Editing Services

To schedule an edit, please email me at jolenebperry (at) gmail (dot) com – with EDIT in the subject line. If you’re not sure what type of edit would suit you best, I’d love to chat with you about it.


A free read of chapter one (no more than 4k or 10 pages) for first-time clients. Can be used once. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this option.

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.

This kind of back and forth can be invaluable before you start a new project.

*Consultations are billed in 20 minute increments, with a 1 hour minimum charge.

SIMPLE STORY EDIT: $30 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 an 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. The difference between this edit and the Developmental Story Edit, is that the Developmental Story Edit comes with in-text notes as well as the edit letter.

*minimum charge of 50.00

DEVELOPMENTAL STORY EDIT: 55.00 per 10,000 words

One editorial pass of your book, plus a round of questions after you receive your edit. 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, and basic grammar issues.

*minimum charge of 50.00

LINE EDIT: 60.00 per 10,000 words

One editorial pass of your book, plus a round of questions after you receive your edit. This type of edit focuses on characterization, strengthening language, more detailed plot points, as well as grammatical issues. If you’re an indie author and can only afford one round, this is what I recommend. If you’re trying to get an agent, and they remark on characterization, weak language, or too much “telling” this is the round you want. If you’re still not sure if your story is working, you’ll want a developmental edit rather than a line edit.

*minimum charge of 50.00

DOUBLE ROUND EDIT: 90.00 per 10,000 words

Two editorial passes of your book, plus a round of questions after you receive your final edit. The first round will fall more in line with a developmental edit, and the second round will focus more on the details of a line edit.

*minimum charge of 90.00

GHOST WRITING/COLLABORATIVE WRITING: I take on very few of these, but I’m happy to discuss your project.

If you’re not sure what kind of edit you’re after, please ask! I may be able to help you pinpoint what would be most useful. If you need a rush, less than 2 weeks, the extra charge is 50.00.

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

Happy Writing!

~ Jo


By booking and/or sending over an edit, you’re saying that you understand the following:

$50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to schedule an edit. That 50.00 will be deducted from your final total. If your manuscript is turned in to me more than one week late, the 50.00 is forfeit.

The reason for this, is that when an author schedules an edit, I don’t take on other edits during that time period, but I still like necessities like food and gas. So, if an author backs out of their spot, I make less money that month.

Payment is expected at, or soon after, the time the project is sent. Your 3-5 week turn-around time begins after payment is received. Edits will not be returned to the author without payment. If you want to make sure we’re a good fit, remember that I’m happy to give you a sample edit.


I will not share any portion of your MS, my edits on that MS, or any details/ideas/theories from your MS or your personal information with any outside parties, including social media, unless I have your express permission.

If there’s something you think would help your writing, and it’s not listed here, please don’t hesitate to reach out. My passion is helping writers become stronger writers, and I’ll always be looking for ways I can do that better. Happy to do a short cheerleading session on the phone in exchange for Amazon bucks 😉

I’m very happy to be part of the Waypoint Author Academy team, loads of free content to help writers, which you can find here.

Happy Writing!

~ Jo