I am now offering editing services:
Developmental editing: I focus on the story features. In addition to basic proofreading, I will suggest ways in which the writer can improve their voice, plot, characters, setting, and atmosphere. I will also point out any plot holes or logical errors, and suggest ways to work around them. 10 days and $500 per 50k words, with an additional day and $25 per 10k words over 50k.
Copy editing: I search for typos, misspelled/misused words, grammatical and mechanical errors, as well as awkward or confusing sentence structures. 15 days and $650 per 50k words, with an additional day and $30 per 10k words over 50k.
Another Pair of Eyes: Very basic run-through of shorter works (fewer than 5k words) or excerpts for a second opinion and correcting errors/typos. 24-hour turnover (if you send it to me at 10am, I will have it back to you by 10am the next morning). $25 flat rate. Faster responses can be negotiated.
Length of manuscript is based upon standard margins in MS Word, 12-pt. font, Times New Roman, double-spaced (one page is usually about 400 words). “Days” is based upon business days, M-F.
If interested or if you have any questions, please tweet @JettimusMaximus, or email me at email@example.com.
I don’t want to tell you about Jette Harris because I want to keep her to myself. She is tons of fun to work with and has an eye for all things edit-y, like plot holes, character development and continuity. Jette’s advice really helps enhance a writer’s voice. She understands very quickly what it is you and your ‘darlings’ are trying to say. In reviewing my manuscript, Jette pointed out anything that sounded out of character for the voice of my protagonist, offering possible suggestions. As well, Jette’s grammar advice is supreme. I don’t always get along with the comma, but with Jette’s guidance, the comma and I have become better friends. It’s a privilege having her as my editor.
— L. M. Bryski, Book of Birds
Jette not only did an excellent job editing my manuscript, she did it with so much enthusiasm she convinced me to expand it from a novella to a full series. Her line edit hit all the bad points, but managed to be encouraging at the same time, and she found several plot holes that I had completely missed. Better yet, she’s tons of fun to work with!
–Michael Gunter, Thundercrest
At first, I wasn’t quite sure how to take Jette. She is bolder than most editors and stubborn as a horse. I had been used to other editors, bowing down to my demands and requests. But not Jette. And I’ll tell you why: She is honest and to the point. She’s not going to tell you, your story is good, if it sucks. She has integrity and pride in what she does and takes it seriously. She treats your story as her own and is not afraid to say, “I would cut.” Yep, every author’s nightmare is to have to cut parts of a story you have put your hard work and sweat into. But isn’t that why we hire an editor? To show us how our story can be better, to tell us all the things we don’t want to hear? Let’s face it, not one author truly will admit that just maybe, their story is lacking or too wordy. We look at each of our stories as perfection. But they’re not. Jette can be described as the subconscious to your story, the voice that makes sure that your works are better than good, that your talent is used to its best ability. That your characters are real and believable, that the plot flows and is engaging throughout. Jette is the editor every author needs, the one who is not afraid to plunge in and make your story the best ever written.