Editing

There are many kinds of editors but I am primarily a developmental editor, which means I like to take a partial or full manuscript and help you to make it the absolute best it can be (copy editors, you have my deepest respect, but that’s not me!). I may suggest work on character development, story arc, arc of change, making sure your “jacket copy” point is shining through and any other refinements that will make your story the best it can be.


From there, if you would like to work together to trouble shoot on any of my comments, you may want to look at using me as your book coach!

Services to get started

Chapter review

Do you have a few chapters and the need for feedback? Want to know what’s working and not working for your efforts so far?

 

Up to 50 pages: $450

  • editorial letter (1-2 page)

  • one 30-minute phone call

 

Fresh eyes

Do you have a contract with a publisher for a book in development? If you want a professional read from someone who isn’t on your team (but who’s rooting for you!), I can be a fresh set of eyes.

 

Up to 60K words: $1,000

  • editorial letter (1-2 page)

  • one 45-minute phone call

 

More than 60K words: $1,500

  • editorial letter (1-2 page)

  • one 45-minute phone call

 

 

More to read, more to learn

Manuscript assessments

Do you have a full manuscript you want reviewed? Are you wondering if it’s query-ready or needs another pass? This comprehensive edit includes:

 

Up to 60K words: $2,000

  • One 5-10 page editorial letter

  • Dev edit comments in manuscript

  • One 45-minute coaching call post-evaluation

  • Direction for manuscript next steps

 

More than 60K words: $2,500

  • One 5-10 page editorial letter

  • Dev edit comments in manuscript

  • One 45-minute coaching call post-evaluation

  • Direction for manuscript next steps

Rewrite options

Do you have a full manuscript that you wanted coached through a re-write?

 

Editorial package 1: $2,000

  • Five deadlines of 25 pages per deadline (roughly two chapters)

  • Deadlines scheduled weekly or semi-weekly

  • In-line comments and ed letter for each deadline

  • Two 45-minute calls

  • Additional sessions at $400 each (one 25-page submission and one 45-min call)

 

Editorial package 2: $4,000

  • Ten deadlines of 25 pages per deadline (roughly two chapters)

  • Deadlines scheduled weekly or semi-weekly

  • Dev edit comments and ed letter for each deadline

  • Four 45-minute calls

  • Additional sessions at $400 each (one 25-page submission and one 45-min call)

Marni did an excellent job helping us with the substantive edit of Absolute Expert: Pandas, 2019 Nat Geo Kids. She hit the perfect tone and identified the ideal depth of content for the target audience.

Karen McNally Upson

Senior Editor, Girl Friday Productions

Desk
We hired Marni to edit our annual report, but she did so much more than edit; she helped us organize our priorities, make our message consistent, and shine and polish our language throughout. We appreciated her thoughtful insights and tactical execution.
 
Mary Beth Lambert
Director, Marketing and Communications
University Prep, Seattle