Editing Services

You: A writer of YA, NA, or adult fiction or creative nonfiction who has written the thing. Now you need a kick-ass editor - intelligent, honest, articulate, "gets" what you're doing - to help you bring it to the next level.

Me: A freelance editor, writer, and former college writing instructor with a Master’s degree in English and over 13 years of editing experience who is committed to helping writers achieve their aims. I'm particularly passionate about character-driven narratives that explore important questions about being human in ways that are fresh, accessible, deeply connecting, and entertaining, and in work that's a little off-center from the mainstream, such as trans-genre work and work that challenges societal norms and/or the conventions of a genre.

Even though I manage a group of editors and writing coaches, I reached outside of my circle and contacted Sione because I was impressed with her positive attitude and her level of confidentiality in regards to client material. Sione is a gem. She was able to glean the purpose of my novel, the importance of it to me, and the critical issues that were holding my novel back from being the book I need it to be. Her feedback launched me into the next phase of edits. I was motivated to keep working because Sione didn’t overload the feedback. She kept to the key points and created a manageable plan for me to use going forward. She is gracious, professional and innately gifted. 
 – Kristin, PhD, writer of literary fiction & poetry


Entrusting my manuscripts to Sione is one of the best things I’ve done yet as a writer. Sione’s thoughtful feedback consistently enables me to strengthen my fiction as well as more deeply appreciate what’s working and what isn’t. Sione’s comments gave me the clarity I needed to refine a story collection into a more compelling form, which was then accepted by a small press that I’m delighted to be working with. 
Soramimi Hanarejima, writer of short speculative fiction


You can depend on me to give clear, honest, and compassionate feedback that respects your vision for your work while helping you take it to the next level. To learn more about what you can expect as an editing client, please read "My Editing Philosophy."

Editing services and rates

Just the Beginning - $249
An in-depth edit of the first 50 pages (approx. 15,000 words) of your full-length novel or creative nonfiction book that focuses on hook, setting, tone, characters, narrative arc, theme(s), clarity, flow, transitions/signposting, continuity, and what readers will expect from the rest of the book. Designed for those who plan to query or submit to contests or who want to spend some extra time getting the beginning just right.
Includes:
  • Comments in the margins of your manuscript
  • A letter containing a summary of the feedback and recommended priorities for revision
  • A 30-minute video or voice chat to discuss the feedback

Extra read of the first 50 pages - $99
A full re-read of the first 50 pages that results in feedback on whether the issues identified in the previous round(s) of editing are resolved and/or what more needs to be done to meet the writer's goals. Includes a feedback letter.

Full Manuscript
High-level developmental editing
Starting at $555 for 50K words
A high-level edit of your full manuscript that focuses on audience, theme(s), character development, internal & external conflict, narrative arc, point of view, and overall structure.
Includes:
  • Comments in the margins of your manuscript
  • A letter containing a summary of the feedback and recommended priorities for revision
  • A 30-minute video or voice chat to discuss the feedback

Substantive editing
Starting at $1670 for 50K words
An in-depth, scene-by-scene edit of your manuscript that focuses on style, clarity, flow, transitions/signposting, continuity, and patterns in line and copy editing issues. Designed for those who have already made high-level revisions and are ready to dig into the details.
Includes:
  • Comments in the margins of your manuscript
  • A letter containing a summary of the feedback and recommended priorities for revision
  • A 30-minute video or voice chat to discuss the feedback

Complete package
Starting at $2575 for 50K words
Four* rounds of feedback to take your manuscript from a readable first draft to ready for copy editing. Designed for those who are willing and able to commit to the editing and revision stages for the next several months.
The process:
  1. One round of high-level developmental editing, including comments in the margins and a feedback letter
  2. A 30-minute video or voice chat to discuss the feedback
  3. A second high-level read after revisions, including a feedback letter
  4. One round of substantive editing after further revisions, including comments in the margins and a feedback letter
  5. A 30-minute video or voice chat to discuss the feedback
  6. A second substantive read after revisions, including a feedback letter
Total editing time: 7-9 weeks
Total turnaround time including your part: up to 12 months
*Note: Extra reads may be added to the complete package by mutual agreement for an additional charge.

Extra read 
A full re-read of the manuscript that results in feedback on whether the issues identified in the previous round(s) of editing are resolved and/or what more needs to be done to ready the manuscript for the next stage in the process. Includes a feedback letter. Cost depends on length of manuscript and whether it's a follow-up to high-level or substantive editing. Contact me for a quote.

A la carte
30-minute voice or video chat to discuss your writing project - $25
1 hr of editing - $50

Ready to schedule a sample edit or request a custom quote? Use the contact form in the right-hand sidebar or email me at sioneaeschliman (at) gmail (dot) com.
 I also refer clients to reliable and talented copy editors.

Selected editing experience

  • Developmental editing of A Sexuality, an NA contemporary romance novel by Nae Kurth
  • Developmental editing of Incognolio, a surrealist novel by Michael Sussman
  • Developmental editing of Two, a science fiction novel by Jane Gilmartin
  • As participating editor in the March 2016 Pitch to Publication Twitter contest, developmental and line editing of The Exquisiteness of Seeing, a women's fiction novel with a strong magical realism element by Tabitha Bird, and Magic City, a paranormal romance by Heather Leonard
  • Substantive and copy editing of Visits to the Confabulatorium, a collection of speculative flash fiction stories by Soramimi Hanarejima, subsequently accepted for publication by Montag Press; editing of two more of Hanarejima's collections of short fiction: The Mellow Drama of Counterfactual Permutations (working title; developmental editing) and Coping Strategies (working title; developmental and substantive editing).
  • Developmental editing of Where the Sugar Trees Grow, a historical fiction novel by Maree Miller
  • Developmental editing of In Between, an erotic contemporary romance novel by Sassy Jacksun
  • Developmental and copy editing of What Would Little Red Riding Hood Do?: 7 Ways to Face your Wolf and Live Happily Ever After, a self-help book for young women by Eleanor Healy
  • Developmental editing of Isabelle and Bellamy, a science fantasy novel by James Henson
  • Developmental, line, and copy editing of Zoey Derrick's contemporary romance novel Finding Love's Wings and paranormal romance novella series The Reason Series (Give Me Reason, Give Me Hope, Give Me Desire, and Give Me Love); copy editing of Chasing Love's Wings
  • Copy editing of Damage Done by Virginia Duke
  • Developmental, line, and copy editing of short fiction and poetry by Andrew Michael Roberts that was published in The Portland Review, Quick Fiction, Iowa Review, Seattle Review, Pool, Margie, Sentence, Cue, and Paragraph