Manuscript Evaluation: An evaluation is an in-depth analysis that will help you refine your writing by discussing big-picture edits. It will look at story arc, character development, conflict, pacing, voice, plot, consistency, and more! It is the perfect edit for all types of authors because it helps you grow as a writer beyond one manuscript while still improving your piece. You will receive a 7- to 15-page letter full of actionable feedback that breaks down the strengths and weaknesses in your manuscript. Includes a 1-hour coaching call.

Cost: 1.5 cents per word, $400 minimum

Optional add-on: Comprehensive margin notes on the first 25 pages - $60

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Coaching Call: This is our most adaptable service. It allows you to choose how much you’ll review with a developmental editor and can be tailored to your needs. As needed, this call can include the editor reading a synopsis or outline of your manuscript to understand the overarching story, reading the first pages, or even reading the whole manuscript. Potential topics include but aren’t limited to building an outline, brainstorming plot, untangling a blocked plot, or covering topics in a manuscript evaluation. You can even book multiple calls where the editor reads your work in chunks as you write.

Cost: $150 for a 1-hour call and up to 2,500 words read

Optional add-on: $100 per additional 10k words read

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The Glow Package: aka Evaluation Plus. Manuscript evaluations provide you with actionable, in-depth feedback, but after you have made changes based on that feedback, it can be hard to tell if your changes led to an improvement, need to go further, or didn’t work at all. With the Glow Package, you get a second-round review on top of the manuscript evaluation. This results in a 7- to 15-page evaluation and then a follow-up 4- to 6-page critique of your edited manuscript. Includes a 1-hour coaching call.

Cost: 1.9 cents per word

Optional add-on: Comprehensive margin notes on the first 25 pages - $60

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The Shiny Submission: If you are planning on querying agents, this is the package for you. We take your submission materials and offer in-depth feedback, giving you steps to make it shiny before sending it off to agents. This package includes a critique of your query, synopsis, and first 50 pages. It results in a 2- to 4-page letter.

Cost: $300, flat rate

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Copyedit: After you’ve polished your book via developmental edits and revision, it’s time for a copyedit. We will comb through your novel and edit for grammar, punctuation, and consistency of style. Minor changes in wording or light rewrites may also be made for clarity.

Cost: 1.5 - 2.5 cents per word

Optional add-on: Style sheet - $75

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The Neon Indie Bundle: Are you an indie author or planning to self-publish? This bundle gives you everything you need to polish your manuscript before publication. We will take you from big-picture edits all the way to spelling and grammar fixes. This bundle includes a manuscript evaluation, a second-round review (the Glow Package), and a copyedit.

Cost: 3.4 cents per word; note that word count will change between rounds of editing

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Proofread: Once your manuscript has been professionally edited and copyedited, you're ready for a proofread. During this final stage of revisions, we will make sure your work is reader-ready by correcting typos, misused words, and other embarrassing errors.

Cost: Starts at 1 cent per word

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Developmental Edit: A developmental edit will help you refine your writing by working on story structure, pacing, character development, voice, clarity, and plot. It looks at the big picture as well as writing technique. You will receive a 7- to 12-page analysis breaking down strengths and weaknesses in your manuscript as well as comprehensive margin notes within your pages. Includes a 1-hour coaching call.

Cost: Starts at 2.5 cents per word

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Sample Edit: We recommend asking for a sample edit to make sure we are a good fit for you. All editors work differently and one may be more compatible with your vision than another. If we find we aren’t a good match, we try to recommend someone better suited. Our sample edits cost $25 for the first 5 pages (later deducted from the full service if booked).

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Additional Information

Payment: Final quotes will be sent after the full piece is reviewed. Half of the fee is due upfront and the remaining upon completion of the service (Full upfront payment is required for services under $400 or rush edits).

Rush edits will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

We book out far in advance, so contact us today to get your spot on our calendar!

Accessibility and Accommodations: We want to make Book Light Editorial as accessible as possible. We are willing to work with any author to find a helpful solution to any difficulties they face in the editing process. We want Book Light Editorial to be a safe and inclusive space for all authors.

Some previous accommodations include:

  • Different forms of communication
  • An eye for specific edits
  • Flexibility on schedules

Please note that accommodations are not limited to the above. We are willing to work with you to find the best solution for you.

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