Services and Fees

SissyAll edits except the new Second Catty Opinion are completed using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes, some cat hair, and coffee.

The Paw: .0025 cents a word (minimum $25 / 10,000 words)
Proofreading is a final pass that checks for glitches, mechanical errors, obvious typos, homonym mayhem, that sort of thing. Manuscripts to be proofread should be almost ready for their big debut. I will not be verifying that you have consistently applied a personal style sheet. That’s copyediting. If you purchase proofreading services and I believe the manuscript is in need of copyediting (IE if there are several significant grammar errors per page), I will give you the option of an upgrade, or we can high five and part ways.

The Claw: .005 cents a word (minimum $50 / 10,000 words)
Copyediting. Some proofreading is included, but Meankitty Editing copyedits focus on clarity, grammar and mechanics, sentence structure, vibrant language, delicious commas, word echoes, and development of and consistency in your personal style sheet. Infrequently, I may mention plot, characterization, and worldbuilding tweaks as they touch on discussions of copyediting matters. This service is primarily about the words already on the page.

wallymotomeanThe Fang: .01 cents a word (minimum $100 / 10,000 words)
Line Editing with Some Content Editing. This is where I roll around in the manuscript as if I am your critique partner. I almost instantly become irreverent, snarky, overly familiar, and inclined to fist-bump you at random intervals. This service is not for the delicate of ego or nearly-there manuscript. We can work on worldbuilding, characterization and motivation, glossaries/story bibles, plot coherency, dialogue to narrative balance, theme, pacing, de-infodumping, and so on, with some attention paid to copyediting matters. The Fang does not take the place of a proofread. The Fang might result in large revisions. There is no need to spit shine your language if you’re going to rearrange your book. If I read your book and believe I can’t offer you sufficient Fang, you can decide if you want to downgrade to Claws or Paws. I can, at that point, include the irreverence and snark for free.

NEW! The Catty Second Opinion: $25 for up to 50,000 words and $50 for 50,001+. Be a beta tester of our new service! These prices will not last! My sister Carrie Torres is well-read in genre fiction (romance, sf/f, women’s fiction, YA, middle grade), has a Master of Science in Geography with a concentration in Environmental Education, and has offered to “get my back” and beta read for me after several asks came through that I didn’t have the time to fulfill. Carrie will read your book and provide a one page or so “second opinion” that focuses on a few elements chosen by the author. Service takes roughly 1-2 weeks. Carrie is a genre fiction reader and NOT a writer/editor hybrid like myself, so her feedback will be from YOUR TARGET MARKET.

The Random Hairball: .0005 cents a word (minimum $10 / maximum $50)
I will format your book in a very, very simple way that seems to work for my books when uploading digitally to Amazon or Smashwords. I can also teach you how, using Microsoft Word. It’s so easy an English major can do it! When purchased with proofreading, a Hairball for any length of manuscript is only $10!

WITH ALL SERVICES: I will not pressure you to stick with my offerings if I can’t provide the service you originally wanted. At all times, I will be honest with you and let you know if my skills mesh with your story. If I don’t think I can help you, whether based on your writing style, your genre, or your content, I will let you know as soon as possible. As long as I’ve only completed a sample edit for you (up to a chapter), I will refund any money paid for standard services.

However, if I have completed partial edits for you, and at that time you decide I’m not the editor for you, please be aware I will only offer you a partial refund.

Find out more about Services & Fees, Getting on the Schedule, Free Sample Edits, and Answers to Sometimes Asked Questions!