Choose from the bundles and services below to find the right fit for your current project. If you aren’t sure what each type of editing includes, check out this editorial services comparison chart; to see how Looseleaf rates compare with competitors, check out this chart. If you need to ask any questions or you want to request a service, please use this contact form. Remember that Looseleaf always provides a free sample edit on up to 1,500 words so you can have a customized estimate for your project.
Evaluation on Your First 50 Pages: $125
This is a mini manuscript evaluation. You receive a detailed letter explaining strong and weak points in plot, character, tone, dialogue, etc. Recurring grammatical issues will be pointed out, but not corrected.
Manuscript Evaluation: $500 for up to 100K words
A manuscript evaluation is a review of your completed manuscript. You’ll receive a detailed letter explaining strong and weak points in plot, character, tone, argument, etc. Recurring grammatical issues will be pointed out, but not corrected. (Evaluations are also available for longer manuscripts.)
A copyedit is recommended for manuscripts that haven’t previously been edited professionally. Everything is edited for grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, consistency, and adherence to your chosen citation format.
Line Editing: $0.03/word
A substantive edit covers everything included in a copyedit and also includes editing for organization and logical flow. A substantive edit usually involves multiple revisions and more editor–author interaction.
Developmental Editing: $0.06/word
A developmental edit involves multiple editorial passes and a lot of editor–author interaction to hone and develop your plot or argument, tone, characterization, etc. The initial per-word rate includes two passes. The second editorial pass comes after the author makes revisions based on the first pass.
A proofread is designed for final-version text that has already been copyedited and formatted. It is the final read-through that catches last-minute errors and items that you, the author, would change yourself if you had your attention drawn to them. This is for pieces that are on the verge of printing or electronic distribution.
Submission Package Consultation: $30/hour
Receive all the help you need to polish your elevator pitch, query letter, synopsis, and sample chapters. You’ll get multiple passes and a lot of editor–author interaction.
Indexing: $5.50/indexed page
Looseleaf indexes only select projects in specific genres. Contact us for more information.
*When you bundle multiple editorial passes together, your final proofread will be performed by a trusted subcontractor to ensure you have fresh eyes on your final product.
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Brandon Sanderson, NYT-bestselling author of the Stormlight Archive
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Brian McClellan, author of the Powder Mage series
“Assembling a novel is akin to fitting ten thousand pieces of an intricate jigsaw puzzle together. Through several iterations of my manuscript, Kristy has been relentless in showing me where pieces were in the wrong place, were starved for elaboration, or belonged in an entirely different puzzle. The day I began working with Kristy was a fortunate day. I don’t want to imagine what my project would look like without her.”
Ron Felt, literary fiction writer
“Kristy is a joy and a pleasure to work with. She works quickly and efficiently with steep deadlines, and has an eye for detail that has helped me tremendously. She’s very dedicated to her work and treated my manuscript professionally, offering great critique and overall edits. I highly recommend her.”
Charlie N. Holmberg, Wall Street Journal bestseller
“Thank you very much. This [manuscript evaluation] is exactly what I need. You’ll likely hear from me again when it’s time for me to rework my query letter. Your help is invaluable. […] My novel has improved by leaps and bounds thanks to you.”
Ryan Williams, YA fantasy writer