Editing Services

"Adam is a long-standing critique partner of mine. His insights into storytelling and command of craft always take my novels to a higher level. His feedback will improve your work. I can't recommend him highly enough."

~ Susan Kaye Quinn, veteran indie author with 30+ titles over two pen names

"Adam is one of the best editors and proofreaders I've had the pleasure of working with. I'm a little afraid to tell you how good he is, because I want to keep him all to myself -- but I have plans to clone him, so it's probably okay. In addition to knowing his craft inside and out, he works with you to make sure he's giving you the level and type of editing that you want and need. Beyond that, he is the perfect freelancer: communicates clearly, always completes his work on time (or early), and sends cookies with every invoice (okay, that last one's not true, but someday...)."

~ Shanna Germain, co-owner and managing editor, Monte Cook Games

Whether you're writing for self-publishing, traditional publishing, crowd-funding, games, or something else, I want to help your work be the very best it can be. Speculative fiction and world-building are particular specialties of mine, but I can edit any project to its fullest potential.

Different levels of editing are described below. Find the one that best suits you, check the rate, and if it looks good to you we'll get started. If you're not sure what you want, or you don't see your needs in this list, don't hesitate to contact me and ask!

Developmental Editing (Content Editing)

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

"Just the Editorial, Please"

If you'd prefer faster, cheaper feedback, I can read your novel and write a one-page 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

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 copy edit). 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 as needed to explain certain suggestions, so that you can make the best decision about which changes belong in your story.

Rate: 2 cents per word

Copy Editing (Proofreading)

In the copy edit, I'll look only at objective errors: spelling, grammar, punctuation, incorrectly used words, 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: 1 cent per word


Complete Package (All of the Above)

If you choose to hire me for your entire manuscript, I will do a developmental edit and a line edit for 3 cents per word (separately, these would be 3.5 cents per word, which can really add up in a large novel!). The way this works is I will do a developmental edit first and return it to you with my notes. After you have revised, send it back to me, and I will do a line edit for free.

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

Rate: 3 cents per word


Need Something Else?

If your needs are not as simple as those described above, I'm happy to collaborate on how I can best be of service to you. Maybe you'd like feedback on a query letter, synopsis, or outline. Maybe you'd like a quick look at a short story before sending it to market. Whatever your needs, don't hesitate to contact me and ask, and together we can figure out how to get what you want.

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. So at your request, I will edit a portion of your project for free so you know what you'll get from working with me.

How Do We Get Started?

If this sounds good to you, send me an e-mail at adamheine@gmail.com briefly describing your manuscript or project, including the estimated word count and the level of editing you're interested in. If you would like a sample edit, include a portion of the project in this e-mail as well (about 2,000 words is good). If you don't know what you want, that's okay, too! We can work it out together.

I will reply with an estimate of when I will be able to begin the work and an invoice based on your estimated word count. If you have requested a sample edit, I will give that to you at this time as well. There is no commitment until you decide to pay me!

When the first half of the fee is paid, you will be locked into my schedule. I will request the manuscript when I am ready to begin the work. The second half of the fee will be due after you have received and approved of my work. (If there is a significant difference between estimated and actual word count, the second payment will be adjusted accordingly).

Note that if you choose the Complete Package, the second payment is due upon approval of the developmental edit and before the line edit.

All payments must be made via PayPal or Google Wallet.

More Testimonials

Still not sure? Here's what several other authors say about my work.

"One of the signs of a good editor is when they can use their skills to help a novel reach its full potential -- while maintaining the author's vision. Adam is one of these people.

"I've been fortunate enough to have him read a few of my (now published!) novels, and his comments have always been thoughtful and knowledgeable. He excels at cooking up interesting yet accessible science fiction and fantasy ideas, and digging deeper into puzzle-like plots. I absolutely recommend his brain."

~ Jodi Meadows, author of several books including the Incarnate trilogy, The Orphan Queen, and The Mirror King



"Adam is a fastidious and passionate editor. His skill in world-building and plotting is ideal especially for those writing sci-fi or fantasy, but would be great for any genre."

~ Natalie Whipple, author of several books including Transparent, Relax, I'm a Ninja, Fish Out of Water, and House of Ivy and Sorrow



"When I was working on my first novel, Adam helped me out a great deal by being one of my earliest readers. He provided thoughtful feedback both at the level of story structure and character development as well as down to the details of sentence crafting. As a writer for both video games and traditional fiction, Adam brings a great deal of insight and intelligence to any project." 

~ Ricardo Bare, author of Jack of Hearts and Co-Creative Director at Arkane Studios



"Adam Heine is an integral part of every novel I write. I rely heavily on his keen eye for detail and insight into character motivation and plot arc. Most of all, though, I rely on him to tear my world-building to its foundations and uproot every weakness and inconsistency. Indeed, I have yet to meet someone so gifted in the art of world-building -- particularly in science fiction and fantasy. I'm not exaggerating when I say that one of my writing mantras is, 'If Adam says the world is solid, it's solid!' I would unhesitatingly recommend his editing services to any writer who desires a strong, honest, helpful, and humor-laced critique. He is one in a million."

~ Authoress, caretaker of the writing and critiquing community at Miss Snark's First Victim