This is a copyediting and proofreading service for authors of romance and women’s fiction, including all subgenres except erotica. Both are included in the service because the two mesh so closely together. This service does not include developmental editing, such as analyzing story arc, plot, voice, and character development.
ABOUT Award-winning, multi-published author Susan Vaughan has been publishing since 2001 and has worked with professional editors. She has graduate degrees in French literature and reading education and taught in public schools in Maryland and Maine for thirty-six years.
TESTIMONIAL “Susan Vaughan is a meticulous and proficient editor and proofreader. She has been advising me for years and made a true difference for each manuscript she worked on. I am proud to give her my highest recommendation. Reasonable prices and expert work equal a winning combination.” – Delsora Lowe, contemporary romance author
COPY EDITING Copy editing, sometimes called line editing, is close to proofreading but goes a step beyond. I will point out problems and suggest changes.
Consistency in use of proper nouns and descriptions of story character details, and correct use of titles (captain/Captain, mother/Mother)
Awkward wording and confusing sentences
Lack of clarity
Repetition, overuse of words in close proximity, wordiness
Incorrect word choices (reining/reigning, affect/effect)
Technical issues and consistencies, such as use of numerals, hyphens, and capitalization
PROOFREADING Covers the basics.
Grammar & Syntax
Comments and suggested changes are made using Track Changes.
Query me at shvaughan.author AT gmail DOT com. Tell me the length and subgenre of your manuscript. Please attach a sample of your work as follows: the first 10 pages of your book or novella as a Word doc or docx. You can also request a pdf of this page.
You will receive a reply within 24-48 hours. If we are to proceed, I will send you an official work agreement to sign and return to me.
Payment in full is expected at the same time you send me your manuscript. At that time, please send also a one-page synopsis. The synopsis doesn’t need to be a selling tool, as you’d submit to an editor or agent. It can be simply a description of the conflicts and a list of the plot points.
Fees are based on computer word count. Files sent should adhere to the industry standard of a double-spaced manuscript with 1-inch margins, using Times New Roman or Courier New, size 12 font.
Payment is made only through PayPal in U.S. dollars. Details will be in the official work agreement.
FEE STRUCTURE Up to 30,000 words = $100 30,001 to 40,000 words = $150 40,001 to 50,000 words = $200 50,001 to 75,000 words = $225 75,001 to 100,000 words = $500 Above 100,000, please inquire. 15% discount to members of Maine Romance Writers
CONFIDENTIALITY Names of clients and anything about the work submitted are kept confidential and will not be disclosed without permission from the client.
DISCLAIMER While I will do everything in my power to ensure that your manuscript has the best quality copy editing and proofreading, utilizing the services of Susan Vaughan in no way guarantees sales of your self-published book, nor does it guarantee a contract with a traditional publisher. I cannot be held liable for publisher rejections or poor sales records.
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