I would love to be your editor.
**Please note that manuscript editing services for books over 80 pages are on pause for the time being.
I’ve worked in editing and publishing for over seven years. My experience at 826CHI, Barnard College, the Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers Magazine, and for myself via Raptor Press has given me a deep, multifaceted education in contemporary publishing. By working closely with people from every side of the publishing process, I’ve learned how necessary it is to find the right fit at every stage for an author’s work from start to finish. I’ve become very adept at working with writers of all ages to help draw their voice and ideas out and translate them on the page.
It’s absolutely electric to see the joy in people when they hold something they’ve created in their hands, whether they’re a school kid, an editorial assistant, or a seasoned poet. I’ve been a writer and a part of writing communities for long enough to know that the excitement never leaves you.
Because my only insight into your life will be through your words, my opinions and edits will be unbiased and purely in the interest of your story. Whether you’re looking for a basic copy edit or a more developmental look at your work, I would be honored to help ready your manuscript for publication.
Through Raptor, I’ve edited manuscripts for Dear English Major’s From Graduation to Career Ready in 21 Days: A Guide for English Majors, the YA series The Paper Hearts Club (unpublished), and others.
For my full resume, please see my profile on Working Not Working.
After filling out the contact form with some preliminary information, I will do a trial edit on a portion of your work for free:
- Fiction/Non-Fiction Manuscripts: 5-7 pages
- Poetry: 5 poems or 7 pages (whichever is less)
- Essays: Case-by-case
The trial editing period lasts two weeks, although this can be flexible to a certain extent to meet your scheduling needs. During this time I will assess the state of your manuscript, get a feel for your voice and story, and determine my review and editing speed. It’s helpful to be as honest as possible during this edit, as it is when we will both decide whether we would work well together. At the end of the two weeks, should we decide to move forward, we will set up a meeting to discuss which avenue would be best for you:
Copy Editing | $25-$35 per hour
The hourly rate for copy editing will be determined based on the state of your manuscript. Pieces that require more attention to grammar, spelling, and punctuation will fall on the higher end, while manuscripts in fairly good shape will be on the lower. Outside of pointing out glaring structural problems, this is a purely superficial edit.
Substantive Editing | $35-$50 per hour
A developmental edit, this option won’t focus much on grammar or spelling. Instead, I will take a more in-depth look at the story itself and structural issues, providing notes and comments as may be helpful.
Based on a schedule we set with each other and the terms of our contract, I will send periodic updates on my progress with an attached invoice, to be paid within four business days of receipt.
If you’d like to send me a few pages of your manuscript or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via our contact form.
Book Layout + Text Corrections | $20-$40 per hour
If you’re looking to have an in-book copy edit or layout done for your book/zine/chapbook, I’ll provide that service at a lower cost than the Creative Cloud subscription. I work both by hand and in InDesign, and will keep in close contact so that you receive the layout that is best for you while ironing out any edits that may have been missed before and after typesetting.
I am available for rush edits for additional fee.
Pay What You Can
Raptor’s mission has always been to serve communities and artists of color. We’re all out here trying to do our best and give our love to the world for little to no pay. If you’re in need of editorial or layout work but can’t afford the standard rates, email me and we’ll try to figure something out.