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Congratulations on finishing your book.

It's a long, arduous process completely misunderstood by your family, your friends, and your co-workers. But you have persevered, spending many hours at the keyboard, forsaking television, movies, and nights out all because you had a story you wanted to tell. And now, it's finished. Not only that, but you've done your research on what comes next. You know you want to send it to Gargantuan Publishers Inc., or you know you want to self-publish through Amazon, or you have a list of literary agents you're going to try. Again, congratulations are due. Not everyone has such clear goals. But perhaps you're missing a step.

The editing process.

"Oh," you might be saying, "I'm not worried about that. I edited it myself. My wife/husband/beta reader says it's fine. Plus, I've been through it tons of times. I even used spell check."

Another pair of eyes, however, will catch much that you missed. Your beta reader might give you some excellent suggestions and attempt to correct your grammar, but does so without pay and usually isn't a professional. And unless your wife or husband is a publisher, writer, or editor, there's a chance you're being told what you want to hear rather than what you need to hear. The publisher you send it to, however, will tell you exactly what's wrong. So will the literary agents. If you decide to self-publish, your readers will be more than happy to point out your grammatical errors, your factual mistakes, and why so-and-so can't enter a room at the exact time you say he does. And they will tell you in excruciating detail. Unfortunately, by that time your hard work has been undone. The publisher won't look at it again, the literary agent will put it aside until later, and your reader won't take a chance on your second self-published book.

Don't let this happen to your words. Your story. If it's important enough for you to tell, it's important enough to warrant the attention of a professional editor. That's me. In addition to editing or authoring the books listed on my Publications page, I have done content and/or line editing for MLR Press, Bold Strokes Books, Lethe Press, and Wilde City.


Send me the first 20 pages of your manuscript. I will do a full content and line edit (I'll explain these in a bit) and return them to you for review as an example of how I work and what I think. I'll send you the edited manuscript as well as a monetary quote and an approximate delivery date of the entire manuscript should we decide to work together.


For a full edit of a book-length manuscript (80,000-100,000 words), anywhere from $300.00 to $600.00 depending on what you ask me to do and how much work needs to be done. I can't give you an exact figure until I actually see the manuscript and estimate how extensive the work will be, but this is a pretty good ballpark. Longer manuscripts, of course, will run extra.


A content edit looks at the plot, characters, and pacing of the manuscript as well its consistency. Are there missed opportunities for characterization? Is the voice too passive and distanced? Does the plot have holes? Do the characters' eye colors match all the way through? What needs to be cut or expanded? Do all the facts check out? Is there clunky prose that needs to be smoothed? Chapters to be eliminated or added? A line edit looks at grammar, punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, and the nuts and bolts of your novel (according to the Chicago Manual of Style and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary). HOWEVER, my edits are integrative. I look at both. Your book will get a close reading including the correction of nuts and bolts problems as well as content issues. My role is to make certain that your story shines as brightly as possible.


Email me at pfloydian191@hotmail.com to begin the process. Let me know who you are, and what your project is about. I'll ask for the first 20 pages of your manuscript and do a sample edit along with a dollar figure and deadline, which I'll return to you. If we're all on the same page at that point, I'll ask for half the fee up front as a deposit with the remainder due upon delivery of the edited manuscript.

I hope I've answered any questions you might have, but feel free to email me if you think of something I haven't already covered. Thanks, and I hope we can work together soon!

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