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Editing

Copy Editing: Search for grammatical and mechanical errors, typos, misspelled/misused words, homophones, as well as ensuring consistency.
Rates available by page or hour ($0.75/page; $15/hour). Further details below.

Line Editing: Focus on improving things such as syntax; tonal shifts and unnatural, awkward or confusing sentence structure; consistency; repetitive word usage; pacing; dialogue; redundant information; or noting where there is need for clarification.
Rates available by page or hour ($1.50/page; $25/hour). Further details below.

Developmental Editing:  Focus on story features,  plot, characters, setting, voice, and atmosphere. In addition to basic proofreading, will suggest places to improve and strengthen these areas. Will also note plot holes, other logic errors and inconsistencies, and ensure timeline is plausible and clear.
Rates available by page or hour ($1.25/page; $20/hour). Further details below.

“Fresh Eyes” Run-Through:  Meant for shorter works (under 5K) needing a basic run-through; another perspective on content and correcting typos/errors.
24-hour turnover, $20 flat rate.

Sensitivity Reading: Done during developmental editing with a focus on any potentially inaccurate, inauthentic, offensive, misrepresentative, harmful, or otherwise *-ist or *-phobic themes, phrases, or actions in the text.

**One person’s experience is not ALL people’s experience. Sensitivity readers cannot guarantee that others will not have issues with your work, but using them is an attempt to catch and correct large issues prior to submission and/or publication.

Sensitivity Reading is NOT the same as Developmental, Line, or Copy Editing. Know what you’re looking for from this critique and have a good idea of what is or isn’t working.
Rates available by page or hour ($1.55/page;$30/hour). Further details below.

Areas of Experience Include:
Queer/LGBT+ *
Mental Health/Illness* (depression, anxiety, PTSD/C-PTSD, OCD)
Trauma (physical, emotional, verbal & sexual abuse, CSA, domestic violence)
Physical Illness/Disability* (chronic illness, invisible illness, chronic pain, spoonie, migraines, intermittent cane/wheelchair use, light sensitivity & sun allergy, Lupus, APS, Fibromyalgia)
Ageism
Ableism & internalized ableism
Other*

*Please email about matters or details of a more personal or intimate nature not listed here that may require sensitivity reading.

*Manuscript length is based on standard margins in MS Word, 12-pt. font, Times New Roman, double-spaced (one page is usually about 300 words).

*Projects with an impending or hard deadline that require a faster turnaround are automatically billed hourly. All other projects will be returned within 3-6 weeks unless otherwise discussed and agreed on.

*Any further discussions regarding services, rates, payment options, or coupons, needs to occur before work on MS proceeds.

Interested in: Adult/YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Queer/LGBT fiction, Literary, Suspense, Thriller, Paranormal, Mystery, some Horror.

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Other

Basic Graphic Design: Cover art/design, banners, logo, promotional material, etc. Inquire for more details. $20/hour.

 

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If interested in any of these services, or if you have any questions, send an email to dmg@dmgbyrnes.com or click here and use one of the methods provided.