Freelance Editor

If you are an author interested in having me edit your manuscript, please email me. Include the genre and word count of your story as well as what kind of editorial advice you are seeking. Or if it's easier, fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Open to any genre with speculative element: science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, young adult, or historical (I do not fact-check your history.)
Short fiction welcome!


Experience

Indie author and small press novels, novellas, and anthologies. I've worked on several professional magazines and anthologies including Lightspeed, Nightmare, Wastelands 2, Triangulation, Women Destroy SF/F/H, Fantasy Magazine (ebook conversion). References and resume available!

Testimonials


"Stephanie Lorée was about the best editor I could ask for. Her edit was thorough and exhaustive, catching a multitude of errors in mechanics, clarity, and continuity, all the while respecting the style of the piece. I recommend her to anyone looking to put the final polish on their novel."

"Stephanie is an extremely careful copyeditor, and prompt as well--a rare combination!"

"Steph has edited four of my novels (and one novella) and done a fantastic job on all of them. Her comments and suggestions are always astute, comprehensive and frequently witty. She’s always friendly and helpful, and she knows her gerund from her subjunctive. She's helped me improve my sentences, chapters and books greatly, and I recommend her highly."

"Stephanie is the total editorial package. She gave attention to every word I wrote, helping with more than just grammar, syntax, and story. Her notes explore the work from the perspective of the writer as well as the reader. She breaks down plot, pacing, character, dialog, setting, theme, ETC, and leaves you in a position to craft the best work possible. And beyond that, Stephanie offered me support, as an editor, as a fan, and as a friend. It’s really all you can ask and more."


Services & Pricing

All amounts are approximate and vary if you need heavier or lighter edits. New clients will need to provide a sample of their work, which I will edit to see if we'll be a good fit for each other. Scope of work/price will be negotiated with the author. No surprises. I require half of the agreed price up front and the final half on delivery of the final manuscript. I accept payments via PayPal (preferred) or snail-mail check.

Manuscript Evaluation ~ $50 / 10k words
This is a way for writers to receive feedback as they develop their novel and to help improve their craft. It's also great for short stories, where a line edit and copyedit might not be necessary.

I will provide 1-5 pages of editorial notes focused on the overall story and prose. I will look for plot errors, characterization issues, repetitive grammatical issues, and provide general advice to improve your word-craft. I'll cover narrative description, dialogue, actions/reactions, setting (as a character/theme), pacing, tension, emotional impact, and theme. Finally, based on my experience as an acquiring editor and slush reader, I will tell you if I believe this is ready for pro-market sale and/or which markets I'd suggest for submission.

Line edit ~ $0.01 / word
Line editing is about the sentence and paragraph level of your craft. It improves the strength of your prose, making sure your ideas are conveyed to the reader clearly and as you intended them. Line edits are not only for improving your current manuscript but also for making you a better writer in the future. A good line editor will help you develop and enhance your own authorial voice without overriding it with their own.

I will provide in-line suggestions via Word's Track Changes or Google Drive's Editing mode for the following: confusing or awkward sentences, smoothing transitions and the "flow" of sentences and paragraphs, enhancing readability, eliminating wordiness, tightening repetitive or redundant word usage, character motivation issues, depth of characterization/setting issues, point of view slips, flagging clichés, inappropriate jargon or figures of speech, and recommending show over tell where needed, including the use of passive voice.

Copyedit ~ $0.01 / word
Copyediting covers spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax. If line editing is about craft, copyediting is the minutiae of writing. It also assures your manuscript is properly formatted for your layout designer and tracks the internal consistency of your story and characters.

I will provide in-line suggestions via Word's Track Changes or Google Drive's Editing mode for the following: spelling, grammar, punctuation, incorrect word usage, verb tense changes, style consistency for hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization. I will track consistency with characters, settings, fictitious words, and plot history in a style sheet, which you will receive at the end of the project for your own uses. Unless otherwise discussed with the author, I will use The Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition (primary), American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language 5th edition (secondary), Shunn standard manuscript formatting, and US English wherever possible.

All of the above done in 3 rounds with the author ~ $0.02 / word (average for a 100k novel = $2000)
In addition to a manuscript evaluation, line edit, and copyedit, I will provide reasonable consultation during your revisions to answer any questions, provide additional feedback, and give general guidance and encouragement. This is truly having me as your personal editor. These returning clients will receive priority for booking.

Proofread ~ $0.005 / word
This is a final pass to correct any surface errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation, as well as typographical and formatting errors. I will not proofread a manuscript that has not been first seen by another editor. Corrections can be provided in Word's Track Changes, Google Drive's Editing mode, or as classic red ink on a print or scanned copy. If you choose to utilize regular postal mail, you will cover all costs of shipping and postage.

Availability






2018:
CLOSED
2019:
January - Booked
February - Booked
March - Available!
April - Available!
May - Partial Availability!
June - Available!
July - Available!
August - Partial Availability!
September - Available!
October - Partial Availability!
November - Partial Availability!
December - Available!

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