Editorial Services

I’m an editorial veteran with more than sixteen years of experience as a journalist, professional writer, editor, and fiction writer. My award-winning debut novel, The Leaving of Things,  was written as my thesis in the MFA program of the University of Southern California.

I’ve been both a student and a mentor in the writing process, having gone through a workshop-driven graduate writing program and, since then, helped many writers in the editing of their own debut manuscripts.

If you’re in the market for a well-versed editor for your novel, memoir, or non-fiction book, I’d love to connect.

“Jay is an incredibly thoughtful and generous editor who brings a wealth of story and editing experience to any project that comes across his desk. His sense of character, plot, tone, and style is impeccable.” — Paul Morrissey, Eisner Award-winning Writer & Editor

Services Offered:

Story Editing — An ideal choice if you need a big-picture summary of your draft. I will read through a Word version of your manuscript and look at overall structure, character development and consistency, as well as issues of pacing, point of view, and dialogue. Using the Track Changes function, I will input my notes and thoughts in the margins with regard to scene flow, dramatic beats, dialogue, etc., and I will also sum it up in a 2-3 page report on the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript, and how to make the necessary improvements for taking your book to the next level.

Line Editing — This is akin to a heavy copy edit. Here, we’ll go through the book line-by-line, paragraph-by-paragraph to see how your language is functioning for things like tone, style, vocabulary, and sentence structure. If your manuscript has already been through the wringer in writing groups, workshops, and beta readers, and you’ve been refining your language, it’s unlikely it’ll need a line edit, but by evaluating a few sample pages, we can decide if your manuscript could benefit from one or it can go straight to a copy edit. All edits are made in a Word doc, using Track Changes.

Copy Editing —  This is where we pop the hood, roll up our sleeves, and get to the nitty-gritty of grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, syntax, and style. We’ll comb your manuscript, line by line, fixing errors and making sure your style conforms to established publishing conventions. In my practice, this usually means making sure your manuscript is in line with the Chicago Style Guide. All edits are made in a Word doc, using Track Changes.

What’s It Cost?

The cost varies depends on which service you need and the word count of your manuscript.

Story Editing on manuscripts between 60k to 100k words runs at 1.5 cents per word. If your manuscript is less than or more than that, the cost is 2 cents per word.

Line Editing is the most involved, labor-intensive, and time-consuming option because I get into the weeds of the language and story flow along with issues of grammar and punctuation. The cost for this service is 3 cents per word for all manuscripts between 60k and 100k words.

Copy Editing runs at 2 cents a word for all manuscripts between 60k and 100k words and 2.5 cents for those with word counts less than or more than that.

How Long Does It Take?

Story Editing for a manuscript running between 60k to 100k words usually takes two weeks.

Line Editing is generally on a three- to four-week timeline for 60k to 100k word manuscripts.

Copy Editing usually takes two to three weeks, again depending on the length of the manuscript and how intensive the edit needs to be.

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