You’ve come to the right place! I’m EMS Flynn, and I’ve been a copy editor for more than three decades. Are you looking to make sure your fiction, nonfiction, novel, article, or marketing piece is the cleanest and most concise it can be? I can help you. Over those three decades (and more), I’ve copy edited academic works, financial works, romance novels, literary short stories, high-tech manuals, comic books (well, that one was proofreading, which is very different), and more. I have a wide range of editing experience. Not only that, I’m a published author, so I’ve been on the other side of the process.
Now the numbers game…you’re nervous about having someone edit your work, and I don’t blame you. Just to make sure you and I are on the same page, you can hire me to copy edit your first ten pages or 1,500 words, whichever comes first (I call this a “shorty edit”). That’s enough for you to get an idea of my style.
Rough breakdown for rates: It’s pretty basic.
Shorty edits: $15
Short stories: $100. A short story is a work up to 10,000 words. More than that, we go on to:
Novella edits (about 100 pages or up to 25,000 words): $200
Full manuscript: $500 for 70,000-word manuscript, $50 for 10,000 words more
Proofreads: $200 for work that’s been published previously and you’re looking to self-publish.
I also offer line editing, which involves actually doing some story breakdown (content editing). The price for that differs according to work, so we’d have to discuss that after I see the material. Line editing doesn’t involve grammar or punctuation; it examines structure overall and problems with the story itself. I also offer developmental editing, for varying lengths of work.