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.
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.
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
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 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.
Up to 30,000 words = $75
30,001 to 40,000 words = $100
40,001 to 50,000 words = $150
50,001 to 75,000 words = $175
75,001 to 100,000 words = $400
Above 100,000, please inquire.
15% discount to members of Maine Romance Writers
SECOND EDIT: If revisions are made that need a second look, costs range from $20 to $50 depending on the manuscript length.
Names of clients and anything about the work submitted are kept confidential and will not be disclosed without permission from the client.
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.