Pam Halter
Writing Editing Serving

Editor

 

An outside perspective is always important when preparing a manuscript. In my editing services, I will read your children’s or middle grade manuscript, checking for errors, giving suggestions & objective feedback. I don't guarantee acceptance, but my goal is to help you make your manuscript the best it can be so your chances for acceptance increase. And if you are self-publishing, you'll know your story will be stronger.

Picture Book and Board Book prices:

$125 per book for 1,000 words and under. And that includes a second look after rewriting within 2 months.

$175 per book for 1,000 – 1,500 words. This also includes a second look after rewriting within 2 months.

I’m hesitant to accept picture books over 1,500 words since most publishing houses want picture books to be between 700-800 words. I realize, however, every story is different. I’ll consider children's stories over 1,500 words on a case-by-case basis.

Chapter Books and Middle Grade Fiction: $10.00 a page. Additional looks get a discount. If you have a YA manuscript, we’ll talk about what you need before I accept the job.

All publishers are not created equal, and some hold to a higher editing standard than others. That is why getting your manuscript as tight and well-written before submission is so important. Whether you plan to self-publish your story or are looking for a traditional publisher, it is absolutely vital you have a manuscript you can submit with confidence, knowing you have given your work every opportunity for success.

Editing increases the chances of acceptance, engages kids' interest, and gives you credibility as an author. I've been doing free-lance editing work since 2005 and my clients like to refer to it as being "pam-handled." I am ruthless with my notes and observations, only wanting the very best for each story. I realize it's scary to have a stranger look at your "baby" and take it apart, but the benefits of an unbiased eye are worth the investment. My goal in editing is to help writers put out a better quality book. Whether you are self-publishing or seeking a traditional publisher, you want your manuscript to be as strong and tight as you can get it. Some of my clients have gone on to win awards (see my endorsement page).

What you will receive from my editing services:

 The editing process can be startling if you’ve never been through it before. It requires a thick skin and knowing the editor only wants the best for your story. It requires trust. It requires work. Usually, an editor does not rewrite your story. No one sounds like you, so if someone else were to rewrite your story, it would not sound the same. As your editor, I’ll do all the above, but to keep the story uniquely yours, you’ll do the actual rewriting.