Editorial Services

Whether you plan to seek traditional publication
or you plan to self-publish, contracting my services
is an investment in your novel's future!

I have a passion for good books, and I am dedicated to improving the quality of self-published novels and to helping authors who seek traditional publication present the best manuscript possible. I provide two types of editing:

Developmental Editing

I love to analyze stories to find out what makes them tick, what works and what doesn't, and why. When I'm performing a developmental edit, I meticulously evaluate all of the elements of a manuscript: language, organization, flow, pacing, story structure, characterization, and emotional connection, and provide an honest assessment of the manuscript's strengths and weaknesses, along with detailed suggestions for improvement. My rate for developmental editing is hourly-based and includes follow up correspondence during the revision process. Please send an email inquiry with a brief manuscript synopsis and page count for a price quote.

I take on small jobs too! I'm happy to evaluate beginnings, or to help smooth out trouble spots or problem scenes. Email me to chat about your project: jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Thank you for your tough questions. I've had a chance to really look beyond what I wrote initially and see how much better the story can be. I couldn't have done this without you. ~ Gayle Mullen Pace
One thing I realized, editors need just as much feedback as us authors do. You get that creative spark going just like I do--so we both need to be able to work off of each other. The discussion today showed me we could do that, and that's absolutely WONDERFUL!  ~ Kathryn Loch


The term "copyediting" is often loosely applied to cover a range of editorial tasks, but what it really entails are simply these "4 Cs": clarity, coherency, consistency, and correctness.

My goal is to deliver a manuscript that reads smoothly and is error-free before it goes to publication, and I pride myself on maintaining an author's voice and style while editing. A copyedit is much more thorough than a proofread, and these are the areas I focus on:

Mechanical Editing, which includes spelling, capitalization, hyphenation, punctuation, use of abbreviations and acronyms, and treatment of quotations and numbers.

Language Editing, which includes the correction of errors in grammar, usage, diction, and word choice.

Content Editing, which includes querying any story inconsistencies, and in the case of historical fiction, keeping an eye out for anachronisms and factual errors.

A copyedit is conducted on the final draft of a manuscript, after a developmental edit has been performed (if one is required or desired). In addition to correcting typos, punctuation, and grammar, I will make changes in the text to improve readability. I will make simple revisions to improve awkward passages and to balance choppy or overly long sentences, and I may rearrange a few paragraphs to improve flow. However, if I come across any sections of text that require major revision, I will refer them back to you for evaluation.

While copyediting, I will not make judgments on what elements of the story should or should not be included in your manuscript as I would during a developmental edit. But if I come across any story problems, discrepancies, or inconsistencies, I will point them out to you.

I strive to keep my rates affordable, and they are based on a combination of page count and time required to complete the edit. I typically conduct a sample edit of ten pages of a manuscript free of charge to determine my rate and estimated completion time. This also gives a potential client a chance to see how I work and to decide if my style will be compatible with theirs.

I edit electronically in MS Word using the Track Changes feature, so authors can easily see every edit I make and determine which edits to keep and which to discard.

I use the Chicago Manual of Style as my guide and keep a running "style sheet" for each project, which helps me keep track of editing decisions and helps authors see at a glance what I've worked on while editing a manuscript.

Genres I work with:

My specialty is historical fiction, and I edit across all of its subgenres including romance, mystery, inspirational, fantasy, supernatural, time travel, steampunk, gay/lesbian, and young adult. I also enjoy working with traditional and urban fantasy and paranormal and contemporary romance. At this time, I am not taking on contemporary non-romantic fiction, middle grade, sci-fi, horror, nonfiction, or memoirs. (No offense intended to those of you writing in these genres, but you really would be better served by an editor who is more familiar with them than I am!)

What you can expect from me:

Professionalism. I like to keep things light and I like to have fun, but I take my work very seriously. I strive to provide every client with personal, professional service and valuable advice.

Accessibility. Since my laptop is basically an extension of me, and my cell phone is always at hand, you should never have trouble reaching me. I promise to respond quickly and effectively to your inquiries.

Confidentiality. Rest assured I will keep your work in complete confidence and privacy, and your work will remain completely your own.

Follow-up consultations. My job doesn’t end when I hand your manuscript back to you. I take a personal interest in helping all of my clients find publishing success. My door is always open for questions, ideas, and conversations, and I'm happy to help my clients promote their published novels via my blogs and social media feeds.

What you should know:

You and I will both sign my standard contract for services and will be bound by its terms. I accept payment through Paypal. Fifty percent of my editorial fee is due before I begin work. The remaining fifty percent is due when I return your edited manuscript to you.

We will begin our relationship via email, but may progress to telephone, online chat, or skype sessions. We will utilize whichever forms of communication you are most comfortable with.

When all is said and done, you are under no obligation to utilize any of my suggestions in your final published novel. But if you do, I would appreciate a mention in the front matter of the book and a brief testimonial for my portfolio.

At any given time I'm usually booked 6-8 weeks in advance, so it's never too early to contact me to reserve a spot on my schedule.

Please visit my Credentials Page for testimonials from my clients!

Contact me to chat about your project! jennyq@historicaleditorial.com