There are many editors to choose from, but I’m glad I made the investment with Dot and Dash. Erin doesn’t make suggestions to change your story, she makes them to improve your story. I’ve learned so much about my writing because of her. 

—Alexa Ayers

Editing

You need someone you can trust to get dirty into the details of your manuscript, going line by line to find just the right word and to shape your scenes in the most emotionally effective way. Or maybe you're looking for a light touch with a professional edge—and you want someone who will hear you and treat you and your book with the respect and care we both know you deserve.

 

I have a range of editing packages for you so you can find the right one for you, your book, and your budget. Contact me to learn more about my packages and to arrange for your free sample edit.

Get one hour of Author Coaching free with your Dot and Dash Editing package.

Limited Time Offer:

Light Copy Edit

Light copy editing includes a cleanup to fix spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors and a style check to ensure your manuscript conforms to guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style. As with all of my editing packages, I will read through your book at least twice.

At the end, you will receive an editorial report designed specifically for you. This will explain the changes I made to the manuscript and give tips about how to avoid these mistakes next time.

Your editorial report will include sections about:

  • grammar

  • sentence mechanics

  • punctuation

  • style guidelines 

  • style sheet

  • formatting

Cost: starting at 1¢ per word.

Heavy Copy Edit

Heavy copy editing includes everything in the Light Copy Edit, along with fact-checking, etymology (word history and usage) checks, continuity checks, and limited rewriting. I will leave comments in the manuscript with targeted feedback and advice, and I will go through your manuscript at least two times.

 

Included with your edited manuscript is a personalized editorial report with more detailed instructions and notes than with the Light Copy Edit.

Your editorial report will include sections about:

  • grammar

  • sentence mechanics

  • punctuation

  • style guidelines 

  • style sheet

  • formatting

  • fact-checking

Cost: starting at 2.5¢ per word. 

Line Edit

Line editing, which is also called "substantive editing" and "comprehensive editing," is an intensive copy edit. This does everything in the Light Copy Edit and Heavy Copy Edit packages, and it also includes deeper editing and rewriting. I will make improvements to pacing, structure, organization, and transitions and do more extensive rewriting and restructuring of sentences and paragraphs. This level of editing also includes feedback about scene and character details, assistance with character and plot development, and frequent in-text comments about other issues arising in the manuscript.

 

With your edited manuscript, you will receive an editorial report tailored exactly to you and your book, which includes sections about:

  • grammar

  • sentence mechanics

  • punctuation

  • style guidelines

  • style sheet

  • formatting

  • fact-checking

  • dialogue

  • voice

  • narrative

  • characterization

  • point of view

  • setting

  • theme

  • title

  • opening

  • closing

I will also be available for free email consultations during your entire rewrite.

 

Cost: starting at 3¢ per word. 

Extra Round

I will conduct a second edit on specific sections, chapters, or your entire manuscript after you have completed rewrites or as you deem necessary in your writing process.

Cost: 1¢ per word. 

Proofreading

Proofreading cleans up the scant errors remaining after previous edits and is usually done off of a typeset document. I will only proofread manuscripts that have been edited previously by a professional editor. 

 

Cost: $45 per hour. ​

First Fifty Pages Edit

It is common for literary agents and publishers to request the first fifty pages of your book. With this package, I do a Heavy Copy Edit of your text to correct basic errors, adjust wording and sentence structure, and give you notes in the text about plot, characterization, voice, content, and structure. I will also prepare an editorial report with additional feedback and suggestions.

 

Cost: $200.

 
 

Evaluations

Sometimes authors want someone with an editorial eye to assess the major components of their manuscript as a step before the nitty-gritty details of copy editing. I can analyze the key parts of your story and prepare a clear plan for rewriting so your next draft is finally the one you want.

 Take a look at the packages below, and then contact me to learn more and discuss your goals.

Limited time offer:

Get one hour of Author Coaching free with your Dot and Dash Evaluation package.

Manuscript Evaluation

A Manuscript Evaluation is a big-picture look at your manuscript. After analyzing your book, I will create a thorough, personalized, and lengthy editorial letter that will be your roadmap to writing your next draft.

 

Your editorial letter will include sections about:

  • plot

  • characterization

  • setting

  • theme

  • voice

  • dialogue

  • point of view

  • pace

  • structure

  • title

  • opening

  • closing

Cost: 2¢ per word. 

Express Manuscript Evaluation (Fifty Pages)

The Express Manuscript Evaluation is tailored to authors on a tight budget or who are in the early stages of writing and want a professional’s first impression. I will treat this as a regular manuscript evaluation, just pared down to fifty pages. You will get an abbreviated editorial letter assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the sample with tips on how to get a stronger start and possibly avoid roadblocks further into your story.

Your editorial letter will include sections about:

  • plot

  • characterization

  • setting

  • theme

  • voice

  • dialogue

  • point of view

  • pace

  • structure

  • title

  • opening

Cost: $150. 

Developmental Edit

This evaluation explores the big-picture view down to the details. As I read through your manuscript twice, I will make many comments in the margins that address specific issues. I will also create for you a custom editorial letter with a formal overview of your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses and the information you need to make your next draft a success.

Your editorial letter will include sections about:

  • plot

  • characterization

  • setting

  • theme

  • voice

  • dialogue

  • point of view

  • pace

  • structure

  • title

  • opening

  • closing

Cost: starting at 4¢ per word

 
 

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