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Why Do I Need an Editor?

You’ve just finished your flash fiction, short story, novella, or 150,000-word epic story. Now what? Believe it or don’t, it still needs a bit of work. Beta readers are great (and essential), but they typically won’t catch the things that count.

We can help you with spelling and grammar issues, but will also review your work for clarity and consistency and help strengthen your ideas. We will ensure your work has a logical flow and adjust your thoughts to a more natural cadence. An editor will also look for verb tense agreement, punctuation, formatting, and structure and match your work to a specific style guide upon request. That’s great, but what we bring to the table is VOICE–your voice. We will work with you to ensure that edits don’t destroy the tone and feel you are looking to convey in your story. We can provide line editingcopyediting, or proofreading, depending where you are in your story’s journey. Please check out those links if you’re not sure what your story needs. Or contact us. We’d love to chat about your story.

How Much Does It Cost?

SC Visel Edits charges about $0.035 per word. Your costs may vary, depending on length of your work, your specific needs, time requirements, and other factors. Our rates are based on the median rates charged by members of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Is that a lot? I’ll let you do the math for your story, but a 5,000-word short story would run about $175, and a 100,000-word novel around $3500. Again, contact us for a specific quote based on your needs. If you need your epic fantasy story edited by next Tuesday, we will work with you, but costs will be higher.

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