Editing

I’m passionate about helping authors to polish their writing so that readers can focus on the story instead of on the words on the page. I seek to trim down on the number of reviews saying, “This had great potential, but…” and help your story stand out as a quality piece of work.

Services & Pricing

I offer line-edits for $4/page. Estimated time to complete is 1-7 days for a short piece (anywhere up to about 10,000 words) and 4-6 weeks for a book-length work (15,000-150,000 words).

I offer technical edits (copy-edits and proofreading) as an add-on for an additional $2/page. I do not offer technical edits as a standalone service.

I will edit fiction of any length, but I reserve the right to reject any project presented to me if I feel uncomfortable reading it or if I simply don’t have time. I’m most experienced in the fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopian/post-apocalyptic genres.

$1 blurb review – For a flat rate of $1, I’ll review your back cover blurb. While I will primarily focus on editing for grammar and flow, I will also make note of places where your blurb could be more compelling and/or clear and concise. Please submit your blurb in the same format as specified for a manuscript.

Samples & Payment

I will edit your first chapter or your first ten pages (whichever comes first) as a free sample to determine if I’m the right editor for your novel or not. If you have a short story you’d like me to edit, I’ll do the first two pages for free.

After the free sample, if you decide to continue with the full paid edit, I require a 50% up-front payment or a $200 deposit (whichever is smaller). Payment is made through PayPal invoicing and will be due within 10 days after the invoice is sent unless an exception is discussed. Payments more than two days outside of this window will incur a 5% late fee on the portion being paid (not the total editing price). Recurring clients can get a 15% discount on the full editing cost.

If edits are delayed on the part of the author for more than 3 months after an arranged time, a 20% re-booking fee will apply. (Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances.)

“What Type of Edits Do I Need?”

Developmental editing is the largest-scale type of editing. This is the first kind of editing you should get for a book, and it will tackle the structure of your story (plot structure, character development, etc.). I don’t offer developmental edits, so if you’re still at this stage I will have to point you elsewhere.

Line edits are my personal favorite and my focus. With line edits, I will work at roughly sentence level and tackle any issues that might make your story unwieldy or hard to read. This includes cleaning up info dumps, drawing out description, making sure word choice is effective, and fixing sentence structure. I will also point out consistency issues and other small details to help make your novel as cohesive as it can be.

“Technical edits” tackle grammatical and spelling errors. This is the finishing touch on your manuscript, where I will help you pick out any pesky typos you might have missed.


I have experience editing both short stories and novels, including Sarah Rodecker’s Escape from Mathebos and Nicki Chapelway’s Harbinger of the End. Check out the testimonials below to hear what clients have said about my work.

 

Testimonials

Violet Monroe
Ariel's dedication and sharp eye showed me how talented and knowledgeable she truly is when it comes to the business of writing. Not only was she incredibly thorough when pointing out grammar and punctuation mistakes, but she also helped with consistency, head-hopping, clarity, and the overall flow of my novel. She was very detailed when she offered suggestions on how to enhance my manuscript going forth. I feel confident in the things I need to fix, and I feel like I can go through with those suggestions with a fresh and clean manuscript.
I would strongly recommend her to any of my writer friends!
R.M. Archer Editing Services
2018-08-09T22:20:32-04:00
Ariel's dedication and sharp eye showed me how talented and knowledgeable she truly is when it comes to the business of writing. Not only was she incredibly thorough when pointing out grammar and punctuation mistakes, but she also helped with consistency, head-hopping, clarity, and the overall flow of my novel. She was very detailed when she offered suggestions on how to enhance my manuscript going forth. I feel confident in the things I need to fix, and I feel like I can go through with those suggestions with a fresh and clean manuscript. I would strongly recommend her to any of my writer friends!
L.E. Morgan
Ariel's editing is definitely worth the cost. It is incisive and pinpoints precise issues, and has dramatically improved my prose as well as giving me more idea of how to make things better on my own before I ever send them to anyone.
R.M. Archer Editing Services
2022-12-12T14:48:14-04:00
Ariel's editing is definitely worth the cost. It is incisive and pinpoints precise issues, and has dramatically improved my prose as well as giving me more idea of how to make things better on my own before I ever send them to anyone.
Leila
Choosing Ariel as my editor was a fantastic decision! She helped my story flow smoothly, she fixed those pesky little grammar and punctuation mistakes that I missed, and she helped me to improve as both an author and an editor. Her advice isn’t confusing and too abstract - instead, she points out what needs fixing and helps you figure out how to best get your ideas on paper. She looks at the big picture and the small details in order to improve every aspect. I’m incredibly grateful for all the time and effort she put into in making my story the best it can possibly be.
R.M. Archer Editing Services
2018-06-19T16:12:20-04:00
Choosing Ariel as my editor was a fantastic decision! She helped my story flow smoothly, she fixed those pesky little grammar and punctuation mistakes that I missed, and she helped me to improve as both an author and an editor. Her advice isn’t confusing and too abstract - instead, she points out what needs fixing and helps you figure out how to best get your ideas on paper. She looks at the big picture and the small details in order to improve every aspect. I’m incredibly grateful for all the time and effort she put into in making my story the best it can possibly be.
Mattie May
I have enjoyed getting to work with Ariel on various projects in the past. She has a keen sense of what you can do to make your story the best it can be. I love how she pulls out the little details that make stories come alive. It is always exciting working with her because I get to see my stories come alive and form into something so much better. I'm looking forward to using her on my upcoming projects.

