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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 on 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 $0.03 per word. Your costs may vary, depending on the 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 $150, and a 100,000-word novel around $3000. 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 the costs will be higher.

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Testimonials From Satisfied Clients

Steve is a grammar wizard! I thought my short story was ready to publish. After Steve edited it, it actually is. Steve also took the time to help me polish awkward sentences and discuss story ideas. I WILL use his services again.

— J.L. Buescher, Fantasy Author

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Steve Visel has done an impeccable job of perfecting, progressing, and polishing my original writing efforts into something better than I could’ve imagined. Very grateful for his wonderful work, and I highly recommend his editorial services! 👏

— Anna Morgan, Author of Valley of the Shadow

Steve is a great line/copy editor. He provided a very detailed edit that fixed grammar/spelling mistakes that I missed. He also fixed issues based on his knowledge from prior military service and small details such as italicizing ship names. Steve didn’t just deliver the fully edited document but provided feedback live via video call and was available for other calls and appointments to clarify any questions that I had.

— Joe Salem, Author of Arrow Storm and Guardian Strike

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