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 heavy poetry or academic writing. I will let you know beforehand if I have had experience in your chosen genre. For nonfiction, you must do your own fact checking. I adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition and Merriam-Webster. All clients are required to sign an agreement and pay 40% of the estimated total up front.

Note: I will be limiting my bookings from January through March 2017 and will not be accepting freelance/client work again until August, as I'll be on maternity leave. If you're a new client and interested in booking a critique before March or after July, please be in touch. I will take copy editing/proofreading jobs on a case-by-base basis if you're a returning client.


  • 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) ($1.25 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.
  • Summary/book blurb support ($20)
    • will provide notes for revision of back cover copy/online description
    • will proofread upon completion of revision, no extra charge
    • will not create blurb from scratch; client must send a workable draft
  • Copy editing and proofreading are available upon request for previous clients. If we got along well with the critique or a past project and you'd like to bring me on for those services, too, just let me know and we'll work something out. 

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


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. If you are looking for a quote on a service that is not listed, send me an email and we can discuss. 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.

Please Note:

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.