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Before your book is published, I suggest you consider finding a knowledgeable critique partner or two, and then an experienced developmental editor, a line editor, a copy editor, and a few beta readers wouldn't hurt, either. Even experienced authors and publishers are always surprised by how many little errors sneak through each edit.

My specialty is developmental editing. That means I check for plot holes as well as character and story structure. Do you have goal, motivation, and conflict in each scene? Is the pace right for the scene and have you included hooks to keep the reader interested? Is something missing? Is everything written in order? 

During development, I don't focus on punctuation and grammar as much as the story, unless it impacts the story development. There are always more punctuation cleanups after changes. 

For story evaluations, I charge $150 for a manuscript up to 65k words (to be applied to the final editorial bill when we reach an agreement to contract). If I don't think it's ready to submit to a publisher or ready for publication, I will provide you with a detailed revision letter explaining what I believe the manuscript needs. You should be prepared to submit a completed manuscript, a short 3-4 page synopsis, and a rough story blurb for *when you're ready. If you have concerns or questions about the service or your needs, I'll be happy to respond to written questions by email. Do not send your manuscript. I will not open any attachments.

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*I will provide written pricing for any editorial services we agree upon. 

Specializing in content and copy editing.

Advice from the editor of several best selling and award winning books.

If you need a writing coach or editor, I may be able to help.

Maureen Sevilla