Editorial Services


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Whether you are a first-time writer or a seasoned author (self-published or traditional), editing is essential before your product hits the market.

KM Editorial, LLC provides a wide range of editorial services from developmental edits to proofreading. We have a fantastic team of editors ready to work with you! *All developmental work is completed by Katie McCoach. Copyediting and proofreading is completed by a vetted team of editors.

Let’s create your best story!

Below are the services we offer, along with rates. Rates range based on the level of work required and expectations of the client. In order to properly quote a rate for your project, we will request a sample of 1,000 words.

Ready to develop your best story? Fill out the form on the right!

We look forward to working with you!

Developmental Edit:

This includes an Editorial Review, plus annotations on the manuscript.

The editorial review is a 5-15 page, single-spaced in-depth critique of the book. This is a big picture look at the characters, plot, structure, pace, genre/audience, and writing mechanics. It addresses the strengths of the manuscript, as well as the areas that could use improvement and suggestions for taking it to the next level.

Included with this will be annotations (comments) on the manuscript that point out inconsistencies, provide suggestions for structure, characters, etc. These comments are brief, but they are meant to provide additional insight to go along with the Editorial Review. This does not include line-editing.

2-4-week turnaround. 30 minutes of post-communication via email or phone is included.

Rate: $.017 a word and up ($750 minimum.)

Substantive/Line Edit:

This is a content line edit. It involves using Word’s Track Changes and Comments feature by noting character motivations, inconsistencies, sentence wording, clarity, tightening the manuscript by cutting pieces that are unnecessary, noting areas that need expanding, developing POV and voice, implementing devices such as Show Don’t Tell, and more.

This involves a light edit of spelling errors, punctuation, typos, etc., however the focus is the content.

3-6-week turnaround. 30 minutes of post-communication via email or phone is included.

*Substantive/line editing only takes place after a developmental edit.

Rate: $.018–$.024 a word for 50,000 words and up. 

Hourly Coaching:

Need feedback on your query letter or cover copy?

Looking to brainstorm suggestions for your book outline?

Interested in feedback/edits on the first few pages to see how you can begin applying your own edits?

Katie can help with all of this at an hourly rate. Coaching can take place via email or phone. We can craft a system that works best for you.

Must be purchased in bundles. 

3 hours = $500

5 hours = $800

10 hours = $1,500

Reread report:

This is for folks who’ve completed developmental work with Katie. These services likely lead to revisions on your end, and wouldn’t it be nice to know if your changes helped the story? You can have your story reread and you’ll receive up to two pages of notes in return. You can reorder this service up to two times.

This is read-based only, no edits are performed.

Rate: $.005 a word for 50,000 words and up. 

Copyediting and Proofreading:

We have qualified copy-editors on our team who provide light, medium, or heavy copy-edits. These edits focus on grammar, spelling, typos, punctuation, basic fact-checking, clarity, proper tense usage, consistency, and making sure the copy conforms to Chicago Manual of Style.

Copyediting: $.018—$.024 a word for 50,000 words and up. 

Proofreading: $.011—$.013 a word for 50,000 words and up. 

Final Pass Review:

This is a “cold read” of the final formatted manuscript, usually in a Kindle (mobi) eBook file. An editor will read the eBook version and mark down (in a separate document) a list of formatting, spelling, or punctuation errors that appear with the exact location/page number. This a great last check before it’s in readers’ hands.

This should not be confused with Proofreading (and proofreading should not be skipped).

Rate: $.005 a word for 50,000 words and up.

Have a manuscript under 30k words? Contact Katie for a quote. 

Types of manuscripts we work with:

Fiction: YA, NA, and Adult only.

Genres: contemporary, romance, erotica, fantasy, science fiction, women’s fiction, suspense, literary & upmarket fiction, thriller, mystery, paranormal.

Nonfiction: creative nonfiction, memoir, self-help.

If you are not sure if your work is something we edit, contact Katie and we can discuss the project. If it is not for us, we may be able to refer you to someone more suited for the job.

Before we begin any work together, we will discuss expectations.

We accept Credit Cards via Stripe, checks by mail, and e-checks via PayPal. Holding deposits must be placed via check by mail or PayPal e-check. 

All quotes are in USD. Quotes are honored for 90 days. Nonrefundable holding deposits of $150 per project lock in the rate for up to one year. 

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