Fixing books one plot hole at a time.
Content is the heart of your novel.
Don’t skip over the big-picture work! Whether you have a messy draft that needs a lot of tough love or a solid manuscript that needs you to dig deeper, this developmental editing service is for you. I will help make sure that your whole story, from start to finish, is stunning. Your manuscript will get detailed feedback and useful, achievable solutions, that keep your voice, your style, and your story yours.
- Hook your readers, and keep them invested
- Make sure every scene moves the plot along
- Dig into the hows and whys of your world
- Strengthen the bonds between your characters
- Perfectly illuminate plot arcs and backstories
- Unlimited access to me to clarify any questions about your feedback
- And so much more…
How It Works
I read through your entire manuscript at least once, digging through all of the above. Once finished, I leave notes in the manuscript and write up a 5 to 20-page report, detailing any issues and suggestions I have for your story. Rate: $0.015 per word. (0.015 x 50,000 words = $750)
All projects under 10,000 words will have a flat rate of $150.
The devil is in the details.
Now that the big picture elements are taken care of, let’s delve deeper into your book. With line edits, I go far beyond a basic grammar check. This is where I get nitty and gritty, really forcing you to make sure that every word is truly telling your story. Line by line, I go through your manuscript, going over these areas:
- Inconsistencies with details (descriptions, world building, having a character take off socks on one page, and then again on the next page, etc.)
- Awkward transitions
- Unclear phrasing
- Repetitive words (or phrases or thoughts from characters)
- Flow and pacing
- Spelling errors/misused words
- Consistency with italics vs bold
How It Works
All edits are made using The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) and Track Changes. Authors only receive one (1) round of Line Edits. However, if a second round is required, it will only be half the cost of the first round. Rate: $0.012 per word. (0.012 x 50,000 words = $600)
All projects under 10,000 words have a flat rate of $120.
The final read through.
After fixing all of the big story issues and going through each sentence to make sure that every word has a purpose, you have one final round of edits left. Proofreading
- Spelling errors
- Grammatical errors
- Inconsistencies in spelling and capitalization
- Missing or duplicate words
- Formatting issues (e.g., ensuring that quotation marks face the correct direction, dashes are not rendered as double hyphens, extra spaces are deleted)
- Chapter numbering
How It Works
It is highly suggested to get a fresh pair of eyes to do the final read of your manuscript before you hit publish. If I have not done a Developmental Edit or Line Edit on your manuscript, I would be happy to Proofread it for you. If I have already edited your manuscript, I do have other editors who I work with on a regular basis who will perform the final round edits. Rate: $0.01 per word. (0.01 x 50,000 words = $500)
All projects under 10,000 words are done at a flat rate of $100.
Back Cover Copy
Your blurb should attract new readers like a magnet!
Do you struggle with writing a captivating back cover copy? Let me help you get the recognition your book deserves with an attention-grabbing back cover copy.
I offer different style options including:
- Standard multi-paragraph style, 3rd person POV alternating H/H
- Standard multi-paragraph style, 1st person POV alternating H/H
- Standard multi-paragraph style, 1st person POV, one character
- Novelty (police blotter, To Do List, etc.)
How it works
After a quick questionnaire to make sure that we are on the same page, I will read your manuscript and/or your synopsis, then create a unique, captivating back cover copy. I will do up to two rounds of revisions to make it absolutely perfect for you. Rate: $100
I Can't Recommend Her Enough!
“Casey is a godsend! I love working with her. She is always positive and fun and makes the editing process as painless and educational as possible. I always learn something new. Add to that the fact that she puts the pro in professional, and she is a dream. I can’t recommend her highly enough! ”
Darynda Jones, New York Times Bestselling Author
Great Eye for Detail!
“I’m so thrilled to have had Casey work on a book bible for my Demonica series! It’s a long series and very complicated, and she has a great eye for detail, catching things I’d completely forgotten! I’d recommend Casey over and over. Thank you, Casey!”
Larissa Ione, New York Times Bestselling Author
Casey is Absolutely Brilliant!
“Finding the right developmental editor is vital to an author’s creative process. It’s a delicate skill that requires providing an influential critique while also giving critical feedback in a non-belittling way. There are not many editors out there who can do this, but Casey has mastered the skill.
Casey reviews manuscripts in a positive way that touches on the strengths of the story, while also pointing out the flaws in a constructive manner. Her notes always bolster my confidence in my writing and provide fantastic advice/direction on how to improve the story/plot. And her attention to detail is spot on. She’s absolutely brilliant, and I will definitely be working with her on my future projects.”
Lexi C. Foss, USA Today Bestselling Author
My Trusted Partner & Indispensable Resource!
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Casey on several projects, and have come to appreciate and depend upon her keen eye and unique insight. She’s the perfect combination of a devoted reader and a consummate professional, and her feedback consistently elevates the overall quality of my work as an author. From characterization to themes and plot, Casey is able to identify potential issues and make sound recommendations for improvement. She’s become my trusted partner and an indispensable resource, and I would highly recommend her services to writers at all levels of the game.”
Cynthia St. Aubin, USA Today Bestselling Author
Plotting Sessions Are A MUST Before Revisions!
"I worked with Casey on a plotting session before diving into edits for my second draft. My goal was to strengthen my conflict and get an overall clearer direction for my plot, and I was very pleased with the result! Casey was able to pick up on plot issues and she gave me a great idea on how to tie my sub-plot and main plot together. You know when you get an idea and it rings so true, it's like it was always meant to be? That's how I felt with Casey. I'm pretty sure she saved me a couple of drafts. Highly recommend this as a pre-revision step!"
Camille Baker, Debut novel, Have We Met?, coming 2021!
Casey is a Joy to Work With!
"Casey is a joy to work with! She wrote the back cover copy for my debut novel and I couldn’t have found a better editor for the job. She is incisive, professional and also supportive and funny. The copy she created is perfect and she gave me the confidence to move forward. I can’t recommend her highly enough!”
Megan Steer, 2019 Debut Author
Always Going the Extra Mile!
“I love working with Casey! She is always available for a question or concern, always going the extra mile to make sure that I feel comfortable and confident in what we are doing. She has a great eye for details, both in grammar and plot details, and it’s nice to know that I have someone like her who has my back.”
Annabelle Hunter, Author of Lark Davis & Barrow Bay Mysteries
I feel really LUCKY to have found Casey!
"I feel really LUCKY to have found Casey. I wrote for many years in a box, then realized I needed an editorial partner to help me navigate the creative process. Casey has an incredible eye for detail, is sharply attuned to the material, and provided feedback above and beyond what I expected to receive.
Her notes were spot-on (and funny!), pointing out elements of the story I'd missed in a positive, constructive manner. Her suggestions for revisions often included multiple ways to solve the issue, which was terribly beneficial.
I can't wait to work with her again. In fact, we're already scheduling future projects!"
Tracy Sumner, Award Winning Author