I critique short stories and novels—parts or the entirety. I provide very thorough feedback, targeting line-level edits and/or how the piece is working as a whole. Below are the kinds of editing I do and my rates. Contact me if you’d like more information or if you’d like to set something up.
A comprehensive critique is a combination of line level and developmental feedback (see below for those distinctions). This is the most thorough and most helpful kind of critiquing, and it constitutes the vast majority of the critiquing I do for short stories and chapters. $45/hour; usually at a pace of 8-10 pages an hour.
If you’ve finished a novel and need a reader to give you a holistic assessment of what’s working and what isn’t, then I can help you out. A beta read is a developmental edit of the whole story. I charge $40/hour, and I point out plot holes, character inconsistencies, and places where you might be losing reader (agent/publisher) engagement. I give you comments at the end of every chapter and an overall assessment of the novel. My rate typically ends up somewhere around $2.00 a page. My turnaround depends entirely on how many beta reads I have on deck. Inquire for my current schedule.
This is holistic assessment. I look at the story’s pacing, characters, and plot, with an eye on the story’s being engaging and emotionally moving. I charge $40/hour and work at a pace of 15-20 pages an hour.
I focus on polishing sentences, condensing, commenting on word choices, improving rhythm, pointing out inconsistencies in voice, but no whole-level feedback. $35/hour
I focus on grammar, spelling, and punctuation only; no comments on the ideas, the story, the development, the rhythm. $35/hour, and generally, I move at a pace of about 20 pages an hour, depending on the kind of text.
Do you want some instruction tailored to your specific needs?
Here’s how it works:
- You submit 10-50 pages for me to look at.
- From those pages, I take note of the strengths and weaknesses in your writing.
- We meet for an hour (via video conference) weekly, biweekly, or monthly–your choice–to discuss your writing and to give you a personalized lesson.
- I’ll recommend further reading or in some cases, a short video course of mine.
- You work on either revising or creating new work and submit 10-20 pages to me for comment.
- We repeat the meetings for as long as you’d like.
There’s a lot of flexibility in how we go about things. Contact me to open up the discussion.
Here are baseline prices:
- Single conference: $140
- 4-meeting package: $500
- 6-meeting package: $700
- 8-meeting package: $800
Prices include the initial assessment of pages and critiques of 10-20 pages (the homework), but don’t include any additional editing or prices of paid courses I’d recommend.
Contact me to get started: