Editing Services

You want your readers hanging onto every single word in your romance novel, but nothing throws a reader out of a story faster than cringe-worthy dialogue and misspelled sweet nothings.

Let me help you turn your WIP into a gripping love story.

I'm not just an editor - I'm your cheerleader, teammate, and coach. With a master's degree in communications and editing experience, I'll show you how to create words your readers can't forget. After working with me, you won't just have a better book. You'll also be a better writer.

Whether it's your first draft or fiftieth, let me know how I can help you with your short story, novella, or novel.*

Packages

Line editing

Line editing goes above and beyond grammar and punctuation. It's sentence structure, voice, readability, clarity, consistency, word choice, and language techniques. It's the difference between asking "Does this sentence make sense?" and "Does this sentence make sense in the story?"

A line edit takes care of the following areas:

  • Paragraph structure
  • Sentence structure
  • Consistent voice
  • Readability
  • Clarity
  • Consistency within characters/story
  • Word choice
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Style (Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.)

If you select a line edit, you will receive:

  • The corrected version of your manuscript with corrections and comments using Microsoft Word's track changes feature
  • A document including overall strengths and areas for improvement
  • A video or phone coaching call to discuss the manuscript after editing
  • A second read-through to review updates
  • 10% discount on future services

Rate: $0.015 to $0.02 per word**

Copyediting

Copyediting ensures good grammar and flow without affecting the overall structure of the manuscript. This service is more intensive than proofreading and ideal for more seasoned writers or WIPs that have already received a developmental edit.

A copyedit takes care of the following areas:

  • Clarity
  • Word choice
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Style (Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.)

If you select this service, you will receive:

  • The edited version of your manuscript with corrections and comments using Microsoft Word's track changes feature
  • A video or phone coaching call to discuss the manuscript after editing
  • 10% discount on future services

Rate: $0.01 to $0.015

Proofreading

Proofreading should be your final stage before publication or submission. During this stage, I'll pick up basic mistakes in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style, as well as ensure your work is formatted properly. This is best done in the epub/mobi/PDF version as well as in print.

A proofread covers the following areas:

  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Style (Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.)
  • Formatting

If you select this service, you will receive:

  • The edited version of your manuscript with corrections and comments using Microsoft Word's track changes feature
  • A document containing a list of formatting errors
  • 10% discount on future services

Rate: $0.07 to $.01

Contact me at kelsie@kelsiestelting.com to discuss your editing needs and receive a sample edit.

*I prefer to edit contemporary romance, but will consider other genres as well. I will not edit erotica.
**Rates vary depending on the needs of the manuscript.