Full Edits, Booking & Fees, and Genres


đź“· | Layne Beckner

Finishing the first draft of your story is a huge accomplishment. What’s the next step? I can help you polish those pages and prepare them for querying or publication.

After the first draft has been beta read, subsequent drafts are for editing and revisions. Your manuscript needs to be as polished as possible before querying or publishing.

But how do you know what kind of edits you need? There are four main types of edits, and they might be a lot different than what you realize. For example, many people think a proofread is a once-over to make sure everything sounds ok, but it’s something entirely different. Read on to find out what the differences are.

If you’ve already read the information below and know what you’d like to book, go directly to the booking form here.

Foxx Editorial maintains 5-star service and my clients’ comments here are testaments to my professional, knowledgeable, and actionable feedback. Every project is different, so it’s important to assess your needs in order for me to give you an accurate quote. I offer reasonable, industry-standard fees that are reflective of the excellent work I strive to provide, and I make every effort to give my clients thoughtful and helpful feedback. Reach out about what your needs are.

If you haven’t worked with me before and you’re interested in booking a full edit service, I am happy to do a ten-page assessment for $45USD which will then go towards the cost of the full edits. This will enable you to see what kind of feedback I offer, and it will also allow me to get a better understanding of the scope of work involved and ensure you’re booking the right kind of edits.

I can give you in-depth, professional feedback in four main areas of editing. Read about each one to help you decide what stage your manuscript requires.


Types of Editing


Structural Editing is usually the first stage of editing you need to have done. It takes a look at the big picture and deals with things like plot holes, character arc, tension, natural dialogue, character voice (especially in dual or multi-POV novels), show vs. tell, good flow, a good hook and inciting incident, etc. This is going to be the largest component of the editing process. It’s a collaborative process and may include brainstorming sessions, back-and-forth communication, and revision rounds.

Stylistic Editing is tightening up long-winded passages, eliminating redundancy and run-on sentences, ensuring a good flow of information, and generally making sure any confusing areas become clear and concise. It also ensures tone is being articulated correctly through language. A revision round is included.

Copy Editing is much more than just spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It’s also consistency (in words and in character actions, scene settings, etc.), word choice, sentence structure, and overall quality of the writing. A revision round is included.

Proofreading is your final step after all revisions are complete, and it’s much more detailed than it sounds. This is where the polishing is done to catch any missed or newly-introduced errors in spelling, punctuation, consistency in capitalization and abbreviations, visuals, page numbers, headings and sub-headings, etc. It’s extremely important to do this after all big picture revisions have been made and before it goes to print.


Fees


Fees for full edits are based on a per-project basis, so it will depend on what kind of edits you need and what your word/page count is. Generally speaking, fees range between the industry standard of $.012-$.024 per word depending on the type of edits being booked. This includes administrative time to provide a detailed editorial letter outlining areas done well and areas that need improvement. Editorial letters give specific examples and suggestions and are in addition to the feedback notes and edits made in the document itself.

Style Sheets are available for an additional $150 USD. These are documents that show when a style decision is made to ensure consistency throughout the manuscript. It is followed by each subsequent editor and/or proofreader. General stylistic and copy editing rules are followed according to a style guide (such as the Chicago Manual of Style) and/or the publishing house’s style guide, and anything that is not specified in either of those guides must be decided upon in a logical manner by the editor, then consistently followed through each round of edits. Areas include numbers and dates, spellings, use of proper nouns, the physical appearance of characters, timelines, etc. They take time and effort to build for each document I edit and are usually several pages long.

It is recommended to book your editing time as soon as possible (i.e. don’t wait until you’re finished and ready to hand it over) so that you can get the booking time you’d like.

Once you fill out the booking form, I will send you an invoice (via email) which outlines the service, timeline, and payment terms. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required before work can begin. The remaining 50% is due within 3 days of delivery of the first round of feedback. You are welcome to take as much time as you need for your revisions and then send them back to me, at which point I’ll give you a firm date of delivery for the revision round.


Genres


I typically read and edit Adult or YA in the following genres: domestic or psychological thrillers, domestic suspense, gothic fiction/horror, historical and historical fantasy, supernatural/paranormal, some book club fiction, and some rom coms. She is great with dual or multiple POVs and dual timelines. Please note that epic/high fantasy and science fiction are not typically genres she reads heavily. Structurally, her areas of expertise are in the above-mentioned genres. Stylistic and copy edits can be booked in any genre (unless the story contains any of the Hard No elements listed below).

Hard No stories: extreme gore and ruthless violence from the beginning to the end of the story, explicit/repeated rape, erotica, highly religious stories, heavy politics, or stories where animals or children are harmed (intentionally) on the page.

Sci-Fi, Epic or High Fantasy, and Space Operas are generally not my areas of expertise, but please feel free to reach out about your story to discuss the genre and content if it falls into one of these three genres.

I particularly love twisty, jaw-dropping thrillers, haunted houses, ghosts, ancestry, time travel, witches, and anything to do w/ soulmates/soul connections, reincarnation, and past lives. I’m happy to provide edits on a wide range of word counts, but generally speaking, in those genres, novels are typically under 100,000 words (especially for debuts!).

NOTE: If you are booking a query package critique or a short/flash fiction critique, I am happy to accept any genre (except where there is the noted graphic content above). If you’re not sure if your genre would be a good fit, please don’t hesitate to reach out here to inquire about your project’s genre, word count, elements, and overall editing needs.


đź“· | Layne Beckner

Book Your Edits


To book your edits with me, please fill out the form at the link here and click Submit. When your form is received, I’ll send an invoice to the email address provided with the quoted amount and any details discussed as well as a timeline for your project based on your individual needs. Please ensure you read the terms and conditions before submitting the form. I use forms instead of website-direct bookings so I don’t get overwhelmed with bookings; this allows us to discuss the timeline based on your anticipated deadline and my availability.

Repeat clients earn 10% off future bookings! (Cannot be combined with other discounts.)

Please be advised that full edits, query packages, and assessments will be taken on a limited basis during the summer. Book yours in now to have your edit or assessment completed in the timeframe you’d like.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or would like to check availability before booking. Thank you for trusting me with your work!