Editing Services

All rates given below are in USD.

Manuscript critiques

These critiques focus more on big-picture things. Are the characters well-developed? Are there problems with plot holes or cliches? Is the pacing too fast or too slow? I look at these and other issues when doing a critique. After reading the manuscript, I write up a detailed report (usually multiple pages) addressing issues. For an additional fee, I also will include in-text comments, pointing out specific areas that need attention.

Without in-text comments: $7 per 1,000 words

With in-text comments: $10 per 1,000 words

Line edits

I no longer offer copyediting services, but I know some great editors who do offer these services and am always happy to refer clients to them. If you are looking for somebody to copyedit or line edit your work, and would like a referral, shoot an email my way and I’ll help you find somebody.

Developmental coaching

This service is for writers stuck in the process of actually writing the manuscript. Whether you don’t know where to begin or you’ve hit a roadblock and aren’t sure how to continue, we can consult and discuss possible solutions to your writing problems. This is not a ghost-writing service. The goal is to coach and teach you how to write. Individually-tailored coaching sessions begin at $50 an hour.


Query critique: Query letters are my specialty. I’ve read hundreds of them. I do query critiques for a flat rate of $35, including a second read through. Additional read throughs are $5, but I usually find that people don’t need them.

Synopsis critique: $40 with a read through on revisions.

Twitter Pitch: I charge $15 for a Twitter Pitch. This includes multiple read throughs and a very hands-on revision strategy.

Submission Package Special: Query, synopsis, and first five pages for a flat fee of $50.


Feel free to email me if you’re wondering which service is best for you!

Check back for updates on special deals I may be offering, or follow me on Twitter (@KyraMNelson) for more updates.

*Please note that I do not edit erotica or graphic sex scenes (non-graphic is okay, if it’s “fade to black” or “off-screen”). I may also decline to edit a project that I deem racist, homophobic, body shaming, or that otherwise stereotypes a group of people in an offensive way. *

9 thoughts on “Editing Services

  1. Emailed you an inquiry about your services last Friday, but never got a reply. Not sure if it’s because it went to your spam folder, or you’re too busy at the moment.

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