Editorial Services

coffee_mug_256-150x150I help writers polish their work for publication. I’ve helped indie authors proofread their manuscripts, copy edited textbooks and user manuals for well-known companies, and even offered my services as a writing coach to give one-on-one critiques, info and advice. I’m the Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine Black Heart, where I put my skills to use every day on both short fiction and nonfictional articles.

In short: I love helping writers hone their craft and publish great work.

Need an editor?

I offer professional editing services at affordable rates, with indie authors on a budget in mind. I currently offer editing, proofreading, and manuscript critiques.

Never worked with an editor before? No problem! Check out my list of definitions for more information on the kinds of editing I provide – and what you should expect from your final product.

My favorite genres include:

  • Romance and Erotica
  • Chick Lit / Women’s Lit
  • Mystery, Crime Fiction, Noir
  • Humorous Fiction (Satire, Parody)

I also work with select clients on nonfiction books in various genres, with preferences for:

  • Travel (guides and travelogues)
  • Memoir and Biography
  • How-To and Self-Help
  • Humor


Rates vary by project, depending on the size of your manuscript, as well as the urgency of your deadline. For non-rush jobs, my fees are as follows:


  • $5 a page for book-length manuscripts (50,000 words and up – 1 page = 250 words)
  • $3 a page for novellas (10,000-49,999 words)
  • $100 flat fee for short stories (5,000-9,999 words)
  • $50 flat fee for short stories/flash fiction (up to 5,000 words)

**Please note that I only provide one service at a time, and will NOT combine a manuscript critique with a copy editing or proofreading job.**


I charge $40 an hour. How to calculate your project’s cost? I typically edit 10 pages in an hour, so divide the total number of pages in your manuscript by 10, and then multiply that number by 40. (You can use the word count instead, if you divide by 250 words per page for a total page count.)

For rush jobs please inquire about my availability and additional costs.

**Please note that I only provide one service at a time, and will NOT combine a manuscript critique with a copy editing or proofreading job.**


If you contract me for work and then send me a manuscript that is not properly formatted, I will assess an additional $50 Formatting Fee. Please see William Shunn’s Proper Manuscript Format page for tips on how to do this correctly.


special-offerNot sure if I’m the editor for you? No worries: sample edits are available for up to 10 pages of your manuscript at the oh-so-nice price of just $30. Ask for the “New Client Special” when using the contact form below.


Let’s connect!

Got a project? I’d love to help! Please contact me using the form below with the details of your project. Be sure to fill out all sections in order to help me provide you with the most accurate quote possible. I typically respond within 24 hours; sooner if you’re in the same time zone (PST) or have a rush order request.

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What do you need done, and what's the deadline?

What genre does this manuscript fall under? Examples: Sci-Fi, Erotica, Literary, etc.

How many pages is your manuscript? Please give page counts in Manuscript Format, i.e. the number of pages in a Microsoft Word document using 12-point Times New Roman font, double spaced text, with 1-inch margins all around.

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