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Do you want your manuscript to captivate your audience from the first to the last word?

I’m Lorna Lee, Ph.D., an author, editor and the person who will help your manuscript sparkle, attracting the kind of attention it deserves.

Why choose me as your next editor?

  • Like you, I’m an author, too, so I’m familiar with what you’ve gone through to get to this point, with what you’re facing now and with the challenges ahead of you.
  • I’m certified in editing, and I have access to multiple editing resources.
  • You won’t have to worry about grammar gremlins, punctuation problems, or any of those many manuscript mishaps that distract readers from your message because I will notice and fix those things for you.
  • Your deadlines are important, so I take them seriously.
  • Having someone else read and suggest changes to your hard work is often nerve-wracking and challenging. When you work with me, you work with someone who respects your voice, offers constructive, gentle suggestions, and keeps our relationship professional but lighthearted.
  • You will be able to contact me in the way you feel most comfortable: email, telephone, and (if necessary) FaceTime or Skype. And I respond promptly (within 24 hours, often less).

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What qualifies me to edit your masterpiece?

  • I have authored two books and worked with two editors for each book. So I have experience on both sides of this partnership.
  • I am trained in editing any manuscript, but I specialize in editing fiction, creative nonfiction, and business communications.
  • I have published several articles in my local newspaper.
  • I am a contributing writer for a monthly magazine.
  • Two of my short stories have won critical acclaim in national contests.
  • I teach workshops on how to write creative nonfiction and fiction.

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What are my services and prices?

 

Editing (Are you communicating your message in the most effective and captivating way possible?)

Package A includes:

  • Big-Picture or Structural Editing (Is your manuscript structured properly so that everything makes sense?)
    You will get one read-through and detailed feedback via email and in your manuscript on what works and what may need reworking to make your manuscript more effective in terms of theme, story structure, plot, pacing, and/or character arc.
  • Stylistic Editing (Are you delivering your message in the most clear and effective manner possible?)
    You will get another (2nd) read-through finding and offering alternatives to confusing sentences, overused or easily misunderstood words, jargon, inconsistencies in voice or POV, lack of variation in sentence length or structure, and awkward transitions between paragraphs or chapters.
  • Copyediting/Proofreading (Is your manuscript free of inconsistencies, factual errors, typos, spelling, and punctuation errors?)
    You will get a final (3rd) read-through finding and correcting errors in basic grammar, punctuation, typos, and word usage. This editing pass also picks up any small errors involving dates, places, names, historical facts, or special details unique to your manuscript that, if not caught, would be jarring to the reader. (Example: the main character’s name changes spelling half-way through the book from Jaimee to Jaime.)

To get all of these services and to have your manuscript shine, these are the rates: $500 USD for manuscripts under 20,000 words/$750 for 20,000 to under 50,000 words/$1,000 for 50,000 to under 70,000 words/$1,500 for 70,000 to under 90,000 words/$2,000 for under 90,000 to 110,000 words/$2,500 for under 110,000 to 130,000 words/and so on ($500 more for every 20,000 words)

Package B includes:

  • Stylistic Editing (Are you delivering your message in the most clear and effective manner possible?)
    You will get another (2nd) read-through finding and offering alternatives to confusing sentences, overused or easily misunderstood words, jargon, inconsistencies in voice or POV, lack of variation in sentence length or structure, and awkward transitions between paragraphs or chapters.
  • Copyediting/Proofreading (Is your manuscript free of inconsistencies, factual errors, typos, spelling, and punctuation errors?)
    You will get a final (3rd) read-through finding and correcting errors in basic grammar, punctuation, typos, and word usage. This editing pass also picks up any small errors involving dates, places, names, historical facts, or special details unique to your manuscript that, if not caught, would be jarring to the reader. (Example: the main character’s name changes spelling half-way through the book from Jaimee to Jaime.)

To get these services and to have your manuscript shine, these are the rates: $400 USD for manuscripts under 20,000 words/$600 for 20,000 to under 50,000 words/$1,000 for 50,000 to under 70,000 words/$1,400 for 70,000 to under 90,000 words/$1,800 for under 90,000 to 110,000 words/$2,200 for under 110,000 to 130,000 words/and so on ($400 more for every 20,000 words)

Package C includes:

  • Copyediting/Proofreading (Is your manuscript free of inconsistencies, factual errors, typos, spelling, and punctuation errors?)
    You will get a final (3rd) read-through finding and correcting errors in basic grammar, punctuation, typos, and word usage. This editing pass also picks up any small errors involving dates, places, names, historical facts, or special details unique to your manuscript that, if not caught, would be jarring to the reader. (Example: the main character’s name changes spelling half-way through the book from Jaimee to Jaime.)

To get this services and to have your manuscript shine, these are the rates: $300 USD for manuscripts under 20,000 words/$500 for 20,000 to under 50,000 words/$800 for 50,000 to under 70,000 words/$1,100 for 70,000 to under 90,000 words/$1,400 for under 90,000 to 110,000 words/$1,800 for under 110,000 to 130,000 words/and so on ($300 more for every 20,000 words)

Click here for a PDF of the editing package descriptions and prices.

 

NOTE: Word count charges are based initially on the original manuscript. If the final, edited manuscript is over 2,000 words longer, the author’s final bill will be adjusted to reflect the final manuscript’s word count.

