Affordable Editing Assistance

Let us help you take your writing skills to the next level!
Finding the right fiction editor to critique your work is essential because you must be able to trust this person with your novel. A good fiction editor can become a confidant, supporter, and give your work a heavy dose of tough love. An editor is like a mentor who will help you to vastly improve your writing skills and also help to prepare your work for publication. Whether you’re preparing to find an agent, or a publishing editor, or even getting ready to self-publish your manuscript, you need to be sure your work has been comprehensively proofread. And all of our services are highly confidential. 

Fiction Editing Services (FES) is becoming the leading provider of self-publishing and editing services for writers and authors around the globe. FES is devoted to providing the tools and skills to help you realize your publishing dreams. 

Every writer that we've worked with has been offered a publishing contract or has landed an agent shortly afterwards. The self-published writers that we've had the honor to work with have become bestselling authors. We can't promise that you'll find instant success, but we can promise that you'll be a lot closer than other writers. 

If you’re looking for advanced creative writing techniques and you want to take your writing talents to the next level, then we are the fiction editors for you!  

About Us, the Creativity Coaches: 
Sherry Soule is a successful author and has over seven years of experience as a skilled freelance developmental fiction editor. As a former acquisitions editor for Crescent Moon Press and senior editor for Disenchanted Publishing (where she has edited several award-winning and bestselling novels), and a Creative Writing major, her insight into the creative writing process will help other writers to find success. Sherry has worked with some of the best fiction editors in the publishing industry and studied the craft for over ten years. Sherry specializes in editing the adult, young adult, and new adult genres.

Carmen Erickson is a proficient freelance editor with extensive experience in all genres from children’s through adult. As a developmental editor, copyeditor, and writing coach, Carmen has worked with a wide range of writers, including authors who have appeared on NY Times and USA Today bestsellers' lists. She also writes young adult and middle grade fiction and has spent many years honing her craft, including post-graduate courses at the Institute of Children’s Literature.  Carmen is a grammar whiz and has a keen eye for what it takes to make your novel shine.

One Full Developmental edit (content editing):  
In our critique, we will check for conceptual flow (i.e. plot pacing, character development (characterization), story arc, etc.), plot holes, fluidity, setting, concept, backstory, and dialogue. We will do some editing on word choice, repeated phrases, and sentence structure. We work closely with writers to tighten and strengthen their work before publication.*One pass only.
Basic Copy-editing:  
We also offer this basic, helpful service. To be clear, a copyedit involves ONLY correcting the spelling, punctuation, grammar, terminology, jargon, repeated words and/or phrases, and ensuring that the text adheres to the publisher's style or an external style guide, such as the Chicago Manual of Style. Copyediting will also suggest shortening the text to improve it or tighten wordy sentences. *One pass only.
Book Blurb (back jacket copy) Revision:
Let us stressgreat book blurbs sell books! (Besides an awesome book cover.) Blurbs are one of the most important selling tools you have for your book, because you want it to grab the reader's attention. Sherry can tweak your existing book blurb (back jacket copy) into a gripping ‘hook” that will compel readers to either buy your book or crave more info on it. She can also help writers that are trying to revise their query letter blurbs into compelling prose that will have agents asking for more. This service also includes creating a gripping tagline if needed. Send Sherry (the blurb ninja!) your back cover content and she will work her magic. (Why is the blurb so important?)
First Chapter Edit:
We all know that the first chapter is crucial. We can help writers make sure that their opening is superb. Within 72 hours of submitting your first chapter (or up to the first 20 pages) to us, we promise you’ll have a cohesive idea on how to make it “hook” your reader. *Two passes only.
First Three Chapters Edit:
This is not a deep line-edit, but we will critique your first three chapters to ensure that these vital pages have a strong enough "hook" to lure your reader into the story. This service is basically content editing, which points out larger conceptual problems like story arc, plot structure, lack of visual description, characterization, and other big picture choices, any pacing problems, and suggestions on necessary revisions. *One pass only.
Ghostwriting services:
Sherry does confidential ghostwriting (manuscript doctor) for a select clientele, which includes help with deep line-editing, character development, enriching dialogue, restructuring plotlines, and infusing suspense and even humor on existing manuscripts. *Writers retain exclusive rights. Please contact Sherry for a FREE initial consultation. (This service is highly confidential.)

A one pass developmental manuscript critique is priced at only $2.25 US per page through PayPal Payment, plus $15 to cover any additional fees and taxes. These prices are based on per page with standard submission formatting: double-spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman, 1 in margins, and each chapter starting on a new page. 
If you decide to retain our services, you may pay half upfront and the second half upon completion. (Unless you require a rush edit, which is completed within seven days or less and is subject to slightly higher pricing.)

Full Developmental Critique (*one pass only):  $2.25 per page
Estimated rush edits: $3.00 per page (depending on length)
First Chapter edits or up to 20 pages (*two passes only):  $35.00 - flat fee
First three chapters edit (or first 45 pages): $75.00 - flat fee
Basic Copyedit (*one pass only): $1.75 per page
Book blurb service: $35.00 to $40.00
Beta read / Proofread: $1.50 per page
Estimated ghostwriting: $3.00 to 5.00 per page 


Turnaround Time:
Once your first payment is sent, the critique will be done within 3 weeks or less. (This may vary depending on the length of the manuscript)
*Please note: This service is only available in the English language.

For more information, please contact the Creativity Coaches (Fiction Editors) about our editing services, and for a free sample edit: Carmen Erickson or Sherry Soule