I’m a USA Today Best Selling author, whose very first book was bought by Kensington Publishing in 2010. Since then I have hit the USA Today list three times, won the RomCon Readers Crown three times(two for a historical and one for a contemporary) and was a RT Readers’ Choice Nominee for Best First Historical. I know how to tell a story. I write for Random House USA and UK – Loveswept/Rouge, and I self-publish. My first self-published book, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield was a Top 5 Finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year.
One thing being a traditionally published author has taught me is the benefit and need of a good editor and copy-editor. The rise of self-publishing has not changed that. I am still traditionally published, but I also self-publish and I use editors and copy-editors.
What’s the difference, I hear you ask.
1. Development Editing is like a manuscript critique. It looks at all aspects of your story from characterization, plot, pacing and anything in the story arc such as romance, suspense, etc It makes the story stronger, tighter and better.
2. Copy-editing or line-editing, is correcting the spelling, grammar, sentence structure etc so that the story reads well.
Both are essential if you are to stand out in the crowd, and produce a polished book.
I offer a development edit service (edit), along the lines of what an editor at any publishing house does for an author. So, if you are self publishing, or wishing to submit to an agent or editor, this service is crucial for you. (Please Note: This is not copy-editing. I recommend my sister Leigh Kaye for this service click here for details.)
I try to edit with a keen sensitivity to an author’s style/voice and the critique is a detailed and insightful overview of your manuscript, focusing on substantive elements, such as plot, character, pacing, romantic development, etc. Examples from the manuscript are highlighted in the report and suggestions are made for revisions. I read across a wide range of genres and I focus on keeping up with best selling stories to look at trends. I also have a group of beta readers and a street team who may be interested in reading your manuscript and providing reviews.
I will also provide a detailed:
- Edit of back cover copy at no extra charge.
- Edit of Query/Submission letter at no extra charge
Basically, I will point out anything that I believe would make an editor or agent more likely to reject your manuscript or what would make it a better story for self publishing.
Pricing: (NZ$ – $1NZ = $0.68US so $100NZ is $68US approximately)
Contest or Agent/Editor Submission: Up to 3 chapters and a synopsis $180NZ ($123US)
Manuscript up to 60,000 words $250NZ ($170US)
Manuscript up to 90,000 words $350NZ ($238US)
Manuscripts over 90,000 words – price TBC
Turn around time is one week from submission of a word document (sooner, depending on amount of work required).
Please email me if you are interested in this service. Payment is asked for upfront via an email I’ll send you via Paypal.
If you are looking for someone to polish your blurb only, I offer that service too!
I also can recommend two copy-editors.
As a busy author under contract to Random House Loveswept, and with my own self-publishing schedule, I’m pretty busy. My schedule gets full reasonably quickly and I only take bookings 3 months out.