services/rates & word count

Amy is offering developmental edits and editorial assessments for
.015/per word or .020/per word for a rush job (rush = 1 week). Pay is 1/2 upfront, 1/2 on completion. If you need light proofreading/copy editing, Amy will do it for $30/hr due upon completion and she is also offering a brainstorming session for the flat fee of $20 due upfront.

If having Amy read a full, she will read the first 50 pages of your revised book for free, anything after will cost.

Amy realizes this is an investment and therefore can work with you regarding payment, if need be.

(Amy will read a partial too if it’s 50 pages or more… .020/per word)


What is developmental editing?

What is an editorial assessment?

What is proofreading?

What is copy editing?

Word count from Chuck Sambuchino/Writers Digest

Between 80,000 and 89,999 words is a good range you should be aiming for. This is a 100% safe range for literary, mainstream, women’s, romance, mystery, suspense, thriller and horror. Anything in this word count won’t scare off any agent anywhere. Chick lit falls into this realm, but chick lit books tend to be a bit shorter and faster. 70-75K is not bad at all. Science fiction and fantasy are the big exceptions because these categories tend to run long… With these genres, I would say 100,000 – 115,000 is an excellent range.

Middle grade is from 20,000 – 55,000, depending on the subject matter and age range, and the word count of these books has been trending up in recent years.

With upper middle grade, you can aim for 40,000 – 55,000 words. (These are books that resemble young adult in matter and storytelling, but still tend to stick to MG themes and avoid hot-button, YA-acceptable themes such as sex, drugs and rock & roll.)

YA is the one category where word count is very flexible. For starters, 55,000 – 79,999 is a great range.

In short:
80,000 – 89,999: Totally cool
90,000 – 99,999: Generally safe
70,000 – 79,999: Might be too short; probably all right
100,000 – 109,999: Might be too long; probably all right
Below 70,000: Too short
110,000 or above: Too long

(We cannot count on being the exception; we must count on being the rule. That’s the best way to give yourself your best shot at succeeding.)