H.M. DarlingAugust 6, 2023
Editing by ElizaAugust 6, 2023
Let’s elevate your story to its full potential, provide a satisfying and immersive reader experience for an international audience and preserve your voice. My two decades living in the Middle East with over 200 nationalities has been a fascinating educational experience. Comparing all the various literary devices and styles of fiction beloved by people in different languages and cultures, I have discovered that the international audience does not care whether there is a formulaic three-act structure in the plot (as an example). Most international readers are multilingual, highly educated and love a well-balanced yet unique story with a satisfying conclusion. English is a flexible language and thus, it is an honor for me to support independent writers who break the mold and explore new avenues in fiction. As most of my clients also hail from various countries, nationalities and English dialects, I help polish their English manuscripts to appeal to the widest international reader base while retaining their regional flavor and cultural contexts.
I am a ghostwriter, indie writer, editor, artist and paralegal with almost 30 years experience in various fields ranging from legislative and litigation drafting, financial services regulations, commercial contracts, litigation (commercial, criminal and family law), corporate communications, technical writing including manuals and investigations related to family law, medical, engineering, the financial industry, Web3 blockchain & NFTs, as well as ghostwriting and editing different genres of fiction since the days when the internet first connected the writers of the world.
My current services focus on developmental editing (light touch and intensive) in order to find and fix everything in your manuscript that could potentially disrupt the readers’ experience and affect the plausibility of your narrative. I am also well-versed in cultural, religious and sensitivity issues in manuscripts. Light touch involves one beta read feedback letter (may include multiple rereads of the manuscript) plus notes/comments on the MS. The intensive developmental editing package includes multiple rereads of the MS, continuous communication with the writer to clarify, suggest and include edits and/or ghostwriting portions as well as notes/comments on the MS and a comprehensive feedback letter of issues that require fixing. I usually allow writers a 90 day window to complete their rewrites. After that, they send the MS back to me with original editing notes/comments included, for a final beta read check with light comments (if any) and short feedback letter. At that stage, the MS is ready for the beta readers to inspect and enjoy.
Some of my recent clients include:
The Buchanan Bastard by Dedra L Stevenson
The Nifty Encyclopedia by Alyze Sam
Here are the pricing structures for the 2 types of developmental editing packages:
Light Touch Beta Developmental Read (includes one feedback letter and notes/comments/light research/suggested edits on the MS):
US$7.00 per 1,000 words or portion thereof.
Payment in full upon confirmation of booking.
Intensive Developmental Editing (includes one first round feedback letter on major plot/character issues, notes/comments/suggested edit on the MS; and also includes one second round beta read with final feedback letter after the author completes their rewrite):
US$14.00 per 1000 words (or portion thereof)
US$70.00 per 1000 words for ghostwriting portions of a manuscript (TBD prior to making a booking).
Payment terms: 50% deposit payable upon booking / 40% of the original quoted fee to be paid prior to release of first round feedback letter / remaining 10% of original quoted fee to be paid prior to release of second round beta feedback letter. Ghostwriting payment terms to be discussed and agreed prior to commencement and may be paid in monthly instalments.