Editing Services

"Editing services with Sione is a brilliant investment in the future of your writing."
- Hannah Olsen, author of YA fantasy THE CINDER KNIGHT

An editor with a Master's degree in English Literature and over 15 years providing writers with clear, honest, and constructive feedback, I specialize in developmental editing of young adult, new adult, and adult novels. On occasion, I accept short fiction and nonfiction projects as well as substantive (line) editing work for clients for whom I've previously completed a critique or an assessment.

Editing Rates & Services*

*All rates are in U.S. dollars. All references to "pages" are double-spaced pages, approx. 250-300 words per page.

Manuscript Critiques

Are my characters relatable? Does the plot move along at a good pace, or does the book succumb to the Saggy Middle Syndrome? Are there major plot holes? Is the world building consistent and understandable? Is the ending satisfying? These are the types of questions my manuscript critiques are designed to answer, which is what makes them the right choice for writers who want to focus on the storytelling aspects of their novels.

Full manuscript critique - $750 for up to 75,000 words, an additional $50 per 5,000-word block thereafter
This critique of your full manuscript provides developmental feedback tailored to your project's needs that focuses on high-level elements such as genre/category, word count, title, hook, narrative arc, conflict, structure, plot, characterization, world building, and point of view. Includes:
  • An edit letter containing the high-level feedback (minimum 5 pages)
  • A 60-minute voice or video conference to discuss the feedback and formulate a revision plan

Partial manuscript critique - $250
Designed for those who aren't quite ready for a full developmental edit, this package includes a critique of my version of a partial: the first 50 pages, the 5 pages that include the Darkest Moment, and the last 2 pages of your novel (up to 17,100 words total). Feedback focuses on the existing strengths and on the three to four greatest opportunities for further strengthening the pages. Includes:
  • An edit letter containing the high-level feedback (minimum 3 pages)
  • A 60-minute voice or video conference to discuss the feedback and formulate a revision plan

Assessments

If you're an author who wants to know what kind of first impression your opening pages make on an agent or reader - what will make them want to read more and what might give them a reason to turn away - an assessment is for you. In addition to developmental feedback about genre/category, word count, title, hook, narrative arc, conflict, structure, plot, characterization, world building, point of view, and what readers will expect from the rest of the book, this editing package includes substantive feedback about clarity, flow, transitions/signposting, continuity, and patterns in line and copy editing issues.

All assessments include:
  • Comments and/or Tracked Changes in the margins
  • An edit letter summarizing the feedback
  • A 1-pass critique of your query letter (ql), brief synopsis (bs), or book blurb (bb) up to 600 words
  • A 30-minute voice or video conference to discuss the feedback and next steps

First 5 pages + ql/bs/bb - $50
First 10 pages + ql/bs/bb - $100
First 50 pages + ql/bs/bb - $350 (includes a 60-minute voice or video conference)

Not seeing what you need? If you have a project you'd like me to consider, please email me at sioneaeschliman (at) gmail (dot) com or use the contact form in the right-hand sidebar. In the event that I don't offer the service you're looking for, I'm happy to recommend other editors.

Booking

When you contact me to inquire about editing services, I'll ask you a few questions about your project and goals to make sure we're a good fit and to collect the information I need to draft an agreement. Once I have received a signed agreement and your deposit, your editing dates and rates are locked in. Please note that my availability varies greatly; as a general rule, it's a good idea to contact me at least 4 weeks before you'd like the editing work to begin.

Payment

I require a 50% deposit before the editing work begins, and the remainder is due within 7 days of delivery of the edit letter. Payment plans are available for services over $500. I accept payment by check or PayPal. There may be a 3.5% surcharge for payment via PayPal to help cover PayPal fees.

For questions, to schedule an edit, or to request a custom quote, please email me at sioneaeschliman (at) gmail (dot) com or use the contact form in the right-hand sidebar.