Right. So I'm a thirty-year publishing veteran who's worked as an in-house editor of both commercial fiction (at Harlequin Books, where I received a Best Editor award from the Romance Writers of America) and literary fiction (at McGraw-Hill Ryerson, where I acquired and edited short fiction by such luminaries as Patrick DeWitt and Alexi Zentner). As a freelance editor, I've evaluated manuscripts across all genres for publishing companies, book packagers, and writers. (For information on editing sales, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter.) I'm also the published author of two Harlequin novels and two Penguin young adult novels. The latter were recently optioned for television by Pilgrim Studios. I’ve been a staff writer on a television show geared to tweens, and am currently developing an original tween-oriented TV series and compiling a collection of young adult short stories. I've taught romance writing at George Brown College and children's writing at Centennial College.
A BKR critique/developmental edit gives you a detailed evaluation of your manuscript, focusing on substantive elements such as plot, structure, character, conflict, voice and theme. No worries, I also suggest methods of fixing said problems. A multi-page report is sent via e-mail within 2 to 4 weeks of manuscript receipt. The following charges apply (Canadians, please add 13% HST; Americans and international clients, please pay in US funds):
Partial manuscripts (three chapters), short stories, and novellas up to 30,000 words: $250.00
Complete manuscripts up to 70,000 words: $300.00
Complete manuscripts between 70,000 words and 100,000 words: $400.00
Complete manuscripts between 100,000 words and 120,000 words: $500.00
Evaluation of revised material: half the original fee (there is no time limit on this offer)
You can include a query letter and/or a synopsis (under 5 pages) and/or cover copy with your submission at no extra charge. Yes, I'm that nice. E-mail the whole kit and kaboodle to and send your payment via PayPal, citing that same e-mail address. I'll have to confirm payment before reading. (No offense.) At that point, I'll send you an invoice marked 'Paid in full'. Your manuscript must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx files only, please) as an attachment, and your query letter and/or synopsis and/or blurbs have to be sent at the same time as your manuscript, or I will become very, very confused. And for God's sake, please double space your manuscripts and number your pages.
Please note that I do not offer sample edits, due to the level of my experience, my low fees, my busy schedule, and the fact that sample edits lend themselves more to line/copy edits than substantive edits.
In addition to adult fiction, I edit middle grade and young adult fiction. For picture books, early chapter books, and children's non-fiction, I highly recommend .
When you are ready for a copy edit, I recommend Amanda Sumner, whose service you can read about at www.carefulcopyediting.com (but writers, please don't make the mistake of thinking you just need a 'cleanup' without doing the important big-picture work beforehand).
If you are e-publishing, I recommend The Scarlett Rugers Book Design Agency (http://www.scarlettrugers.com/) for cover design, and the E-book Formatting Fairies (http://www.e-bookformattingfairies.blogspot.ca/) for formatting. Be sure to tell them I sent you.
"So grateful for your expert editorial skills, encouragement, and quick turnaround. Highly recommend!"
-Lindy DeKoven, former NBC VP and author of Primetime Princess (Amazon, women's fiction)
"Bev, you have an uncanny knack for seeing exactly what a manuscript needs!"
-Kimberley Griffiths Little, author of Secret Rites of the Goddess (Scholastic, young adult)
"Bev, the manuscripts you edited for me just sold! A big thanks to you for all your fantastic suggestions!"
-Sarah Castille, New York Times/USA Today bestselling author of In Your Corner (Sourcebooks, romance)