Do You Need an Editor?

If you are on the fence about whether you should hire an editor, I have an article discussing some of the pros and cons here. Whatever your ultimate decision, thank you for considering me!

Who I Am as an Editor

I am a U.S. editor, and I use the Chicago Manual of Style.

I have many years of experience as a writer, editor, contest judge, critiquer, and back-cover-blurb writer. I’ve worked in just about every genre except for picture books, chapter books, and spiritual books. I really shine as a developmental editor, but my proofreading skills aren’t too shabby.

I love my job! Editing is fun, and I love getting a chance to read your stories.

I provide a full range of editing services:

Full Manuscript Packages
Substantive/Developmental Editing
This editing package includes a full manuscript review with in-line notes and an editorial letter. I give my observations and critiques with regard to plot, pacing, structure, character development, and world-building. I may do minor line edits and proofreading but will not concentrate on them.

Fee: $0.007 per word. Includes a free query critique.

Proofreading Only
I don’t generally provide a proofreading-only services unless you have already worked with me, or another editor, on developmental editing. I know myself, and it’s really difficult for me to resist giving advice if it’s needed. However, if your manuscript is ready, I will work with you on proofreading.

Fee: $0.005/word.

Authenticity Reading

If you want help in developing your character and making them more realistic, I provide authenticity reads for autism, bipolar, psychosis, PTSD, and addiction, as well as circumstances such as homelessness and abuse.

Fee: $300 for the first 100k words; $65 for each 25k words (up to and including) after that.

Query Critique
I will critique your query, make edits, and give suggestions on how you might improve it.

Fee: $25. Includes free re-review after you have implemented any changes.

Synopsis Critique
I will critique your synopsis, make edits, and give suggestions on how you might improve it.

Fee: $25. Includes free re-review after you have implemented any changes.

Twitter Pitch Review/Crafting
I will look over your Twitter pitch, logline, or elevator pitch and give critiques and suggestions.

 Fee: $25. I will need your query and synopsis in order to provide this service. If you’d like me to critique those, as well, I will provide all three services as a package for $45 

Strong Beginnings

Beginnings are difficult, but so important. You only have a few lines, or maybe a page, to hook agents, editors, or readers. But, since we’re so immersed in our story and characters, it’s so difficult to know whether we’re drawing readers in effectively without leaving them feeling ungrounded. I can help! I even have experience working with “difficult” characters and worlds, which have to be introduced gently so as not to leave readers out in the cold.

First Ten Pages
In-line notes, proofreading, line-editing, and an editorial letter. I give my observations and critiques with regard to plot, pacing, structure, character development, and world-building.

 Fee: $25

(Note: if you want me to edit your first chapter, I’ll do the first 10 pages for $25, and $1.50/page thereafter.)

First Fifty Pages
In-line notes, proofreading, line-editing, and an editorial letter. I give my observations and critiques with regard to plot, pacing, structure, character development, and world-building.

 Fee: $60

Please contact me at elizabethroderick [at] att [dot] net for more information, references, scheduling, or for your free two-page edit.

If I’m not what you’re looking for, or if you want to shop around, I can refer you to other editors Let me know!