Editing Services

Current Availability: Slots Open for May 2019!
(Last Updated 04/22/19)

 

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.

What kind of editor am I?

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 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 be an enjoyable read, I do enjoy a bit of erotic fiction too, not something as graphic as a hardcore porn movie on watch my gf adult but a steamy sex scene or two that gets you hot under the collar is definitely a good read.

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

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 1,000 words, and I will work my magic on them for free. One set of sample pages per person. If the full work is less than 10,000 words, sample offer does not apply. Please email me first to be sure I have availability.

Unaccepted Content

Hard Limits

I reserve the right to refuse to edit this content. If I begin working on a project before knowing it contains the following, refunds will be issued for all 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.

  • Rape, dubcon, noncon, or statutory (between a minor and an adult)
  • Graphic depictions of breathplay, choking, strangling, or loss of air
  • Extreme kink or edgeplay 
  • Bestiality

Weak Areas

I do not have extensive experience with these subjects. I can edit pieces containing these topics, but know that I may miss details related to the specific subject. (For example, I won’t be able to point out historical inaccuracies or if your three-year-old is not acting their age.)

  • Drunkenness, drug use, or alcoholism
  • Historical fact-checking in any time period
  • Grief, loss, or the death of a loved one
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, parenthood, or very young children

Prices

Quick Publisher Review – $5 flat rate

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I have over five years of experience working slush piles as a publisher. If you are submitting a short story or pitch to a publisher and just want a second pair of eyes to look it overt and tell you what could be improved, I’m happy to do so! 

You will receive a one-time report giving an honest first-time reaction, feedback, and suggestions for next steps. I will tell you if I, as a prospective publisher, would have wanted to publish your piece or not, and what you can do to improve.

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.

You will receive a one-time annotated file of your piece – either a .doc or using Google docs –  with specific comments using the program’s comment and track changes feature.

A follow-up spot-check of the specific areas that were improved upon can be requested for $0.002/word. 

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

Subjects & Identities
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional & Psychological Abuse
  • Bisexuality
  • Asexuality 
    • I am demisexual. I am not a good fit for sex-repulsed asexual characters.
  • Nonbinary and Genderqueer Characters
  • Trans-masculinity
  • Polyamory

This is similar to a beta read (see below) but with a focus on how a character/identity is portrayed in the book.

You will receive a one-time lengthy report discussing the way the identities or character was portrayed in the book, what problems need to be addressed, and what I advise for next steps in the editing process. 

A follow-up spot-check of the specific areas that were improved upon can be requested for $0.002/word. 

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

This is a quick read-through, a basic “second pair of eyes” look at your work. 

You will receive a one-time lengthy report giving my honest first-time reader reactions, comments about what areas stand out as needing work, and general editing suggestions. 

A follow-up spot-check of the specific areas that were improved upon can be requested for $0.002/word.

Discussion Emails – $0.005/word (read & written)

Incidental emails happening over the course of the services listed above take place free of charge.

However, if you want help brainstorming, developing characters, worldbuilding, plotting, or to bounce ideas off of someone, that would be considered a discussion email. 

I will let you know when incidental emails are moving into discussion territory. There will be no unexpected fees or charges!

 

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.

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.

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.

My second anthology, Love & Bubbles, was co-edited with Jennifer Lee Rossman, and focused on queer love stories set underwater. It was published in late 2018.

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.

“Why do I even 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.