SERVICES

The editorial process is essential to well-crafted writing and effective messaging.

EDITING

There are many different types of editing services, but no universally agreed upon definitions for those different types of edits. What follows are our personal definitions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask during your consultation.

$30 per hour  |  4-6 pages per hour

This is generally the first step in the editorial process. Developmental editing involves evaluating “big picture” story-related issues. We’ll consider your story’s plot, pacing, flow, tense, theme, imagery, settings, characters, clarity, point-of-view, and dialogue, then provide you with an annotated manuscript and a detailed critique.

$30 per hour  |  4-6 pages per hour

This micro approach focuses on words and sentences. We’ll evaluate each line of your manuscript, ensuring your execution matches your intent and eliminating redundancy and repetition to improve flow. When we’re done, we’ll provide you with an annotated manuscript containing tracked changes.

$25 per hour  |  7-10 pages per hour

We study grammar, mechanics, syntax, consistency, and punctuation so you don’t have to! We’ll ensure your work conforms to The Chicago Manual of Style and is free of grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors. You’ll receive a clean, corrected manuscript and a style sheet.

$45 per hour  |  Productivity varies.

This service combines developmental, mechanical, and line editing. We consider organization, presentation, prose, mechanics, and style, and make any necessary corrections. All revisions will be tracked.

CONSULTING

We offer consulting and support services to fiction and creative non-fiction writers.

$20 per hour  |  4-10 pages per hour

We will read and evaluate your story or document, providing you with our observations and feedback. 

$20 per hour  |  4-10 pages per hour

Receive in-depth analysis and feedback on your plot, characters, descriptions, style, and everything in between. We’ll provide commentary and suggest resources and services that might benefit you or your story. Please read our article about the importance of sensitivity readers.

$100 per month or $35 per Check-In

Are you the kind of writer who could use some structure, supervision, and support? With the Accountability Check-In Package, you’ll receive four 30-minute check-in calls, one each week, scheduled on days and times that work for you. (Alternatively, you may book Accountability Check-Ins as you need them for $35 per appointment.) During these calls, we’ll ask about the progress you’ve made, evaluate the direction your project is moving in, and provide any feedback and advice you require.

By application only. Writing a book can be a much more arduous project than many writers realize. As an editorial project manager, Tina will ensure you hit every deadline necessary to finalize your manuscript and have it ready to pitch in six months or less. This service includes first-pass editing.

By application only. Even the most dedicated writers need a trusted editor they can rely on to advise and support them in a variety of ways as their career and style evolve. Personal coaching incudes (but is not limited to) outlining sessions, project planning, 

TRANSLATION

Spanish to English

Monica Louzon will translate your story from Spanish to English, retaining your tone and style. This service includes translation and mechanical editing to conform to The Chicago Manual of Style.

$80 per hour

English to Spanish

Monica Louzon will translate your story from English to Spanish, retaining your tone and style. This service includes translation and mechanical editing to conform to The Chicago Manual of Style.

$80 per hour

POLICIES

CONSULTATION REQUIRED: Aside from Short Fiction Critiques, we conduct scoping calls for each new project. These 30-minute sessions are designed to give us both the opportunity to discuss your project and determine how we can help you accomplish your objectives. Your deposit will be credited towards your project if you decide to move forward with us. If we choose not to take your project, we will refund your deposit immediately.

FICTION GENRES: We specialize in literary fiction, science fiction, speculative fiction, and adjacent subgenres including: cyberpunk, silkpunk, solarpunk, slipstream, ecofiction, utopian, dystopian, and post-apocalyptic. We are also happy to take on horror and dark fiction projects. We will not accept stories that feature sexual assault, child abuse, pedophilia, incest, or anything similarly vile.

CREATIVE NON-FICTION & MEMOIRS: We do not accept projects that call for or encourage violence, hate, or discrimination. We will not entertain clients or projects affiliated with causes that run counter to our values, which prioritize empathy, human rights, equality, and truth in media. We are LGBTQIA+ advocates who believe trans, queer, and Black Lives Matter. If that’s a problem for you, we will not be compatible.

ETHICS: To avoid the appearance of impropriety, we do not consider stories we edit here for publication on The Dread Machine or in any of our anthologies. If you’d like to submit to The Dread Machine but require editorial or translation services, we’ll be happy to provide recommendations to other freelance editors we know and trust.

PAYMENT: We work on a retainer basis and invoice through Paypal. We highly recommend securing your job promptly.

APPOINTMENT CANCELLATIONS: We value and respect your time; please show our team the same courtesy. Refunds for missed appointments and late-cancellations create expensive losses our small firm can’t afford to absorb, which is why we require appointments to be paid for at scheduling. These deposits are only eligible for refund up to 24 hours before the appointment time.