Editorial Services

If you're looking for an editor to help you develop your book manuscript (fiction or nonfiction, traditional or self-pub), I may be able to help!

I am open to all categories and genres, though I admittedly won't be much help with any poetry or academic writing. I will let you know beforehand if I have had experience in your chosen genre. I do not offer developmental/content edits for every client because I am not an expert in all content areas and am not pretending to be; if we've worked together in the past and I am confidently familiar with your genre, we can discuss this option. For nonfiction, you must do your own fact checking. I adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition and Merriam-Webster. All clients are required to sign an agreement and pay 40% of the estimated total up front to hold their slots.

Note: Turnaround time is at least one month, depending on the word/page count. Rush rates are available for those that require a quicker turnaround. Please inquire about this to learn more.

As of 4/9/2019: If you want to book for this summer, please query me soon. Limited spots are available.

  • Manuscript critique

    • applicable to fiction and nonfiction

    • no edits, but will provide an editorial letter and in-line comments

    • Full manuscript (more than 100 pages) ($1.30 per page)

    • Partial manuscript

      • First chapter (0.005 per word)

      • First 50 pages ($50)

      • First 100 pages ($100)

    • Picture book authors, please ask me for a quote. Rate is dependent on whether MS is text-only or has sketches/illustrations.

  • Summary/book blurb support ($35)

    • will provide notes for revision of back cover copy/online description

    • will proofread upon completion of client revision, no extra charge

    • will not create blurb from scratch; client must send a workable draft

  • Line editing, copy editing, and proofreading are available upon request for previous clients, clients with promotional codes, or giveaway winners. If we got along well with the critique or a past project and you'd like to bring me on for those services, too, line editing is $0.01 per word, copy editing is $0.009 per word, and proofreading is $0.008 per word.



  • Critique prices based on manuscripts following publishing industry standards: 12-point, Times New Roman font and double-spaced with 1-inch margins.

  • All communication will take place online. No phone calls, Skype calls, or in-person meetings.

  • This is very important: I will NOT work with your piece if it is already under contract with a publisher (no matter which publisher). No exceptions. Also, if I work with you on a freelance basis, it is understood that I am doing so as a freelancer and not a representative of my publishing house. Working with you does not mean I will review your manuscript for consideration/publication, acquire your project, or offer you a contract with my house.

How to Book Services:

If you have questions about what any of these services entail or would like a quote, if you don't know what you want/need, or if you'd like to chat about a project, please send me an email at nicolefrailedits [at] gmail [dot] com  or fill out the form below. If you are looking for a quote on a service that is not listed, we can discuss it. Please allow me up to forty-eight hours to respond. I will request an overview of the project and will determine if I am the right person to help you.

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