Looseleaf’s genre tastes are broad: fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, YA, and children’s books fill Kristy’s shelves alongside historical fiction, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction. Some favorite novels include The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, Night Watch by Terry Pratchett, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, and Embassytown by China Miéville (and what the heck—you can’t go wrong with Pride and Prejudice). Stylistically, Kristy enjoys evocative writing that remains tight, with each word pulling its weight (Beagle is a particularly good example).
We are a bad fit for books that hinge on explicit sex scenes—your characters can have all the sex you want them to, but we prefer not to follow them into the bedroom.
We focus on helping storytellers get their work reader ready, whether through editing or book design. If you want an editor who is personal, professional, and dedicated to well-crafted writing, drop us a line. If you’re ready to take your manuscript to the next level, to get honest advice about your craft, and to work hard to revise your manuscript, ask us about a sample edit.
But no one wants an editor who only knows things about editing. Beyond my genre preferences, I’m a strong fit for fairy tale retellings, military fiction, and books set in rural or agricultural America (my master’s degree emphasized folklore, I know about military jargon and culture through both personal experience and paid work, and I live in a small farm town).
Other things that might make me unique, although I hope they don’t, are some basic best practices I have:
- I’ll tell you the truth, even if I don’t think you’ll like it (that’s what you pay me for, so anything less is dishonest).
- I’ll strive to give you the tools to improve your writing skills, not only one manuscript (because there’s always another one in the works).
- I’m happy to answer any questions you have about my editing or about publication processes in general.
- A manuscript is written and polished to the best of the author’s ability.
- Author solicits feedback on the manuscript as a whole (this feedback can come from editors, agents, or alpha and beta readers; for editors, this is developmental editing).
- Author revises the manuscript.
- When the manuscript will no longer be revised significantly, the author polishes the prose (at this point, the author may hire an editor for substantive or line editing).
- When all story and prose edits are complete, someone the author trusts copyedits the manuscript.
- When copyedits are all accepted or rejected, the manuscript can be designed and typeset for print and electronic books. (What is typesetting?)
- Typeset text is proofread, preferably by someone who hasn’t read the story before (proofreading checks for egregious language errors and errors in typesetting).
- Proofreading changes are input.
- Book is ready to print or distribute.
So what does that mean for you? It means that you should hire an editor for the stage of the process you are in. Do not hire someone for a copyedit if you aren’t done revising the story—it will be a waste of your money and the editor’s time.
If you are new to this process and aren’t sure where you are in the process, you will probably be best served with one of my manuscript evaluations. I read the entire book and give you feedback on all of it, and you receive a 10% discount on anything* you hire me to do on that manuscript after the evaluation. (*Discount expires one year after I deliver the evaluation letter.)
For editing, with the exception of manuscript evaluations, Looseleaf charges by the hour, not by the page or the word. You can find hourly rates on the editorial rates page. We can fairly accurately estimate costs based on length, but if you want a tight project estimate or cap, ask for a sample edit first.
We charge by the hour because page- or word-based rates have to be averaged: that means writers with clean manuscripts overpay. We’d rather not charge people for time we don’t spend on their manuscript.
*Discount expires one year after we send the evaluation letter.
Each ebook design client (except comic book clients) receive two ebook files: one that is compatible with Amazon/Kindle and one that is compatible with everyone else.
Comic book clients receive a Kindle-ready file with panel-by-panel magnification options so readers can choose the reading style best suited to their screen size and desired experience.