Reading and Editing Services

I offer a range of services to help writers create powerful stories, and make the heart of their tales shine. From specialized reading to developmental editing, let me know how I can help you!

I currently have work openings for January 2018 and onward. Please be aware that unless the story is short, I only accept one client per month in order to respect my promised turnover times and keep time for my writing.

I am always willing to offer severely discounted prices (think 50% off and more) to marginalized writers and to work out payment plans, especially if we know each other.

Sensitivity Reading

A sensitivity reader reads through a manuscript looking for issues of representation and bias on the page. A sensitivity reading is not a professional editing service, and their goal is not to provide feedback regarding the craft elements of the manuscript, such as pacing, characters, plot, grammar, etc.

As the owner of the aromantic and asexual database, I have a great overview of the current state of representation for asexuality and aromanticism. I am involved in both the asexual and aromantic communities’ discussions on problematic tropes and wordings. In addition to harmful sentence phrasing (ex.: “just friends” for aromanticism) or character tropes to avoid (ex.: the loner, the inhuman), I have written about larger patterns in asexual and aromantic fiction, such as this post on exile, stillness, and death. I now have years of experience critically reading ace and aro fiction that add to my own personal experiences of these identities, and I can help you not only get the experience right, but also avoid reinforcing negative narratives of asexuality and aromanticism. My specific identities are asexual with light touch aversion, demiromantic and grayromantic (both of them, yes). 

Price Range

Under 10,000 words: $25 dollars
10,000 words to 40,000 words: $50-$100
40,000 words to 80,000 words: $100-$175
80,000 words to 120,000 words: $175-$225
120,000 words or more: $225 and up

I typically require 30 to 60 days to complete my sensitivity reading and return the report (1-3 pages).

You can find my boilerplate contract here: SR Terms of Services_Model

Short Editorial Letter (Beta Reading)

As a beta reader, I will read your manuscript and comment on the large scale issues—plot, pacing, character arcs, themes. What you will receive is a 2-3 page editorial letter touching upon these issues. Your manuscript will not contain comments through the text or scene-by-scene edits. This package includes 2-3 hours of discussion on the feedback received, if needed. I will not reread the MS after your edits.

Genres: Fantasy and science-fiction, both adult and YA, including novels that may cross over into other genres (such as romance).

Pricing: $0.002/word

I require a two weeks of delay for manuscript under 60,000 words, and a month for manuscripts over that. For anything longer than 150,000 words, please contact me to discuss the schedule.

Full Developmental Editing

As a developmental editor, I am a partner for your novel. My goal is to find the heart of your novel and help you make your vision shine at every level of your novel. I will look at the way theme, character arcs, plot, and pacing work within your story and give you feedback to link them into a cohesive, powerful whole. Furthermore, I will look at each scene individually within the structure and comment on their respective beats, highlighting anything I find confusing, lacking, or breathtaking as I go. While developmental editing involves a running commentary, it is not a linear process for me, and I often go back and forth within a story to adjust or add feedback.

Price includes a bank of 5-10 hours of discussion on my feedback to help you integrate and understand it, if needed, as well as one read-through with a short (1 page max) editorial letter after your revisions are made.

Genres: Fantasy and science-fiction, both adult and YA, including novels that may cross over into other genres (such as romance).

Pricing: $0.008/word

I require a month of delay for manuscript under 60,000 words, and two months for manuscripts over that. For anything longer than 150,000 words, please contact me to discuss the schedule.

I am always willing to provide a first scene of sample edits for free.

** I do not edit anything under 20,000 words. I do not provide line editing or copy editing. I do not edit anything outside of the genres listed (so no erotica). The reason I refuse these is that I am not the right person for these jobs. I could give decent edits, but I would rather you spend your money on a specialist.

Payments

Payment must be made through Paypal. All prices stated on this page are in USD.

All payments for services of $150 or less must be made prior to the rendering of said service. Any service over $150 (inclusively) may be split into two payments: half before, and half upon completion.

I am always willing to offer severely discounted prices to marginalized writers and to work out payment plans.

Submitting an Inquiry

Want to hire me? The simplest, smoothest way is to fill out this quick form! I will get back to you within a week with price and schedule information. You may also e-mail me at all times at claudiea.writer AT gmail DOT com.