Editing Services

I’ve accepted an editing job with a fabulous company under my real name, and currently all of my clients come through them. I’m open to certain freelance projects. If you’d like me to edit your work, please email me at notveryalice@gmail.com with a sample, or use the contact form below. Thank you!

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ABOUT ME

I’m an adult-market slipstream writer, repped by Melissa Nasson at Rubin Pfeffer Content. I interned at a prestigious New York literary agency for over a year. I attend the Turkey City professional writer’s workshop and am a 2015 graduate of the Disquiet International Literary Program.

To get a sense of my thought process as an editor, you might like to read a post from my “Philosophy of Writing” series.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to request a full CV, please don’t hesitate to use the contact form below.

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This service is best suited to authors who have polished their manuscript from a creative standpoint, but who would like to tidy up the technical details. I copyedit all fiction or narrative non-fiction manuscripts.

Copyedits take 10-15 business days to complete. Please get in touch using the contact form below for a quote or to request a sample.

This package includes:

  • Spelling/grammar correction
  • Typographical correction/proofing (erroneous spaces, extra punctuation, typos, odd layouts)
  • Factual queries (basic fact-checking)
  • A style-sheet to make sure your stylistic choices remain consistent

Bear in mind that both of my copyediting services cover errors only and not matters of style or opinion.

COPYEDITING-PLUS

Manuscripts take 15-20 business days to complete. Please get in touch using the contact form below for a quote or to request a sample.

This package includes my basic copyediting service. In addition, I will highlight and comment on (but not fix) problematic passages that contain errors of writing craft, including:

  • Clumsy repetition
  • Awkward sentence structure
  • Passages that break narrative convention in an unskilled way

Bear in mind that both of my copyediting services cover errors only and not matters of style or opinion.

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IN-DEPTH EDITING (DEVELOPMENTAL OR SUBSTANTIVE)

All potential clients will receive one sample line-edited chapter and a rough evaluation of the manuscript, i.e. what I expect to encounter during my edit. (Unfortunately, in-depth editing is not possible without reading the entire manuscript, but you should be able to get a fair idea of my service with this sample.)

Edits will normally take 20-40 business days to complete, depending on the length of the manuscript. This service is for adult-market manuscripts only. Please get in touch using the contact form below for a quote or to request a sample.

My specialties are:

  • Speculative fiction (all fantasy and sci-fi, slipstream, cyberpunk, steampunk, new weird, magical realism, etc.)
  • Literary/upmarket
  • Short story collections
  • Experimental/Prose-poetry/Avant-garde/Metafiction
  • Speculative romance (paranormal romance, urban fantasy with romantic emphasis, etc.)

I am experienced in:

  • Romance
  • Memoir
  • Thrillers
  • Women’s fiction

I also edit:

  • Mass market
  • Historical fiction
  • Narrative nonfiction
  • Erotica

In-depth editing is my favourite service to provide: it forces me to get deeply involved in the well-being of the writer and the writer’s book. I find it challenging and rewarding. I love beautiful language, and as such my service is comprehensive.

I recommend this service for writers who are unsure about their craft and would like to have the benefit of a sharp editorial eye. This service does focus on one manuscript, but my ultimate aim is to make your writing more artful, more appealing, and better overall.

My standard in-depth editing service includes:

  • My standard copyediting service: spelling, grammar, typos, basic fact-checking.
  • Line editing: I’ll draw your attention to awkward phrasing, inappropriate word choice, stylistic inconsistencies, and other concerns at the sentence and paragraph level, and will make suggestions about how to tighten and improve your writing. I’ll weed out POV (point of view) errors, tense switching, and purple prose (flowery description).
  • Characters: I’ll edit to help you ensure that your characters are interesting, psychologically believable, and have depth.
  • Theme: What are you conveying to your readers overall? What images occur throughout your writing? I’ll edit to make sure that your book accurately represents the themes you want it to.
  • Plot: I’ll point out plot holes, errors in pacing, and help you keep readers turning the page.
  • Developmental: if your manuscript is in development, I’ll help you brainstorm plot, character, setting, and pacing. I’ll comment with an eye towards the development of your career, not just your current work in progress.
  • Substantive: I’ll help you edit towards a clean, readable, artful piece. I can’t promise representation or a sale, but I can promise happier readers.

Some notes on my in-depth service:

  • I won’t ghost-write your book for you; I’m only here to correct errors and to make suggestions.
  • Subsequent revisions of the same manuscript will be much less expensive!

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BESPOKE SERVICES

Contact me below to discuss availability and pricing for services I haven’t mentioned above, including:

  • Beta reading (reading a manuscript as if I’d bought it in a bookstore)
  • Reader’s reports (a formal book report that details the overarching structure of the book and my impression of it as an expert reader)
  • Short stories/novellas
  • Partial readings, priced per chapter, for adult market manuscripts
  • Writing mentorship/tutoring, priced per hour
  • Editing for visual artists (painters, photographers, sculptors, collage artists, illustrators, jewelers, etc.), craftsmen (objets d’art, bath/beauty products, etc.), or musicians: I am open to exchanges. Please message me!
  • Editing for nonprofits/charities: if I can complete the job in time and I support your cause, I’ll work for you pro bono.
  • Query letter and submission help for the adult market — Please do research before requesting this service, as there is a huge amount of free information online about how to query agents. I recommend you begin your search here, at Query Shark, written by agent Janet Reid. Please follow the instructions on her site for reading/understanding her posted material. If you still need someone to walk you through the process, I’m here!

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SERVICES I DO NOT OFFER

  • Middle Grade/Young Adult: I can’t accept MG/YA clients for any service except copyediting. Please contact my friend Cassandra Marshall. I’d be a terrible substantive/developmental editor for the children’s market, as I have no relevant experience. Cassandra has expert knowledge of the MG/YA markets, and is well-known for her edits.
  • Any service for manuscripts not in British or American English. Dialects welcome! I studied linguistics, so even though it might be a puzzle to edit your version of Trainspotting, I’ll gi’ it a wee go.
  • Typesetting or proofing for ebooks or print books
  • Any service for poetry
  • Advice on the sale/marketing/publishing of self-published works. All of my self-pub advice is free and should be considered woefully inexpert. If you would like professional help, I recommend you contact either my friend and client Jade Eby, or my friend and former boss Rachel Thompson.
  • I cannot share information with you about the internal workings of any organisation I’m affiliated with, or have been affiliated with in the past. Please don’t ask me to.
  • I will refuse work at my own discretion if it expresses racist, transphobic, homophobic, or misogynistic sentiments, or prejudice against political or religious beliefs. Critique is fine; prejudice is not.

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For all editing services and enquiries, please use the contact form below.

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