Editing Services

To contact me regarding editing your piece, please send me an email (jaylee at jayleejames dot com) including general information about your piece, the word count, what kind of edit you are seeking, and what time frame you are looking at. I will reply within 48 hours with pricing information and whether your time frame lines up with my availability.

Why do you need an editor?

To avoid getting one and two star reviews.

Hiring an editor cannot guarantee you high-star reviews. However, it can help reduce the number of people who DNF out of your book due to grammar/spelling, inconsistent characterization, major readability issues, or just appearing unprofessional.

After you’ve made your piece the best it can be, an editor is the one who comes along and makes it even better, polishing it and making your story and your voice stronger.

What kind of editor am I?

I am a fiction editor, who is thorough, exacting, and will push to make every element of your story as high quality as it can be. I tend to be nitpicky and detailed, approaching the story as both a reader and a publisher. If something isn’t working, I am not shy about telling you. However, I am equally unreserved when your story is coming together beautifully.

My favorite genres are science fiction, fantasy, and romance. I have a soft spot for queer characters of all stripes, especially girls kissing, sweet werewolf boys, and nonbinary characters of all kinds. That said, I read widely – anything with an interesting concept is likely to hold my attention.

As a publisher, I have focused on genre fiction featuring underrepresented characters, balancing the line between an entertaining story and portraying minority characters with respect.

I have a passion for storytelling. I love finding the heart of a story and drawing it out, clearing away whatever is blocking it. Stories are the ultimate puzzle, and I thoroughly enjoy finding out what needs to give in order for the pieces to click into place and create a beautiful whole.

My Experience

From 2014-2016 I was the Senior Editor of Vitality Magazine. I mostly worked content edits during this time, curating stories and judging what works and what doesn’t. All issues of Vitality magazine have four stars on Goodreads.

I have also worked alongside an author to do heavy edits and rewrites on their novella, Anagnorisis by Kate Ledbetter in early 2016.

In 2016 I worked on a novella-length project with multiple authors called Murder-You-Vote. I did all of the editing, which involved harmonizing multiple voices into one story, monitoring the structure, fiddling with grammar, and keeping the atmosphere on point.

Most recently I did all of the edits on a 300-page anthology of science fiction fairy tales called Circuits & Slippers. I did every bit of editing – curating, content, copy edits, etc. – on the entire book, which was published in September 2016, and currently has over four stars on Goodreads.

I have done beta reading work for authors such as Claudie Arseneault and Maggie Derrick.  I also have a Bachelor of Arts in English from Evangel University.

Sample Pages

If you are not ready to commit to a large edit, or want to test-drive my services for yourself, you may send a sample of around 2,000 words, and I will work my magic on them for free. One set of sample pages per person. Please email me first to be sure I have availability.

Unaccepted Content

I will not edit work that contains erotic, sexual scenes portraying rape whether it be dubcon/noncon or between a minor and an adult. I will also not edit work that contains graphic depictions of choking, strangling, or loss of air.

I reserve the right to refuse to edit this content. Refunds will be issued on unedited words. If you have questions about whether or not your piece falls into these categories, please bring it up in your first message to avoid being disappointed later.

I am not super comfortable or familiar with heavy BDSM, bestiality, drug use, or otherkin/furry content and while I *can* edit those pieces, I am probably not your best choice if these are prevalent themes in your work.

I’m not a historian of any stripe. If you need help fact-checking your historical fiction or keeping it period-appropriate, I cannot help you.

I have also never experienced the death of a close loved one. If your piece deals heavily with grief, consider another editor who has experience with this subject.

Prices

Developmental Edits / Line Edits – $0.008/word
(35k novella = $280, 80k novel = $640)

This would be a thorough, line-by-line look at your work. Focus will be on character development, structure, maintaining tension, and bringing out emotion and themes, as well as cleaning typos and improving readability.

Sensitivity Read – $0.004/word
(35k novella = $140, 80k novel = $320)

I can do sensitivity reads for mental health (depression, anxiety, emotional/psychological abuse) and LGBTQ identities (bisexual, nonbinary, asexual-spectrum [demisexual – I am not a good fit for sex-repulsed ace characters], and polyamory) that I share.

This is similar to a beta read (see below) but with a focus on how a character/identity is portrayed in the book. I will point out any glaring problems and explain why those areas need work.

Beta Read – $0.002/word
(35k novella = $70, 80k novel = $160)

This is a quick read-through, with comments about what areas stand out as needing work and general editing suggestions. It includes feedback about the plot and characters, and is a basic “second pair of eyes” look at your work.

Trades

I am happy to exchange editing services for artwork or design services. Please include your portfolio when contacting me.

For friends (if we reply to each other’s stuff regularly on twitter, I consider you a friend) I am happy to swap edits for edits on each others’ work, if I have something I am currently working on (I often don’t, though!).

At the moment (April 2017) I am happy to exchange editing services for pieces of short 1500 words #ownvoices LGBTQ fiction or creative nonfiction (pre-published is fine) to be published as part of a TOP SECRET PROJECT that will be announced soon. You would own all copyrights to your piece, I just get first publication rights as part of a Patreon, and instead of monetary payment, I will edit something small/light for you. Email to work out the details.

To contact me regarding editing your piece, please send me an email (jaylee at jayleejames dot com) including general information about your story, the word count, what kind of edit you are seeking, and what time frame you’re looking at. I will reply within 48 hours with pricing information and whether your time frame lines up with my availability.