Cuskaden Editorial and Publishing Services
Editorial Assessment - $50 per 10,000 words
Are you tired of hearing "I just can't connect with this piece" from agents and editors? Let me help! With my fifteen years of publishing experience and my twelve years as an acquiring editor, I offer a unique perspective you can benefit from. I provide editorial assessments for this specific purpose and can help you pinpoint problem areas in your manuscript that are keeping you from catching the eye of an agent or editor. I will read through your manuscript and provide feedback regarding elements such as plot, voice, characterization, structure, consistency, pacing, and style. I will also address the marketability of your book and what editors and agents might be saying about it behind the scenes that they won't tell you.
Basic Edit - 1 cent per word
The Basic Edit includes a full round of content/developmental edits, which includes comments in the manuscript in Track Changes, but no red-line changes. In this round, I will concentrate on plot, characterization, pacing, timeline, etc. I will not comment on and correct typos, but I will make comments in an editorial letter for grammatical issues repeated throughout the manuscript.
Better Edit - 1.5 cents per word
This package includes two rounds of edits with comments and corrections in the manuscript in Track Changes. The first round of edits will concentrate on developmental edits—plot, character, pacing, timeline, etc. The second round of edits will concentrate on addressing the changes made to the manuscript after the first round of edits, as well as identify line edits, grammar, and punctuation issues and correct them in Track Changes.
Best Edit - 2 cents per word
This package includes all the edits outlined in the Better Edit package, and I will also read the manuscript one final time to proofread and make sure all changes on the author's end have been completed without inserting errors.
Copy/Line Edits - .008 per word
I will perform one round of copy/line edits on the manuscript, going through line by line to address repetition, inconsistencies, awkward wording, grammar, and punctuation. I will not comment on or address any issues with plot, characterization, pacing, etc. I will point out obvious inconsistencies and plot holes, though.
Proofreading - .006 per word
My unique method of proofreading enables me to catch more errors than a standard read-through of a manuscript. I read the manuscript backwards, which allows me to concentrate solely on grammar and punctuation errors rather than the story itself. Due to the way I proofread, I will not be looking for any larger story issues and this edit only includes standard proofreading.
Sensitivity Reads - $25 per 10,000 words
Sensitivity reads are an important tool to ensure that your manuscript accurately portrays certain aspects. While not everyone's experiences are the same, if you are covering certain issues in your work, it's imperative that you have a set of eyes on the book from someone who is/or has experienced what you are writing about if it is not something you've experienced. I am able to provide sensitivity reads regarding the following:
- Being a bisexual female who has lived an alternative lifestyle
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Rape/sexual assault
- Gaslighting/mental abuse from a partner or power figure
- Bullying (specifically in middle school and high school years)
Cover Copy - $25
I will complete two rounds of revisions on cover copy. A first draft of the cover copy is required, as well as a synopsis of the manuscript.
Query Letters - $25
I will complete two rounds of revisions on query letter. A first draft of the query letter is required, as well as a synopsis of the manuscript.
Pitch Assistance - Prices Vary
Pitches are one of the most difficult tasks in the industry. Not only do you have to sit in the hot seat across from someone you may never have met before, but you have to "sell" your baby to them. Give too much information, and you've lost an agent or editor. Give too little, and they don't know enough to want to see the manuscript. You have a limited amount of time, and it's important to make the most of it. As an editor, I've sat through more pitch sessions than I could begin to enumerate. I know what works, and I know what doesn't. While I can't guarantee that an agent will request your manuscript, what I can do is help you present your work in the best way possible. I will assist with honing your pitch before a conference. Skype practice sessions are available as well. Please contact me for details and to discuss pricing based on your specific needs.
Payment can be made via Square, Venmo, or PayPal. For projects requiring only one round of edits, half of the total cost must be paid up front, and the other half must be paid upon delivery of the edited manuscript. For projects requiring more than one round of edits, half of the total cost must be paid before I begin work on the first round, and the other half must be paid upon delivery of the fully edited manuscript.