From substantive edits of 120,000-word novels to everything in between: I’ve edited newsletters, press releases, short fiction by newbies, novellas by professionals, and even legal documents. Very competitive rates and longer projects are negotiable. Read below, or visit my editing website.
Q: What is substantive editing?
A: In short, it’s an in-depth critique with suggested structural and thematic editing that must be done before a manuscript is submitted to a publisher. It’s a deep reading with the editor and writer working as a team to improve the manuscript.
Q: What is copyediting?
A: Copyediting is a little less drastic than substantive editing, and a little more bookish. It’s making sure there’s consistency in the text, line by line; it’s fact-checking, error-eliminating work.
Q: What is manuscript evaluation?
A: This is what it seems to be: a read through with comments, suggestions, a summing up of the work and how the writer has arrived there (or hasn’t yet arrived there).
I was editor of NB Ink, the newsletter of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, for over ten years. I am editor of the literary journal Galleon and have worked with dozens of authors on individual projects, both fiction and non fiction (and a few poetry manuscripts). In 2014 I joined the roster of editors at Boularderie Island Press. References are available upon request.
Costs vary based on the amount of work a manuscript may need. Generally, an edit of a 70,000-90,000 word novel will fall between $1000 – $1500. I do a sample section, estimate the time required, and give a quote. Manuscript evaluation, on the other hand, will be $300-$400 for a similar-sized project. On shorter projects I charge $50 per hour.
Contact leedthompson (at) gmail.com