Author of Everlasting Gold

R.M. Archer Editing Services
2022-01-05T01:00:34-04:00

Author of Everlasting Gold

I have enjoyed getting to work with Ariel on various projects in the past. She has a keen sense of what you can do to make your story the best it can be. I love how she pulls out the little details that make stories come alive. It is always exciting working with her because I get to see my stories come alive and form into something so much better. I'm looking forward to using her on my upcoming projects.
Sarah Rodecker
Ariel was such a pleasure to work with! She provided timely and helpful communication during the entire process, which made everything flow smoothly. My story grew stronger due to her work and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to work with her! I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a line editor!

Author of Escape from Mathebos and co-author of The Pirate Hunter Chronicles

R.M. Archer Editing Services
2022-12-02T16:36:19-04:00

Author of Escape from Mathebos and co-author of The Pirate Hunter Chronicles

Ariel was such a pleasure to work with! She provided timely and helpful communication during the entire process, which made everything flow smoothly. My story grew stronger due to her work and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to work with her! I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a line editor!
Nicki Chapelway
Ariel was a joy to work with. Her pricing was quite reasonable and her edits were deep and thorough. On top of that, she was always going above and beyond to help me get the most polished version of my book possible. I only ordered the copy-editing package, but she still provided feedback on the overall structure of the story and other thoughts she had on it. The turnout was faster than I had expected. All around a pleasurable experience. I certainly look forward to working with her again in the future!

Author of My Time in Amar, Winter Cursed, and Harbinger of the End

R.M. Archer Editing Services
2022-07-26T22:04:37-04:00

Author of My Time in Amar, Winter Cursed, and Harbinger of the End

Ariel was a joy to work with. Her pricing was quite reasonable and her edits were deep and thorough. On top of that, she was always going above and beyond to help me get the most polished version of my book possible. I only ordered the copy-editing package, but she still provided feedback on the overall structure of the story and other thoughts she had on it. The turnout was faster than I had expected. All around a pleasurable experience. I certainly look forward to working with her again in the future!
FiveSecondsToFly
Ariel's editing skills are commendable; she's extremely thorough, and not only did she catch all the easy-to-miss typos, she offered suggestions to make the story all around stronger. She also gave valuable insight on sentence placement and structure, something I struggle with personally. She was finished in a timely manner, and I would definitely recommend her for any sort of project.
R.M. Archer Editing Services
2018-04-12T16:45:57-04:00
Ariel's editing skills are commendable; she's extremely thorough, and not only did she catch all the easy-to-miss typos, she offered suggestions to make the story all around stronger. She also gave valuable insight on sentence placement and structure, something I struggle with personally. She was finished in a timely manner, and I would definitely recommend her for any sort of project.
Keturah Lamb
I sent my novella, When Souls Breathe On, to Ariel receiving in return a document full of edits! First, I was super surprised at how fast I got them back. Second, I couldn't believe how many edits there were! Don't get me wrong - I loved it! It took me quite awhile to apply all her edits, but I loved the whole process... from choosing a name for my ship captain so he was no longer the Captain but Captain Dunbar, to basic grammar mistakes, to head hopping, to "does this make sense with what you previously said?" I feel like my story is so clean now! Thank you so much, Ariel!
R.M. Archer Editing Services
2018-06-12T15:40:38-04:00
I sent my novella, When Souls Breathe On, to Ariel receiving in return a document full of edits! First, I was super surprised at how fast I got them back. Second, I couldn't believe how many edits there were! Don't get me wrong - I loved it! It took me quite awhile to apply all her edits, but I loved the whole process... from choosing a name for my ship captain so he was no longer the Captain but Captain Dunbar, to basic grammar mistakes, to head hopping, to "does this make sense with what you previously said?" I feel like my story is so clean now! Thank you so much, Ariel!
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Awesome! Just fill out this form and I’ll get back to you within two business days. If I accept your query I’ll ask for a Google Doc link to your manuscript (not an attachment) with sharing permissions set to “suggesting.” This will allow me to make comments and suggest edits without editing the document directly, so that you have the final say (particularly on issues of rewording). If you attach a Word document I will convert it to a Google Doc unless specifically requested otherwise. (I make sure to give the author editing permissions after converting a document, and you can download a Google Doc as a Word document with comments and suggestions.)

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