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Editing Services

Terms and Rates


Every editing service uses slightly different titles to describe their editing packages. At Speak Coffee To Me Creative Studio, you’ll find that Beta Reading is used interchangeably with Developmental Editing, and that our Copyediting service is different from our Proofreading service. Please take a look at the different levels, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

 

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Developmental Editing for Fiction

Looking for a paid Beta Reader to give in-depth feedback?


Get feedback on story structure, character development, plot holes, sagging middles, pacing, dialog, continuity, world development and so much more.

Our developmental editing specializes in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and romance.

Note: this is not a deep dive on line-level edits. Some line edits may be returned to author, but this level of editing is mostly focused on big picture editing.

Rate: $-.–/word

When to Use

  • You’ve completed a draft of your novel but you’re still at a stage where you’re willing to add, delete, or rewrite entire scenes or chapters to improve the story.

Services Offered

  • Editing letter delivered to writer
  • Changes and suggestions backed up with examples, explaining the editor’s reasoning
  • Specialized genre critique for science fiction, fantasy, or romance
  • Optional video chat to discuss editing letter (additional fee)

Does Not Include

  • Line-level editing notes

Copyediting

Need someone who knows where the comma goes?


Our copyediting services are a line by line edit that sniffs out grammar and usage errors, typos, and potentially awkward word choices. Flags confusing sentences, repeats, and inconsistencies.

Rate: $-.–/word

When to Use

  • The plot is polished and you’re looking for line-level corrections.

Services Offered

  • Line-by-line review notes
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Proofreading for All Industries

Got typos? Not anymore.


Proofreading provides a final set of eyes to review errors that may have sneaked into the document over subsequent edits. Fiction or non-fiction; we’ll proof any length writing, short articles to door-stopper novels.

This level of editing is meant to be used when the final formatting is already complete; proofreading services are for catching errors and issues that may have sneaked into the document during formatting. It is also one last final chance to catch other (e.g. grammatical) errors.

Rate: $-.–/word

 

When to Use

  • The story has been typeset/formatted into its final format (book, ebook, CMS, or other distribution software). 

Services Offered

  • Line-by-line review notes

Query Letter Writing & Editing


If you’re querying an agent or editor about publishing your novel, you know that the query letter is an essential piece of business communication. But it’s also one that stumps many authors when it comes to writing one that’s effective and interesting. Let us help.

We can work with authors to polish existing query letters or get more hands-on: after a conversation with you about your novel and reading your description of your novel, we’ll develop and write a query letter for your novel.

Novels are bought by editors based on the quality and content of the novel, but having a solid query letter that meets or exceeds industry standards keeps the door open long enough for your novel to catch their attention.

Rates:

$-.–/word — just a copyedit of letter

$-.– flat fee — edit and revamp letter

$-.– flat fee — full works: chat with author, draft letter, and one revision after second conversation with author

When to Use

  • You’re ready to query agents and editors!

Services Offered

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Does Not Include

  • Reading/editing of full novel