How it works


Choosing the best editor for you. Finding the best editor to meet your style is crucial to a good working relationship and a shiny finished manuscript. To help both of us decide if we are a good fit for one another, I always provide a free sample edit of the first 500 words of your manuscript—just send it my way and I’ll work my magic.

How will the edits look? I’m glad you asked! The first thing to know is I use Track Changes in Microsoft Word. I present my edits and comments to you in three ways. For minor edits, such as word choice or ways to be more descriptive, I’ll write suggestions directly in the manuscript for you to consider. While you are welcome to use my words, please don’t feel you have to. I do this to give you an idea of what you can write. For larger changes, such as re-organizing a scene for flow, I’ll write suggestions, as a comment, for how you may want to reorganize text or add additional details. Finally, I’ll pose questions in the comments, typically related to the plot, for you to think about. I’m also a huge fan of letting you know what I like about your writing, so you can expect comments throughout your manuscript with me singing your praises.

Yay, we like each other! My schedule is regularly booked 6-8 weeks out, so let’s pull out the calendar and set a date to get started. I do require a 20% non-refundable deposit, based on your estimate of word count, to hold the date on my calendar. The deposit is deducted from the balance due once editing has started. When you submit your manuscript on the start date, I adjust the total fee up or down based on the actual word count.

You mentioned fee…so I have to pay you for editing my manuscript? I know, wouldn’t it be nice if money grew on trees and we worked for the pure joy of it? Okay, so here’s how I charge for the fabulous editing I’m going to do for you.

There are a variety of ways editors charge for their services, from a flat rate, hourly rate, to a rate based on length and genre. I stick to an easy $25 US per 1,000 words. My standard turnaround is between four and six weeks depending on the length of the book.


Happy Writing!

Shelly Stinchcomb