jgfairytales offers extensive copy editing and constructive critiques with personalized recommendations that will best serve your needs at affordable rates.
jgfairytales works with self-publishing authors and emerging authors from all around the globe.
New Author Critique
What It Is: A critique of single or multiple chapters adding up to no more than 5,000 words or a completed short story with no more than 7,500 words.
What You Get: A constructive critique of your excerpt or short story focusing on writing, dialogue, plot, pace, flow, timeline, characterization, point-of-view, details, descriptions, and genre. You will receive inline comments in your work as well as a document outlining the strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions for improvement.
Who It’s For: New authors who need a clear picture of what’s working and what’s not working to guide their next steps toward completion and publication (this is also a great option for authors who have not yet completed their manuscript).
How Much It Costs: $20/hour.
What It Is: A critique of your whole manuscript.
What You Get: A constructive critique of your whole manuscript focusing on writing, dialogue, plot, pace, flow, timeline, characterization, point-of-view, details, descriptions, and genre. You will receive inline comments in your work as well as a document outlining the strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions for improvement.
Who It’s For: Authors seeking a better sense of what parts of their story need additional revision, what kind of editing their book needs, or whether their manuscripts are ready to query or self-publish; authors who don’t have the budget for an edit.
How Much It Costs: $25/hour.
Extensive Editing and Copy Editing
What It Is: Paragraph-level editing (line editing) and/or sentence-level editing (copy editing).
What You Get: Extensive edits and constructive feedback designed to polish your writing while strengthening your story. I ensure that whatever appears in writing is accurate, easy to follow, fit for purpose, and free of error, omission, inconsistency, and repetition. This process picks up embarrassing mistakes, ambiguities, and anomalies.
I begin by checking that your work is complete. Are there any incomplete sentences? Do the chapter titles and other elements match up? Then I clean up your work, fixing page set-up, spacing, and fonts. I cut unwanted formatting and start to identify any problems I see, taking notes.
Working through your work, I will correct and point out any errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, style and usage, but also very long sentences and overuse of italic, bold, capitals, exclamation marks, and the passive voice.
I point out doubtful facts, weak arguments, plot holes, and gaps in the timeline. I also check that characters haven’t changed their name or hair color, look for sudden changes from first- to third-person, and monitor the timeline, among other things.
Who It’s For: Seasoned authors who want a comprehensive edit; new authors who aren’t yet experienced at assessing the narrative aspect and storytelling techniques of their books; any author who wants to learn more about the craft of storytelling. Authors seeking to produce a professional-quality manuscript.
Because polishing a manuscript before ensuring its story foundations are solid is rarely a good use of your publishing budget, I strongly recommend that unpublished authors and new clients begin with a manuscript critique.
How Much It Costs: $30/hr.
What It Is: Careful reading (and rereading) of a (yet to be finally printed) manuscript, to detect any errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar.
What You Get: I tighten up the layout of your manuscript so you’re guaranteed to land a great impression to publishers. Many agents and publishing houses have manuscript format guidelines right on their website that tell you what format is correct for that agent or publisher. If so, then I will follow what’s posted to the letter. If not, I will follow the standard formatting guidelines for submissions, including front and back matter. This may also involve checking of different elements of a layout (such as headlines, paragraphs, illustrations, and colors) for the correct dimensions, placement, type, etc.
Who It’s For: Once you’ve incorporated all your edits, made your revisions, and finished your last-minute tweaks, it’s time for one last check before contacting a publisher or heading down the self-publishing route. Every author knows that (despite the spell checking abilities of modern word processors) a human proofreader is indispensable.
How Much It Costs: $15/hr.
How can jgfairytales help with your manuscript?
Contact me to receive a quote and let’s talk about getting your work ready for publication.