2020 is full. One or two slots set aside for regulars. Inquire if interested.
Developmental Beta Read: $8 per 1,000 words (Most popular service.)
Includes heavy developmental editing, some line edits, feedback on the plot and characters, comments throughout your manuscript, and a 2-4 page editorial letter. A Dev Beta is equivalent to 1/3 of a full Developmental Edit. Average read is 5-10 days. $50 minimum
Full Dev Edit: $17 per 1,000 words.
A Full Developmental Edit is the equivalent of two or three Dev Beta Reads.
This process varies. While my main focus is Developmental Editing, new writers should expect more line-level edits, style edits, and changes to dialog and pacing. More experienced writers who send cleaner drafts will get something closer to a traditional Developmental Edit with more detailed editorial letters and more in-depth notes on scenes. $100 minimum
How it works:
I'm big on actionable critique. I don't tell you that something is bad, we figure out why it isn't working and where to fix it. Maybe the pacing doesn't match the tone, narrative focus is in the wrong place, no motivation, stilted dialog, a million little variables. We don't scrap the chapter. We make it work. I get really into my authors' books. I follow their releases and cheer them on.
I've been editing for other authors since college a decade ago (and in workshops long before that). A friend in publishing was sending novels for me to work on. (At the time I lived on a leaky sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico and got around by bicycle.) That lasted a few years, then I was a professional artist, a wildlife researcher for a couple of summers, and wrote and published my own books. After that I was living in the Keys, where the snorkeling is fantastic. I had a real job, a dry-land apartment, and a lovely fiancee who doesn't mind me spending all my time playing with words. Now we're moving to the North Atlantic, to another coastal town. I'm active in the writing scene again. I go to conferences, chat with my clients/friends about upcoming projects and publish little books of my own from time to time.
I've been editing full time for over three years now. I left my day job at the beginning of 2019 and I have all of you to thank for it.
My website is a tad out of date but there is a contact form on there as well as links to my own books and my art business. http://www.dustinporta.com/editing.html
You can also post here if you're interested, or pm me on kboards.
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Basic Services: Temporarily Open
I reopen these when I have gaps to fill in the schedule.
Proofreading $2.50 per 1000 words
I'll catch typos, mistakes, and sentence fragments. I'll point out awkward language and give very basic plot feedback. $40 minimum
Beta Reading $2.50 per 1000 words
Includes notes at the end of every chapter. I will find what is and is not working with plot, character, and setting. Includes a 1-2 page writeup at the end. $40 minimum