Copyediting for Short Stories, Novelettes, and Novellas

You’ve spent months working on your science fiction or fantasy story, novelette, or novella. Your worldbuilding is deep, your characters are compelling, and your plot is tight. You’ve read and re-read the story. Your beta readers love it. It’s ready to a market isn’t it? It’s ready to self-publish, right?

Not quite.

Every manuscript needs a copyedit. When you’re sending a story to a magazine market or contest, you want to make the best professional impression possible. When you’re self-publishing, you also want readers to see you as a professional writer. Copyediting is the answer.

I offer copyediting for fantasy and science fiction across all subgenres. Why so specific? A copyeditor who specializes in the genre understands how complex worldbuilding, magic systems, and speculative science work in fiction, and how to present them on the page through words, punctuation, paragraph breaks, and grammar.

Fantasy and science fiction stories are intricate. There will be contradictions, failures in continuity, and other mistakes in your manuscript no matter how many times you’ve read it. Another set of experienced eyes will help locate those mistakes. An editor outside the genre may need more time and more conversations with you.

Here is a sample before and after giving you an idea of my editing style.

I will also provide a free, one-page copy-edit so you can decide if my style is right for you.

Copyediting comes in two categories: Light and Heavy.

A Light Copy-edit may be just what you need when submitting to agents or markets. When a publisher accepts your work, they usually have another copy-edit performed after completing any revisions.

Light Copy-edit pricing starts at $0.0055 per word.

A Heavy Copy-edit is what I recommend for self-publishing. You want to ensure every paragraph and sentence are as clear to the reader as they can be.

Pricing for a Heavy Copy-edit starts at $0.0075 per word.

Each work is unique and the level of editing needed varies. Contact me at for a quote.

I’m a member of ACES, the American Copy Editors Society.

I follow the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines for fiction.