Editing Services

To schedule an edit, please email me at jolenebperry (at) gmail (dot) com – with EDIT in the subject line. 


A free read of chapter one (no more than 4k)

QUERY LETTER EDIT: $25/1-2 rounds

Two rounds with your query, blurb, or cover copy. Must send your attempt as well as a synopsis (even if the synopsis is a mess or just bullet points).


Where is your story trying to go? How can you get it there more effectively? Why aren’t your characters cooperating? How can you fix the giant plot hole in the middle? From characterization to conflict to fleshing out a seed of an idea, sometimes a great brainstorming session is all you need to gain momentum.

After sitting down with authors at numerous writing conference to do just this, I fell in love with these sessions. If you’re more comfortable with a one-on-one messaging chat, I’m happy to accommodate that as well.

*Consultations are billed by the hour, with a 1 hour minimum charge.

SIMPLE STORY EDIT: $35 per 10,000 words

This edit is my recommendation if  – ONE – you have a first draft and you want some general idea of what’s working and what’s not, or – TWO – if you’ve been querying and your book just isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

I’ll do a quick read of your MS and send you a 2-3 page edit letter outlining strengths, weaknesses, plot pitfalls, and a few notes on characterization as well as marketability. Instead of an edit letter, I’m happy to have a 30-60 minute phone chat with you where we can talk plot, and I can answer questions.  Author’s choice.

*minimum charge of 50.00

DEVELOPMENTAL STORY EDIT: 55.00 per 10,000 words

One editorial pass of your book. This will include in-manuscript notes and an editorial content letter pointing out general overall issues in the manuscript (plot problems, character development, repetition/redundancy, basic grammar problems).

*minimum charge of 50.00

PREMIUM STORY EDIT: 90.00 PER 10,000 words

Two editorial passes of your book. This will include a detailed editorial letter and in-manuscript comments/line edits for your book with each pass. I will address plot, character, world-building, and fine tune problematic grammar issues.

*minimum charge of 85.00

All documents must be sent in word. Edits will not be released until editor receives payment. To reserve a spot on the calendar, a non-refundable 50.00 booking fee is required.

To schedule an edit, please email me at jolenebperry (at) gmail (dot) com – with EDIT in the subject line. 

Happy Writing!

~ Jo