As a fiction editor, I strive to be extremely attentive to the manuscript you’ve spent so much time and effort creating. Writing isn’t easy. Finding someone trustworthy of helping you take it to the next level isn’t either. Editing isn’t just about correcting spelling errors or rewriting a sentence that has an awkward syntax. It’s also helping the author to see any plot holes, characterization, and consistency issues. It’s not only helping to take the manuscript to the next level, but guiding the author to be better at their craft.
- Bachelors of Arts in English. Creative Writing Focus. 2017
- Coastlines Magazine Fiction Editor (2015-16)
- Pitch Wars Mentor 2015/17
- Query Kombat Judge 2015-17
- Literary Agent Intern – 2017
- Second Place Winner in the 2017 Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition (Literary/Mainstream Category)
EVERYTHING IS PRICED FOR ONE PASS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED
Query/Blurb Critique – $25.00
We all know queries and blurbs are the worst. It can be hard to condense everything into that little bit of space. I will let you know what does or doesn’t work, help you with stakes, and make sure that it’s polished and ready to be sent to agents, or be slapped on the back of your book.
Synopsis Critique – $55.00
Writing a synopsis is hard. I will go through to make sure you have the correct formatting. If it is required to be a certain length, such as 1-2 pages, and you are having a hard time trimming the fat, I will help you streamline it. This also includes checking for sentence syntax and grammar. This critique is two passes.
Pitches – $15
These can be up to 50 words. This can be twitter pitches, elevator pitches, tag lines you’re unsure of. Anything along those lines. If you want more than one pitch critiqued there is an additional $3.00 charge per pitch. i.e. Two pitches – $18.00, three – $21.00 etc. There will be two passes per pitch.
First Page – $30.00
Hooking a reader from the first page is a must. I will go through, determine voice, opening sentence, and the over all feel if you’ve started in the correct place. During contest season, first pages are especially important. Up to 500 words.
First Chapter – $70.00
Another important aspect whether you’re trying to land an agent or keep the reader engaged so they continue on. This will determine if you’ve started in the right place, if the story is compelling to keep reading, if it’s clear, if the characters are well rounded, and proof reading if necessary. These are elements you need to hook the reader. Up to 3,000 words.
Contest Bundle – $100.00
This bundle is for anyone thinking of entering Pitch Wars, Pitch Slam, or any of the various other competitions that require you to submit various elements for consideration. I will critique one pitch, a query, and the first chapter (up to 3,000 words) to help you make it shine before entering. Second pass is $10.00 extra.
This is the overall feel of your manuscript. I will check for any plot holes, characterization issues, make sure that the story flows from beginning to end, and that all loose ends have been tied up. If things come out of left field, I will let you know, and of course I will offer suggestions on how you can fix things. This will include a 1-2 page editorial letter.
$250-Up To 50k Words
If your manuscript is over 90k words, we will discuss further pricing.
Line edits are grammar edits. I’ll proofread your manuscript, giving you line by line edits on repetitious words, awkward or jumbled sentences, point out passive phrases that can be made active, and fix any punctuation errors I may find. This is strictly to fix the grammar content. No content edits.
$275-Up To 50k Words
If your manuscript is over 90k, we will discuss further pricing.
This is for content and line edits. Combine both of the above for a more in depth look at your manuscript. I will make notes on characterization, plot, setting, and so on, as well as do line edits for grammar problems. A 1-2 page edit letter will be included for content issues. This will also include one Skype session to brainstorm about your work.
$335-Up To 50k Words
If your manuscript is over 90k we will discuss further pricing.
Fiction Writing Coach
This may be for someone who wants to work a few chapters a time, needs someone to bounce ideas off of, get help with a certain aspect of their writing, etc. It’s also to help motivate and guide the author in regards to their manuscript. This can be a one time thing or an ongoing professional relationship. This package comes with an hourly rate. Email me at RaulersonEditorial(@)gmail(dot)com for a free consultation, details, and pricing.
Disclaimer: These edits and critiques are not a promise of publication, nor is it a promise to get a spot in any contest. The writing industry is one of the most subjective professions on the planet. I’m here to help you polish your manuscript by giving you fresh eyes and perspective. I do not edit high/epic fantasy or picture books. Sorry!
Reminder: Everything is one pass unless otherwise stated in the description or negotiated in the consultation.
All works should be double spaced with one inch margins. Font should be Times New Roman or Courier New, 12 point. The first line of each paragraph should be indented. Docx or Doc file types only.
All payments go through Paypal. Payment is expected in full before I start work on your manuscript.
Future booking is available. Email me for details.
For all general inquiries please email me at RaulersonEditorial(at)gmail(dot)com. For in depth consultations please fill out the form below.
Fill out the form to contact me and we’ll discuss the goals of your project. Deadlines may vary depending on word count and type of edits requested.