Comprehensive Manuscript Editing

What is comprehensive manuscript editing?

Many editing services break editing into a menu of options from which you must choose and pay for individually.

My approach is different; I combine these services.

When you work with me as a client, you get:

  • Content Editingidentifying story and writing flaws that are compromising the success of your manuscript. Point of view, structure, transitions, pacing and plot flow, dialogue, scene development, character development, narrative arc issues.Memoir editor Lisa Dale Norton's writing desk at her cabin in the Sandhills. Author of the bestselling book Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir, Norton edits, coaches and teaches memoir writing internationally. Her desk is covered with notecards, papers, mementoes and a collection of iconic quartz rocks fround on rambles while she uses to anchor her papers. Norton is the author of the literary memoir Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills compared to the writing of Annie Dillard. Both Norton's books are published by St. Martin's Press, New York.
  • Developmental Editing—providing direction about how to solve story problems. Developmental Editing requires excellent teaching skills.
  • Line editing—grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, language repetitions, adherence to The Chicago Manual of Style, and formatting errors and inconsistencies.

How you begin the editing process with Lisa:

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Once we’ve determined we are a good match for working together, you send an e-mail attachment in Word of your manuscript to I’ll put together an invoice for you so you can see what your fees will be.

What happens next?

I format, print, and edit your manuscript writing comments on your pages so you will have a guide for revision and growth as a writer. Your manuscript is returned digitally, or via the post office, along with an editor’s reort that identifies what works and what doesn’t work in the manuscript. I explain why problems exist and show you can fix them. Once you’ve received your manuscript and studied my comments, we arrange a consultation time and connect by phone, or Skype, to discuss the material and plan strategies for project completion.

Editing Fees

Comprehensive Manuscript Editing: $12/page. Returning clients receive a discount to $10/page.

(A page is measured by the industry standard of 250 words/page.)

Consultation: A one-hour consultation is built into the Comprehensive Manuscript Editing package. It is billed at $120.

Office expenses: All manuscripts incur office expenses: printing and copying of manuscripts at $.17/page, and the cost of return mailing, if hard copy is returned. The standard mailing fee is $7.50, except if the size of the manuscript exceeds the Priority mailer. Then the fee is the exact amount of the mailing, plus $2.00.

Billing: New clients pay one-half of the total fee at the beginning of the editorial process. The remainder is due upon delivery of the completed manuscript. Payment is via PayPal where you have the option to use credit and debit cards. On-going clients may pay with check.

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