Editing Services

Whether you're writing for self-publishing, traditional publishing, games, crowd-funding, or something else, I can help your work be the very best it can be. I've edited professionally since 2017 for both professional firms and private clients, and I've written professionally (and edited informally) for several years more.

My passion is for speculative fiction and world-building, and I also have experience editing a wide variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction. Whatever you've written, I can help you bring it to its fullest potential.

My services are described below. If you can't find what you're looking for, don't hesitate to e-mail me at adamheine@gmail.comTogether, we can figure out how to get you what you need.

Service Rates
Developmental Edit + Editorial Letter1.5 cents/word
Editorial Letter Only0.5 cents/word
Line Edit + Proofread3.5 cents/word
Proofread Only2 cents/word
All of the Above4.5 cents/word
Sample EditFree!

E-mail me at adamheine@gmail.com to get started. Tell me about your project and what kind of editing you're interested in, and we'll move forward from there.

Read on for more details of what each service entails, or take a look at projects I've worked on and what authors have to say about me here: Projects and Testimonials.

Developmental Edit (+ Editorial Letter)

I'll look at the big picture of your project, addressing things like plot holes, characterization, world-building, pacing, voice, dialogue, and structure. You'll receive extensive comments in your manuscript as well as a brief editorial letter detailing the strengths of your manuscript and what can be improved. After you've received my notes, I remain available to discuss those notes and possible solutions with you.

Rate: 1.5 cents per word

Editorial Letter Only

If you'd prefer faster, cheaper feedback, I can read your novel and write a brief editorial letter detailing the strengths of your manuscript and what can be improved as well as discuss possible solutions with you afterwards.

This service does not include in-manuscript comments, but if you're on a budget, it's a good way to get a strong look at what your novel needs.

Rate: 0.5 cents per word

Line Editing (+ Proofread)

Once you're confident that your story is sound, you'll want to look at the words. In the line edit, I'll look at your writing sentence by sentence and help you polish it to a professional level. My focus will be on things like word choice, sentence structure, clarity, repetition, awkward phrasing, and more. I'll also be looking at basic errors like spelling, grammar, punctuation, and incorrectly used words (i.e., the line edit includes a proofread). Line editing will make your writing clear and consistent, without removing your unique voice.

I'll mark tracked changes in your manuscript, which you can accept or reject, along with comments and suggestions so that you can make the best decision about which changes belong in your story.

Rate: 3.5 cents per word

Proofread Only

With this service, I'll look only at objective errors: spelling, grammar, punctuation, incorrectly used words, style guide requirements, etc. This should be the last stage of editing before publishing. Ideally, you will have had a line edit done before this (doesn't have to have been from me).

Rate: 2 cents per word

All of the Above (Complete Package)

If you choose to hire me for your entire manuscript, I will do a developmental edit and a line edit for 4.5 cents per word (separately, these would be 5 cents per word, which can add up in a large novel!). I will do a developmental edit first and return it to you with my notes. After your revisions, send it back to me, and I will do a line edit as well.

This deal gives you a full developmental edit, an editorial letter, line editing, and proofreading all in one package.

Rate: 4.5 cents per word

Sample Edit

I'm aware the price of an editor is a big commitment. You want someone who's good at the job and communicates well but who is also a good fit for your writing. At your request, I can edit a portion of your project for free so you know what you'll get from working with me.

Want to know more?

See more of the projects I've worked on and what other authors have to say about me here: Projects and Testimonials.