“Maria’s expertise in editing and story craft were essential in helping me discover the true essence of my novel. She helped me pull the most vital elements together to create something compelling out of the chaos. Maria is a genius at seeing the big picture as well as the nit-picky details. Her commentary on my manuscript was so helpful, and her edit letter was honest, educational, and funny! She gave me the confidence to tackle a full rewrite and create something I can now be proud of.” — Paulette Kennedy (now represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Parting The Veil releases Fall 2021, from Lake Union Press).
Editing, Critique, & Submission Packages
Submission Package Critique:
Includes critique of query letter (two passes), synopsis, and first 50 pages. Save by bundling these three services together for $180 USD
The Whammy: Four-pass query letter critique and two-pass synopsis $120 USD
OR Choose Your Package:
Two-pass query letter critique $30 USD
Synopsis critique $30 USD
First 10 pages (2500 words, double-spaced, 12pt) critique (one pass) $30 USD
First 30 pages (7500 words, double-spaced, 12 pt) critique (one pass) $60 USD
First 50 pages (12,500 words, double-spaced, 12pt) (one pass) $140 USD
Developmental editing involves in-depth feedback on the storytelling elements, such as character arcs, action, dialogue, description, exposition, pacing, and emotional connection. With a developmental edit, notes will be made on specific actions that should be executed to strengthen your manuscript. You will receive an annotated copy of your manuscript in tandem with a comprehensive edit letter.
Starts at $18 USD per 1,000 words
*Please note, there is a $300 minimum for all Developmental Edits regardless of wordcount
Full Manuscript Critique:
This option provides big-picture feedback on your manuscript, including strengths and opportunities for improvement in terms of readability, clarity, consistency, dialogue, and more.
Please note: you will not receive an annotated copy of your manuscript. The critique will be delivered as a comprehensive edit letter.
$10 USD per 1,000 words
Copy editing includes minor corrections like spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar. It also notes unclear wording and awkward sentences. You will receive an annotated copy of your manuscript. Please note: your copy edited manuscript will still require a proofread.
Starts at $12 USD per 1,000 words
Line editing is also available on a very limited schedule to those whose work I have already Developmental edited. Please reach out for a quote.
FULL MANUSCRIPT EDIT
This edit involves a deep dive, combining both a Developmental Edit and a Copyedit. It includes in-depth feedback on storytelling elements, such as character arcs, action, dialogue, description, exposition, pacing, structure, emotional connection, and in-line corrections on par with a copy edit–spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar in conjunction with in-document commenting highlighting unclear wording or awkward sentences. You will receive an annotated copy of your manuscript in tandem with a comprehensive edit letter. Please note: If self, or Indie, publishing, your manuscript will still require a proofread.
Starts at* $26 per 1000 words (a $2 discount per 1000 words)
*Some manuscripts require more work than others. Writers will be asked to provide a sample so a full cost evaluation can be made. Please also note that spaces for Full edits are limited, and should be booked months in advance of requiring service.
For authors who have already had a critique, or developmental edit with me, this report includes feedback on revisions made after the previous edit, as well as suggestions for next steps. You will not receive an annotated copy of your manuscript.
$5 USD per 1,000 words
Having trouble with craft? Deep POV, emoting, or Show vs. Tell getting you down? I’m now offering hour-long coaching sessions that include a two-pass homework critique on your first five pages. Each session will focus on one particular area of writing craft.
Deep POV: $200 USD
Show vs. Tell: $200 USD
How to Create a Dynamic Character: $200 USD
Emoting 101: $200 USD
Voice: $200 USD
*Bundle all five coaching sessions together and receive not only $100 off the cost, but 15% off a future Developmental Edit.
*All participants (in any class) will receive a free one-pass query critique, and 10% off a future Developmental Edit.
Coming Soon: One-on-one query workshops. Follow me on Twitter, and turn on notifications for updates: @Maria_Tureaud
Plot Analysis (best for before you draft, or before you revise):
Includes a detailed look at the plot (building blocks) of a manuscript to identify doldrum areas, pacing, flow, character arc driven through plot, etc. Required: An outline of some form–A basic beat sheet, a comprehensive beat sheet, organized thoughts, major plot points on paper, or a long synopsis (5 to 10 pages in standard format), bullet-pointing everything that happens–however you plot! (or don’t…this service is especially helpful for pantser-type writers)–along with basic character profiles.
You will receive a document highlighting areas of weakness, places to re-work, and brainstorming suggestions to strengthen your manuscript.
This package focuses solely on plot.
Turnaround is 2 – 3 weeks.
Flat Rate: $400 USD
Not sure what you need, or need to brainstorm? I offer Hourly Consultations at $100 per hour
At this time, I only accept payment through Paypal. Payment plans are available upon request. Please send an inquiry to discuss further.