If you’re searching for book editors in San Diego, the following list of individuals and organizations has been compiled especially for you.
A young, yet successful author and freelance editor, Stephanie Diaz produced her first novel at the age of just 19. Since then, she has immersed herself in the world of books and literature working as an intern for a literary agency, writing several book series, and working closely with aspiring authors to help them perfect their manuscripts and get them ready for publication. Clients have praised Stephanie’s editing work, citing her keen eye for character development, plot and overarching theme. Her meticulousness and ability to go through a manuscript ironing out errors and making sure everything flows as it should is one of her biggest strengths as an editor.
Having been through the process of writing a book numerous times, Stephanie is in a great position to provide clear insight on where you could improve your manuscript, and how you can polish it so it’s ready to send for publication. So how exactly can Stephanie help you achieve this? Through manuscript critiques, book coaching and straightforward editing services such as proofreading and line edits. Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript, Stephanie will help you bring it all together for maximum effect, as well as cleaning up the grammar and syntax of the writing. The genres she is most adept at editing are sci-fi and fantasy, mainly focusing on manuscripts aimed at young adults, but she will take on some adult fiction and non-fiction works too.
The pricing Stephanie offers depending on the editing service or package you are looking for. For example, a submission critique package – which includes the first 50 pages and your query letter to publishers – you can expect to pay a flat fee of $225. However, if you are looking for a full manuscript critique, then you are looking at either 1.2 cents per word for developmental editing, or 1.4 cents per word for line editing.
With 25 years of experience in the writing industry, Deborah Halverson has put her editing skills to the test with a whole host of authors, ranging from beginners to bestsellers. Working as an editor at Harcourt Children’s Books, Deborah is also a critically acclaimed, and even award-winning author. Establishing hit website DearEditor, in which she takes on aspiring editors’ questions and queries, Deborah is a highly accomplished editor and one of the best in the San Diego area. All of this makes Deborah a fantastic option when it comes to deciding which editor you want to hire to have the best chance of publication, and future success with your writing.
With a proven track record of helping aspiring authors turn their manuscripts into something worthy of publication, Deborah offers many editorial services to potential clients. Whether it’s substantive, developmental, or line editing that you’re after, Deborah can help. Targeting a number of key elements regarding the success of a manuscript, Deborah will look to clarify narrative voice, improve the pacing of the writing and help you find the right word choice when appropriate, among many other things.
As for rates, Deborah charges $125 per hour for all three of the aforementioned types of editing. If you’re on the fence about contracting her services, then you can send her an e-mail. Provide your word count, a general synopsis and some other information about the manuscript for a free estimate regarding the time it will take and how she can help you.
In 1979, a number of writers and editors from the San Diego area got together and established the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, with the aim of helping aspiring writers and editors in the community achieve success in their respective fields. The group hosts regular meetings in the area, and has a wealth of resources available, meant to inspire and encourage others trying to make it in the writing profession. By becoming a member of the website, you will not only have access to the aforementioned resources, but you will also receive their weekly newsletter and be able to use their manuscript review service.
Although you have to become a member to benefit from the editing services of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, your manuscript will be looked over by a team of three reviewers. These three selected reviewers will assess your first three pages, and if they are satisfied with the level of writing, will then evaluate up to 30 pages of your manuscript. As well as receiving written notes, the rating you receive following this review will determine how likely your manuscript is to be accepted. Covering both fiction and non-fiction, the Guild will fill out an evaluation form for the manuscript and within 30 days you will have your writing.
Regarding rates, as previously mentioned you will need to purchase a membership to the guild first (by following the earlier link), and then you can expect to pay a simple $20 fee for the submission.
An association of professional writers, editors and proofreaders, the San Diego Professional Editors Network gives you access to a large number of qualified editors more than capable of helping you with your manuscript. Claiming to adopt the point of view of the reader, the association aims to help you improve your writing work through myriad editing services. Covering not only manuscripts, the association also takes on brochures, presentations, resumes and more.
Boasting a large database of editors based locally with convenient filters to make sure you can match with the right person, you are sure to find the right editor for the job. Whatever the type of editing you seek, from substantive to developmental, you’ll be able to find someone who specializes in that area and is able to work with you on your manuscript.
The rates depend on the individual you choose to hire for the job, and you will have to become a member of the association for an annual fee of $65.
Hiten Vyas is the Founder and Managing Editor of Writing Tips Oasis.