Editorial Services

Specializing in genre fiction, in particular romance—of most* sub-genres—and mystery. Also works of women’s fiction and thrillers, as well as adult-leaning young adult.

*I’m not the right editor for faith-based/inspirational romance.

To book any service, request pricing, ask questions, or receive more information, please email me at angelajameseditor AT gmail.com

I enjoyed her candor and professionalism

"Working with Angela was an absolute pleasure! Her knowledge of the romance industry and what it takes to make a great book are invaluable and her edits were detailed and spot on. I enjoyed her candor and professionalism and look forward to the opportunity to work with her again."

~A.C. Arthur, award-winning traditional and self-published author of contemporary and paranormal romance

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~A.C. Arthur, award-winning traditional and self-published author of contemporary and paranormal romance

"Working with Angela was an absolute pleasure! Her knowledge of the romance industry and what it takes to make a great book are invaluable and her edits were detailed and spot on. I enjoyed her candor and professionalism and look forward to the opportunity to work with her again."

Phone or video consultation, mentoring, listening and advising services.

Description:
A one-hour consultation via phone or video with a publishing industry expert. This is your opportunity to receive career coaching, industry insight (no confidential or proprietary information will be given, sorry!), ask questions and get advice about agents, bounce story, career, characterization or other questions and ideas off me, and seek advice, feedback and even reassurance! This might be of particular interest to you if you’re on the search for an agent, struggling with career path, or just need someone to vent about publishing with. Think of this as your personal Reddit AMA opportunity, an opportunity for mentorship, career counseling, access to someone with industry knowledge and a chance to get a listening ear.

Deliverable:
Phone/video call only. No further consultation or written notes offered, no manuscript or page review included.

Timeline:
Call to be completed within 1-3 weeks of contact.

Partial manuscript assessment

Description:
An expert critique of your partial manuscript, providing an industry-insight overview of your partial manuscript to include critique of characters, craft and story elements, as well as highlighting strengths, and offering suggestions and feedback for revisions, additions and further consideration.

Materials:
1st three chapters of manuscript, not to exceed 15,000 words, in .doc or .docx format., along with a synopsis review if desired. Synopsis will not be longer than 5 pages, formatted in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced w/1-inch margins.

Deliverable:
You will receive a high-level typed assessment/review of your chapters in PDF format. Your feedback will be broken down into specific areas of feedback, including story, plot, characterization, representation, relationship, pacing, craft issues and more. Positive feedback is included in every critique, highlighting your writing, story and craft strengths. Feedback usually runs from 4-7 pages.

No in-manuscript comments or line-edits are provided.

Follow-up:
There is no further consultation provided with this option. Further consultation can be provided at an additional cost.

Timeline:
Time needed is approximately 3 business days, to be scheduled in advance.

Suggested add-on:
Phone/video consultation.

Full manuscript assessment

Description:
An expert critique of your full manuscript, providing an industry-insight overview of your manuscript to include critique of characters, craft and story elements, as well as highlighting strengths, and offering suggestions and feedback for revisions, additions and further consideration.

Materials:
Full manuscript in .doc or .docx format. Synopsis review included if desired (will be charged based on word count). Synopsis will not be longer than 5 pages, formatted in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced w/1-inch margins.

Deliverable:
You will receive a high-level typed assessment/review of your full manuscript in PDF format. Your feedback will be broken down into specific areas of feedback, including story, plot, characterization, representation, relationship, pacing, craft issues and more. Positive feedback is included in every critique, highlighting your writing, story and craft strengths. Feedback usually runs from 6-9 pages.

No in-manuscript comments or line-edits are provided. This is not a full developmental edit, as it doesn’t include in-manuscript, scene by scene edits and suggestions, but is meant to be an overall critique and will offer large picture suggestions and feedback.

Follow-up:
There is no further consultation provided with this option. Further consultation can be provided at an additional cost.

Timeline:
Time needed is approximately 5-7 business days, to be scheduled in advance.

Suggested add-on:
Phone/video consultation at a discounted rate with this service.

Full Developmental and Line Edit

This is the highest level of service provided. Get your book publication ready! This is the level of editing you want if you’re looking to independently publish your book.**

Description:
An expert critique of your full manuscript, providing an industry-insight overview of your manuscript to include critique of characters, craft and story elements, as well as highlighting strengths, and offering suggestions and feedback for revisions, additions and further consideration. In addition, in-document comments and line edits are provided.

Materials:
Full manuscript in .doc or .docx format. Synopsis review included if desired (will be charged based on word count). Synopsis will not be longer than 5 pages, formatted in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced w/1-inch margins.

Deliverable:
You will receive a high-level typed assessment/review of your chapters in PDF format that fully assists in developing your story, characters, relationship development, pacing, craft issues and more. In addition, you will receive specific comments and track changes done in manuscript, which you can reply to/discuss with me as we edit. This is an in-depth editing experience in which you and I will collaborate on making your manuscript and story an amazing reading experience for your readers.

Follow-up:
2 passes are provided (first for content edits, second for line edits) with back and forth discussion using comments within the manuscript. Further consultation can be provided at an additional cost.

Timeline:
Time needed for first pass of developmental edits is approximately 7-10 business days, to be scheduled in advance. Second round of line edits will be completed after author completes developmental edits. Timing to be discussed and mutually agreed upon.

Suggested add-on:
Phone/video consultation at a discounted rate with this service.

**Your book will still need to be copy edited and proofread. Your copy editor and/or proofreader should never be the same person who offers content/line edits on your work!

Scheduling:

New clients only: A sample of your manuscript may be requested prior to finalizing booking.

Author may also request a small sample edit from me prior to paying a deposit.

At the time of booking, we’ll set a mutually agreeable date for you to deliver your manuscript. This date can be adjusted in advance for no additional charges, but must be done 4 weeks prior to your scheduled delivery. Within 4 weeks of scheduled date, a rescheduling fee will be assessed.

Late delivery of manuscript (more than 48 hours past the agreed date) will result in additional charges. If you cancel at any time, you forfeit your non-refundable deposit. Your next scheduled service after cancellation will require a non-refundable full payment in advance.

Upon delivery of your manuscript, I will provide a return date. I will refund $25 of your fee for every day I’m late delivering edits beyond 48 hours past the agreed date.

Discounts and Referrals

I have put in place several opportunities to receive discounts.

Referral program:

If you are an existing client and refer someone who books—and completes payment for—any assessment*, you will receive a 5% discount on your next editorial service, to be used within 6 months of referral. They must mention your name at the time of inquiry. You can receive one discount per new referral.

*Consultations are not included in the referral program.

Own voices, marginalized or traditionally underrepresented authors:

Though I am no longer able to directly impact traditional publishing, I continue to commit to inclusion and diversity in publishing. I’m offering a 10% discount on any marginalized author’s first service booked. No one is required to share their marginalization with me, simply ask for the discount to be applied at the time of booking.

Please note: Discounts cannot be combined. Only one discount per service may be applied. I reserve the right to discontinue discounts at any time, but will honor any previous discounts earned (to be used within the time frame noted above).

Confidentiality:

Any personal information disclosed to me in the course of our editorial relationship will be held in complete confidentiality.

To book any service, ask questions or receive more information, please email me at angelajameseditor AT gmail.com.

Payment:

  • All totals will be rounded up to the nearest $10.
  • Payment invoice will be sent via Stripe. Arrangements can be made for payment via PayPal at author’s request.
  • All payments are due prior to work beginning.
  • As noted, all deposits are non-refundable.
  • I reserve the right to change rates as necessary, but rate at time of your booking will be noted on your deposit invoice and honored at time of service.