Editing & Coaching

Please note:

For all services I offer, if I don’t think I can help you, I won’t take your booking but I’ll try to point you in the right direction.

All rates given in USD.

Line Edit | Light Developmental Edit | Outline Coaching | Consultation

Line Edit

A good quality line edit makes your story shine, allowing the words to fade into the background because they don’t trip up or confuse the reader. Instead, the language does its job of conjuring your exciting world and the loveable (and damned!) characters you’ve created. This kind of edit is not about searching for spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors or typos and is best done before copy editing or proofreading. 

In this edit I take a close look at language, including: 

  • Tightening prose at a line, paragraph, and scene level.
  • Consistency of style and voice.
  • Point of view.
  • Filtering.
  • Confusing phrases.
  • Showing Vs telling. 

I will provide a document with tracked changes and comments to help you understand and learn from my edits.

Rate: Starting at $0.01/word depending on condition of M/S.

I specialise in polishing your language and making it more impactful while still remaining true to your vision.

Light Developmental Edit (standalone or add-on service)

Plot holes, character inconsistency, and pacing can throw a reader out of the story. Sometimes they don’t find their way back into it. But perhaps you don’t have time or budget for a full developmental edit, especially if it involves lengthy rewrites. That’s where the light developmental edit comes in. 

As either an addition to your line edit or a standalone service, I offer a content edit with a light hand. This is designed to pick up any major issues that are holding your story back and will negatively affect reader enjoyment. I’ll give feedback on various aspects of your story, including: 

  • Characterisation.
  • Character development.
  • Pacing.
  • Plot.
  • Worldbuilding.
  • Plus anything you’re specifically concerned about.

I provide comments within the document, as well as a short editorial letter outlining the major themes of my feedback.

Rate: $0.008/word as a standalone service or $0.004 as an addition to the line edit (both to be completed at the same time).

Outline Coaching

This service is perfect for anyone who’s unsure of their outline or simply wants an extra pair of eyes on their plot to help pick out any plot holes or structural issues.

Maybe you’re a diehard plotter or perhaps you’ve only just started edging into plantser territory. Either way it’s a good idea to have someone else look at your outline before you start drafting. This saves you the heartache of cutting tens of thousands of words and rewriting vast swathes of your book. 

I love taking this high-level strategic look at stories and helping authors develop ideas to ensure they hook the reader. For the standard service, I will read your outline document and provide comments, feedback, and ideas. 

If you need further support, I offer additional coaching where we can also discuss the story and develop ideas further in a recorded Zoom call.

Standard rate: $50 for up to 2,500 words of outline; $100 for up to 5,000 words of outline. If you have a longer outline, please fill in the form below and include the length of your outline, and I’ll provide a quotation.

Coaching call add-on: $50/hour

Genres:

  • Romantic fantasy and fantasy romance. 
  • Fantasy.
  • Contemporary and historical romance.
  • If you have a story of a different genre, please contact me to discuss.

Get your story right before you write the words.


Consultation

You’ve written your first book (or maybe even a couple of books) but aren’t sure what to do next. Perhaps you’re struggling to get that book written and need some pointers on productivity or characterisation.

In this service, I use experience gained from publishing seven books to suggest a path through the independent publishing forest and/or answer your writing questions and discuss areas you’re struggling with.

I’ve spent countless hours researching the field through books, podcasts, and courses, as well as discussing it with other authors at conferences and within mastermind groups. Let me use all that learning to help you.

Book a consultation, and we’ll discuss what you want to achieve and what next steps will help you get there.

You’ll walk away with a recording of the Zoom call (if you wish) and an action plan tailored to your needs, as well as links to useful websites and books that should be next on your to-be-read pile. 

Fill in the form linked below to let me know where in the process you are and what difficulties you’re facing. I’ll be in touch to book an appointment at a time to suit us both. If I don’t think I’m suited to help, I’ll let you know. 

Consultation call: $50/hour

When you need to talk through a sticking point or need advice on your process, I’m here.