- • STORY DEVELOPMENT •
- $10 Trial Edit
- Story Outline
- Manuscript Assessment
- Developmental Edit
- Spot Check
- Text Editing
- • MARKETING •
- Author Bio
- Book Description
Studies show that Good Stories sell more copies than Polished Stories. And yet, many writers associate editing with checking grammar. Before you invest in the final polish, make sure your story has been professionally developed by an editor who’s focused on the ‘big picture’ elements like character engagement, plot intrigue, and a well-paced structure. Creative development will not only improve the commercial viability of your story, but evolve your self-awareness and capabilities as a writer.
TRIAL EDIT: $10
A 2,000 word sample edit, for just $10?
It’s cheap, I know. But I’m all about helping writers, and I’d love to read your work.
When collaborating with an editor it’s important to test the quality and compatibility of their work, prior to embarking on your journey together. For just $10 I will critique 2,000 words of your writing, allowing you to sample the wares and see if we’re a good creative fit. In turn, I will advise which editing service I feel the work is ready for, and suggest a fee and schedule. This is also a great chance to get some objective feedback on your opening pages prior to engaging with readers and/or agents and publishers.
Request your trial here or email cate (at) catehogan (dot) com.
STORY OUTLINE: $100 – $300
Of all the services I offer, outline assessments are the best value for money and sadly, the most under-utilized. From analyzing if the character arcs are clear, to ensuring the structure is solid and the story is engaging, professional feedback on your synopsis can save a huge amount of editing and re-writing down the line. The fee for assessment varies depending on the length of the outline provided. Some writers choose to submit a few pages of bullet points, others will send a 50 page scene-breakdown complete with character profiles and potential sequels. In general, the more information you can include, the better. Simply send your outline through, and I’ll offer an estimate before I get started.
Contact me to discuss the best way to submit your outline.
MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT: 1c per word
(a.k.a Beta Reading & Editorial Letter)
I will read your manuscript and provide a 15 – 30 page intensive report that covers all the key strengths and weaknesses in your story, as well as important scene-specific insights. Is your protagonist engaging; are we emotionally invested in their journey? Does the opening premise hook the reader, and maintain intrigue and anticipation throughout? In addition to highlighting weak spots, I’ll outline solutions and explain how they can be implemented effectively.
Any beta reader can tell you if they like your story, and the better ones will explore why something isn’t working. But the last thing a writer needs is a long list of issues and no clear way forward. A professional editor will offer solid story fixes, leaving you inspired rather than overwhelmed.
Ready to submit your manuscript? Send me details of your project.
DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING: 1.5 to 2 cents per word
(a.k.a Content Editing, Structural Editing & Line Editing)
As you can see from the range of terms above, ‘developmental editing’ is a broad brush. In traditional publishing, the services above refer to slightly different processes, but in indie publishing, many of these are combined to cut down the number of individual edits and spare a writer’s budget. My process involves carefully reading every line of the manuscript and inserting comments that highlight what is and isn’t working in each scene. These focus on 47+ different storytelling criteria, including but not limited to:
- STYLE: Moments of confusion, repetition, sentence structure, action, description, interior monologue, exposition, dialogue, tone, inconsistent tenses, grammar, punctuation, word usage, and “showing versus telling“.
- CHARACTER: Introduction, development, complexity, originality, empathy, motivation, consistency, and authenticity.
- PLOT: Structure, pace, believability, engagement, foreshadowing, tension, story length, theme, high concept, resolution, and satisfaction.
- COMMERCIAL VIABILITY: Who is this story for, and will it effectively engage your target reader?
If the manuscript is relatively polished, the process will also include light copy edits. In addition to the edits and comments in the MS, you will receive an in-depth, 10+ page report that includes general impressions of the novel, and specific story solutions.
Think of your book as a beautiful sculpture. After all the effort invested, it would be premature to polish the marble before ensuring the shape and form is strong and appealing. Developmental editing is an essential step for publishing a commercially viable novel.
Wondering if your story would be best served with an outline assessment, manuscript assessment, or developmental edit? Let’s start with a sample edit to determine next steps.
SPOT CHECK: $55 per hour
Once you’ve incorporated all that invaluable feedback, send me your updated draft (with changes ‘tracked’) and I will ensure that the recommendations have been implemented effectively. This is an economical way to receive a second round of feedback, so that you can move into your advanced draft with confidence.
Once your story, characters and structure have gone through creative development and the draft has reached an advanced stage, it’s time to give the words their final polish. Since 2016 I have specialized solely in story development, and now outsource copy editing and proofreading to editors whose services I trust. If you’re in need of a referral, feel free to contact me.
So you have a fantastic manuscript in your hands; what next? Publishing a novel is a long distance race, and you don’t want to collapse in the final fifty meters. You’ve poured your blood, sweat and tears into your work, so let’s give it the best possible chance of success. From bestselling back cover blurbs to engaging author biographies, I’m here to help you connect with your target readers professionally and strategically.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: rewrite $75 or original piece $95
(a.k.a Blurb & Teaser)
Back cover teasers could be described as ‘the 200 words that will convince a reader to invest in the following 90,000’. In short, they’re vital. We want to meet a character we can empathize with, and an intriguing hook that grabs us in a single line, without giving away spoilers. This is not a synopsis, nor is it literary prose. Your back cover teaser is marketing copy designed to capture the essence of your story, and utilize its key selling points.
Send me your synopsis and we’ll get started.
Conditions of Service
You’re protected by a money-back guarantee: if you aren’t 100% satisfied with a job, your payment (minus Paypal fees) will be refunded.
All rates are quoted in US dollars.