 

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Formatting (Is your manuscript ready share?) 

 

A. Formatting for either Kindle or Createspace:

  1. eliminating all “special/hidden characters” that would either be rejected by the conversion software or make the converted book look strange
  2. making sure the documents comply with the standard “look” for books published in both formats
  3. adding chapter heads, page numbers, and (if desired) a header with the title of the book on each page—center, left-justified or right-justified depending on author preference
  4. changing fonts and font size for chapter heads
  5. inserting page breaks between each chapter (so each chapter begins on a new page regardless of additions or deletions to the manuscript by the author in subsequent edits)
  6. adjusting margins, line spacing, line justification and page size to standard book size and appearance
  7. adding special acceptable characters to indicate section breaks within chapters (if applicable)

B. Additional formatting required for Createspace includes (all of A plus):

  1. creating a gutter margin to accommodate for the spine
  2. insuring that all chapters begin on a new (right-handed) page
C. A and B above plus (all text provided by author): 
  1. a title page (right-handed sided for Createspace/separate page for Kindle) with no page number or header
  2. copyright page with standard language that can be changed by the author and ISBN either provided by the author or filled in by the author once the documents are formatted (new page, no header or page number)
  3. dedication page (new page, header/page number in lower case Roman numeral optional)
  4. Acknowledgements page (new page, header/page number in lower case Roman numeral optional)—if author prefers this page in the back of the book, all the same, except either no page regular number or page number, depending on author preference)
  5. Forward/Preface (new page, header, page number in lower case Roman numeral or starting at page 1—author’s option)
D. Testing the formatted documents on my Kindle and Createspace accounts
 
E. Testing the formatted documents on author’s Kindle and Createspace accounts (author must provide access to both accounts)
 
F. Delivery of four (4) documents to the author:
  1. Kindle (word doc)
  2. Kindle (PDF)
  3. Createspace (word doc)
  4. Createspace (PDF)
NOTE: Turn-around time depends on the extent of formatting the manuscript requires.

Package 1: You get all of these services. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the technical aspects of getting your book out to the public for $700 USD. Manuscripts over 120,000 words $900 USD.

Package 2: You get services A, B, D, E, F. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the technical aspects of getting your book out to the public for $500 USD.  Manuscripts over 120,000 words $700 USD.
Optional Purchase of discount ISBN (International Standard Book Number) with completed registration with Bowker: $75 USD for each version of book ($150, total)—only available upon purchase of Package 1 or 2.
Click here for a PDF of the formatting package descriptions and prices.

NOTE: Formatting for Microsoft Word or Word-compatible documents only.

 

Click here to ask me a question about formatting and/or editing your manuscript!

If you are curious about what others charge, click here for a nice summary of the industry standard.

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A FREE Sample Edit? Tell me more!

Send me the first ten (10) double-spaced pages of your manuscript in a Microsoft Word document (or Word-compatible document), and I will edit it for FREE!

After you get my edits and comments back, you can decide if you would like to work with me and we can discuss the details of what is needed and work out a contract.

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Comments from my Clients

“I would like to thank my amazing editor, Lorna. Without you, Origin wouldn’t be half as amazing as it is now. You came to grips with the complicated lives and personalities of my characters, and our partnership grew ever stronger through that. I can’t wait to work with you through the remains of this series and to see where this world takes us.”
Lauren Dowding, author of Origin: The Mortal King (Book 1)

“I’ve worked with professionals, including an editor who worked at Simon & Schuster and have to say that Lorna’s work is every bit as good. Her editing skills 
are superb as is her level of understanding of the components of writing a compelling story. I’m looking forward to working with her again
and highly recommended her.”
Paulette Mahurin, best-selling author of four novels. (Her most recent book, The Seven Year Dress, has been on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Seller List for many months.)

“Lorna responded to one of my calls for beta readers for a work in progress two years ago. Her findings and comments at the time were way beyond the call of duty for such a task, giving me a detailed critique of my writing style, characterisation and pointing out even the smallest inconsistencies and errors.
It is rare to find such diligence and commitment at this stage of the publishing process, which is why I have asked Lorna to help me with every new novel since.

I was not surprised to find that she was enrolled in an editing course by then. She seems to have a natural talent for this. Lorna turned around each one of my books in a short space of time and has contributed immensely to their success through both general and very specific observations that helped me improve the book stylistically, grammatically and factually, with attention to detail, consistency and with sensitivity to the differences between British and American English. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”
Christoph Fischer, best-selling author of twelve novels.

“Lorna has a keen eye and wonderful customer service. I would trust her to look at any of my manuscripts.”
Christine Keleny, author of seven novels.

“After three frustrating rewrites of a piece, a writer friend recommended Lorna. She made quick work of editing the flab and perpetual mistakes I make. I am not a computer savvy person, but the process she uses was well within my scope of expertise. In no time, she had helped me make, ‘a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.’ Her humor made the whole experience easier than I anticipated. Tips she gave me will be valuable in future work. I won’t hesitate to work with her again and recommend her to writer friends.”
Susan, an adult student of one of my writing workshops.

Are you ready to take your manuscript to the next level?

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“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.”
– Arthur Plotnik, American author, and editor

I'm looking forward to working with you!

I’m looking forward to working with you!

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