Editorial Services

Editorial Services

The Author Studio is proud to provide top-notch, professional editorial services from extensive developmental edits to line edits to proofreading. Now that you’ve actually done the thing and written your novel, let’s make it the best, most polished, and most compulsively readable version of your book it can be.

Hi! I’m Blair, your editor.

I'm an editor with over six years' publishing experience. I started The Author Studio so I could focus my time and talents doing what I love the most: helping authors make their books rock.

I've worked as a Senior Editor at Quirk Books, where I've edited books including New York Times, indie, and international bestsellers—some of my titles are Geekerella, My Lady's Choosing, and The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy. I'm also a published YA author with two novels out from HarperTeen, and I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.

So whether you want an editor with extensive industry experience, an advanced creative writing education, or the empathy of a fellow author—or all three!—I've got you covered.

What editing services does The Author Studio offer?

Content Edit

A thorough content edit (or developmental edit) is the first step in creating a reader-ready manuscript. This in-depth edit looks at plot, pacing, internal consistency, character development, conflict, length of manuscript, and overall structure. I'll also keep in mind your goals for publication, whether it's traditional or indie. You'll receive an edit letter, as well as in-line notes in your manuscript.

Line Edit

Line edits polish and strengthen your prose. This edit focuses in on things like sentence logic, clarity, individual word choice, and consistency of voice. It's best for manuscripts that have been through at least one major revision and are ready to be examined up close. I'll make suggestions about rephrasing, as well as ask questions to guide your thinking as you revise. Your edits will come as Track Changes.

Proofreading

For manuscripts that are rarin' to go, this final spot-check will zoom in on small errors, typos, and goofs like misplaced punctuation, misspelled words, and other distracting (but inevitable!) small flaws. If your manuscript has been line-edited (by me or by someone else), then proofreading is your next step before publication or submission. As with line edits, your edits will come as Track Changes.

How will we work together?

  • You submit a request for a free five-page edit below
  • I prepare five pages of editing in Track Changes so that you can see how I’ll approach your book, and I provide a quote for a full developmental edit (.015–.02/word)
  • We agree upon delivery dates for edits, typically 1–2 weeks from contract signing
  • You sign editorial client contract and pay first half of editorial fee via PayPal
  • I work on your manuscript
  • At the deadline, I provide you with your edit letter and annotated manuscript with my comments and suggestions
  • You pay remainder of fee via PayPal
  • You submit a request for a free five-page edit below
  • I prepare five pages in Track Changes and provides a quote for a full line edit (.01/word)
  • We agree upon delivery dates for edits, typically 1–2 weeks from contract signing
  • You sign editorial client contract and pay first half of editorial fee via PayPal
  • I edit your manuscript
  • At deadline, I send you your line-edited manuscript
  • You pay remainder of fee via PayPal
  • You submit a request for a free five-page edit below
  • I prepare five pages in Track Changes and provides a quote for a full proofread (.008/word)
  • We agree upon delivery dates for edits, typically one week from contract signing
  • You sign editorial client contract and pay first half of editorial fee via PayPal
  • I proofread your manuscript
  • At deadline, I provide you with your proofread manuscript
  • You pay remainder of fee via PayPal

How much will editing cost?

Content Edit

.015–.02 per word

Line Edit

.01 per word

Proofreading

.008 per word

For a 75,000 word manuscript, for example, a content edit would cost between $1,125 and $1,500. A line edit would be $750, and proofreading would be $600.

While these rates are my baseline, I will always give you a personalized quote for your project after the sample edit. That sample edit helps me get to the know the project, your voice as a writer, and how best I can work with you.

Let’s do it! Get me a sample edit!

Have any other questions not addressed here? I’m happy to help!