“Colleen is fast, thorough, and her edits were immensely helpful. My books are better because of her.” — Matt King, author of The Circle War series
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My focus as an editor is to help indie authors release quality books with confidence, without breaking the bank. As an indie myself, I understand the importance of putting out your best work. I also understand that, for many indies, the price of editing can be quite prohibitive. It is my personal goal to provide quality editing services for indie authors in a timely, professional, and cost-effective manner.
So we can help each other. I can offer you quality edits and almost twenty years of experience, and you can help me get this little indie editing business of mine off the ground. Together, we can make some amazing art.
Here are the services I offer:
This is my most comprehensive editing package. Developmental editing essentially combines copy editing and an overall check for consistency and flow. For example, I’ll make sure that you don’t say your hero’s eyes are brown in chapter two and blue in chapter fifteen. I’ll ensure that hyphenation or other stylistic choices are consistent throughout, and that you don’t repeat certain words or phrases too often (we all do, and often we don’t even realize it until someone points it out to us!) I’ll point out awkward or clunky phrasing and recommend changes that will make your words flow. Plot holes? I’ll be on the lookout for them. Pacing issues, confusing details, and other common narrative issues will also be addressed. Aside from that, this package editing encompasses checks for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage AND a second editing pass after you make any changes recommended in the first round of editing. This level ensures a clean, polished finished product.
- Pricing: $0.0080 per word (Example: a 60,000 word book would cost $480 to edit.) I require half of the payment up front, via Paypal, and the rest before I deliver the final edits.
If you are fairly certain there are no consistency issues or errors, and just want to ensure that your book is polished, this is the level for you. In a copy edit, I look for spelling, grammar, typo, punctuation, and usage errors, as well as repeated words or awkward phrasing. I do not offer any feedback on stylistic issues or consistency; this is a service that polishes what you already have.
- Pricing: $0.0055 per word (Example: a 60,000 word book would cost $330 to edit.) I require half up front, and the other half before I deliver final edits.
This is a very basic check for typos, spelling, grammatical issues, and punctuation. It is a way to have another set of eyes looking at your work to ensure that there are no embarrassing mistakes and you can publish or submit your work knowing that it is clean and professional.
- Pricing: $0.0040 per word (Example: a 60,000 word book would cost $240 to edit.) I require half of the fee up front, and the rest before I deliver your final proofread.
If you have any questions at all about my editing services for indie authors, please feel free to contact me. I’m looking forward to working with you!