Editing Services

My strengths:

  • I’m very detail-oriented and thorough
  • I currently work as a developmental & copy editor for Soul Mate Publishing
  • I am a published author
  • I’ve been writing and critiquing for over a decade
  • I’ll give you honest feedback, but not in a way that is overly harsh

“Tamara is the consummate professional. She works well with our authors, communicates in a timely fashion, has a keen eye for detail, and helps authors with both story development and copy editing. She has a warm, kind approach, which makes working with her an enjoyable experience.” ~ Debby Gilbert, publisher, Soul Mate Publishing

“Tamara Hughes has worked on several projects with me, and I highly recommend her. She’s thorough, insightful, professional, prompt, and reasonably priced.” ~ Barbara Longley, Amazon bestselling author

“Tamara has a great eye for detail and catches things I’ve missed over and over. Best of all, her suggestions are made with a smile I may not see, but I know is there.” ~ Pamela Gibson, Award-winning author

The services I provide:
Developmental Editing (For Romance Novels only):

$.0075/word. For example, the avg. cost for a 60,000 word novel would be $450. (Please note this may change upon the evaluation of the manuscript sample if it is deemed that more than average work will be required.)

This includes a review of…

  • overall story structure
  • character goal, motivation, and conflict
  • inner character growth
  • pacing
  • conflict/tension

Also includes stylistic editing:

  • identifying areas that can be changed for deeper POV
  • rewording of awkward or confusing sentences
  • suggestions for improving passive writing

Usually a developmental edit consists of two rounds of editing. The first round includes a marked up copy of the manuscript and typically an editorial letter outlining suggestions for larger changes. The second round is completed after changes are made.

Copyediting:

$.0065/word. For example, the avg. cost for a 60,000 word novel would be $390. (Please note this may change upon the evaluation of the manuscript sample if it is deemed that more than average work will be required.)

This includes checks for consistency, grammar usage, punctuation, typos, etc.

Edits are based off the Chicago Manual of Style and Webster’s Dictionary.

Usually copyedits consists of two rounds of editing.

*As long as I am already looking in such detail at the manuscript, I can provide proofreading for an additional $.0034/word. For example, the avg. cost for a 60,000 word novel would be $200.

Comprehensive Editing Package:

Includes both developmental editing and copyediting (and proofreading if you so choose) at a slightly discounted rate. Two to three rounds of editing can be expected in the comprehensive editing package.

Note: Research of story subject matter isn’t included in any of these services.

Payments will be made through PayPal in two installments. 50% up front and 50% after the first round of editing is complete.

The cost will be agreed upon before I begin and is based on how much time will be needed to complete the work, estimated from seeing a sample from your manuscript.

The manuscript should be saved as an electronic Microsoft Word document (typically in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one-inch side margins, and indented paragraphs). Track Changes will be used in the editing process.

If you’d like a quote, contact me using the form below.