What makes people read your work book after book? Reader loyalty, which leads to word-of-mouth marketing. As a writer, you want to capture the attention of your readers and compel them to read your books every time you release a new one. Their commitment is based on how satisfied they are with your work. Did you meet or exceed their expectations? Did you endear yourself to them? How do you do that? Let me help.
My editing and critiquing will go beyond standard edits (though those are included!) to getting into your readers’ heads. Let’s work together to unravel the mystery of reader psychology. It’s all about the reader!
I’ve served as an acquisitions editor for a Christian publisher and seen lots of fiction submissions. I am a thorough, detail-oriented person, and I bring that to my editing. I have a deep understanding of story as I’ve read, written, and studied the craft of writing for over two decades. My editing and critiquing services (see below) will offer you insight into where your project’s strengths and weaknesses lie. Also, obtaining a critique allows you to go back and edit the manuscript with new insights and strategies.
Or, maybe you’re in one of those writerly moments when you need a quick question answered. I’ve added a new service for you! (see below)
Read on for testimonials from authors, writers, and publishers I’ve helped, service information, and rates.
Have you submitted your writing to editors or agents and received rejections? Perhaps you’re unsure why. (Not all editors will give a reason for rejections.) As an acquisitions editor, I’ve seen plenty of submissions. Let me help you. I’ll review your first twenty pages and one-page synopsis and tell you where your strengths and weaknesses are, while also providing line edits to demonstrate my in-depth analysis. This service is particularly helpful if you’ve ever received rejections without explanations; and/or you know something is missing, but need some outside objectivity; or you’re gearing up to submit your proposal to an agent, editor, or contest.
Copy editing, proofreading, or substantive editing, including grammar, spelling, and standard formatting (typesetting not included). For substantive edit, I will analyze your manuscript’s content, helping with logic and flow. If fiction, I’ll offer appropriate suggestions regarding pacing, characterization, genre elements, etc. I prefer to work with electronic copies, but will consider hard copy manuscripts. (Client pays printing/mailing costs if this method is preferred.)
Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re writing away and need a quick answer regarding grammar, or flow, or writing rules? Perhaps you have to write to Chicago Manual of Style specifications, but you don’t own a copy. Wouldn’t it be great to go to a trusted editor, pay a small fee, and have your question answered? Let me help. I’ll also look at half-pages or full pages, for a larger fee.
Rates and Purchase Options
You have two options for payment: 1) you may begin by contacting me via e-mail, and I can invoice you via PayPal or e-mail; or 2) you may choose the PayPal “Buy Now” button on this page and choose the service you’d like to use. Please follow up with an e-mail and your Quick Help Question and/or project information.
For a fee of $100, I’ll evaluate the first twenty pages of your manuscript, including line edits and analysis of what’s working and what’s not working with your story. I’ll offer suggestions to help raise your writing to the next level.
All rates require correctly formatted pages: double spaced, one-inch margins on each side, Times New Roman 12-point font.
$7.00 / page general rate
$9.50 / page rush-job rate
Sample edits are available with a $100 deposit. I’ll spend an hour with the project and make line edits, offer tips, and give input regarding grammar, story structure, characterization, etc. If you decide to move ahead with an edit of the full manuscript, the remainder of the deposit will be deducted from the total.
For a fee of $5.00, I offer answers to quick grammar questions, or help wording a sentence.
Payment is due in advance and can be made via check or PayPal.
About the Editor
Award-winning author Annette M. Irby has been writing fiction and non-fiction for well over twenty years. She has critiqued or edited for Susan May Warren, Tricia Goyer, Summerside Press, Guideposts, and others. She worked for several years in acquisitions. Her novels, novellas, and short stories are available on Amazon. Her story was first in Chicken Soup Celebrates Mothers and Daughters (2007). A member of ACFW, she is an active book reviewer. See her author website here. She enjoys working with clients. Remaining current with the CBA marketplace, she specializes in Christian fiction.