at gmail dot com to get started.
Novels I Have Edited
More Than Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker, #2) by Kelly Oram
Dolls by Jonathan Harrow
Ungifted (Supernaturals, #2) by Kelly Oram
The White Male’s Guide to Law School (And Beyond!) by Anonymous
The Stones of Angkor by Sam Sisavath
A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram
Whispers of Dawn by Darrin Perez
Family Heir: A Bigfoot Novel by Sara M. Drake
Night Shitf by L.L. Fine
Claiming Callie: Part Two by Paige Rion