Editing Services for Speculative Fiction Authors

The Creeping Jasmine Editing Process

1. Chat.

Book editing is a group project. Before we jump in, I need to know your:

  • Vision, message, and voice
  • Target audience
  • Questions and concerns
  • Tolerance for goofy jokes in my manuscript comments

2. Sample edit.

Send me your finish manuscript as a Word document. I’m happy to work with your publisher’s or literary agent’s preferred formatting. However, I do appreciate double spacing and a standard, 12-point font.

I evaluate your manuscript. Then, I recommend the editing service(s) necessary to make your book the best it can be—structural editing for story-, chapter-, and scene-level issues; line editing for paragraph- and sentence-level issues; and/or copy editing for sentence- and word-level issues. I will also provide you with a quote or quotes for my services and a sample edit.

This is when most book editing services would tell you authors don’t know how much work their books need. They might even say they won’t work with an author who doesn’t order the package they recommend.

I understand what it’s like to live on an author’s budget. I make my recommendations, but you make the final call.

3. Schedule.

Once we settle on a package, I add you to my schedule. Lead time is approximately five business days per 15,000 words.

I do not require a deposit to hold your space on my editorial calendar.

However, for projects totaling $500 or less, you must pay in full before I start work. For projects costing more than $500, you pay a 50% deposit before I begin. The remaining balance is due before you receive your final round of edits.

4. Edits begin.

Depending on the package you purchase, I begin with the highest level of edits. I do structural editing before line editing, and I do line editing before copy editing.

5. You revise.

When I complete a round of edits, you get your manuscript back. You make changes, answer my queries, and ask any questions of your own. We’ll decide in advance how long you’ll have to do this, usually four to six weeks for structural edits and two to four weeks for all other types of edits.

6. Edits finish.

After you revise, return the manuscript for the next round of edits.

7. We stay BFFs.

When we’re done, I encourage you to keep in touch! I love to know what’s going on in my clients’ lives and careers. I’m always happy to answer your questions, promote your new releases, and chat about the writing life.

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