Before You Choose...

  • Writer's Rebirth uses The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • All files must be compatible with Microsoft Word.
  • If you requested a Developmental Edit, DO NOT request a Line Edit for the SAME book unless you asked for a Long-Term Edit.
  • You have 2 editing options: one-round (1R) and long-term (LT). 1R refers to a one-time service, whereas LT refers to a 3, 6 or 12 month multi-edit service. Be sure you request the correct one.

After You've Committed...

  • Be open-minded.
  • Take feedback seriously.
  • Be prompt with all revisions and payments.
  • Always ask for clarification if you need it.
  • Respect your Editor's schedule.


Editing Services

A Story Critique is a focused, streamlined literary analysis of the elements of your story and nothing else. It is not an Edit, so your document will not be returned.

Story Critiques are the only service Writer’s Rebirth offers that will analyze incomplete fiction manuscripts.

OPTIONS

½ Manuscript Critique: Must have a completed first half of your manuscript and either a summary or an outline explaining your plans for the remainder of your manuscript. Best for the writer who has a solid grasp of the beginning and part of the middle of their manuscript but is struggling with the rest.

¾ Manuscript Critique: Must have a completed manuscript with either a pieced together ending, or a detailed summary/outline for the ending. Best for the writer who has a nearly complete manuscript, but is unsure of, concerned about, or lost regarding the ending.

Full Manuscript Critique: Must have a completed manuscript that has gone through revisions at least once. Best for the writer who a) wants a professional opinion on only certain elements, b) can not look at their story objectively, c) is not sure which service the manuscript needs.

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Critique Example



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A Developmental Edit focuses on the story: the plot, pacing and characters. It ignores grammar issues, spelling troubles, and story structure.

Commentary can feature advice on:

  • Voice/Style
  • Character Arcs
  • Age/Heat Appropriateness
  • Believable Character Behavior
  • Confusing Elements
  • Plot Holes
  • Pacing Issues
  • Inconsistency
  • Conflict Issues
  • Omission Opportunities

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Developmental Edit Sample


For an additional fee of $20 the commentary can also feature Reader-Oriented Opinions or ROOs. These are comments solely focused on your Editor’s experience as a Reader. They are the honest responses that come to mind as your Editor reads your story for the 1st time. If your writer-skin is not very thick yet, it is best to avoid Reader-Oriented Opinions. While showing respect to the writer is paramount, such commentary can be quite blunt and unintentionally harsh. ROOs are not for everyone.


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Sample With ROO commentary.


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A Line Edit focuses on the flow of your words and legibility of your story. Since the purpose of the Line Edit is to improve the presentation of your story, many elements are addressed.

A Line Edit can also focus on:

  • Overused words/phrases
  • Too many adverbs
  • Awkward sentence composition
  • Awkward dialogue
  • Confusing word choice
  • A lack/abundance of description
  • Sentence patterns
  • Author crutches
  • Issues in tone stemming from words choice, not inconsistent tonality
  • Anything else that hinders your prose

Line Edits feature extensive notes within the body of the manuscript and only the occasional commentary.

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Line Edit Sample

Writer’s Rebirth recommends that you receive a Developmental Edit before asking for a Line Edit. If there are any significant developmental issues with your prose at the time of the Line Edit, the Editor will not perform a Line Edit on those sections as they will not be considered complete. After you have revised the sections, you may resubmit your manuscript for a partial Line Edit for an additional charge.

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Proofreading is the perfecting of your prose for publication. It makes sure that all errors in the copy have been fixed and catches the ones that slipped through.Your manuscript must be on its final draft before you can request a Proofread. If any significant developmental or line edit issues pull the Proofreader out of the process, they will be documented each time. More than 10 significant issues that have not been addressed prior to the Proofread will result in the rejection of your manuscript until those issues have been resolved.


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Proofreading Sample


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Packages

All Packages are for Long-term Edits only.

RECOMMENDED FOR STORIES THAT CANNOT ANSWER THE 5Ws (WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY, WHEN) EASILY

First-time authors--independent or otherwise--this is the package for you.

  • 1 ¾ or Full Manuscript Critique
  • 2 Developmental Edits, done in rounds
  • 2 ROOs, done in rounds Optional
  • 1 Line Edit
  • 1 Proofread

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RECOMMENDED FOR STORIES WITH PLOT ISSUES

If you have a couple books under your belt but your latest manuscript is not coming together, this is the package for you.

  • 1 FREE Full Manuscript Critique
  • 1 Developmental Edit
  • 1 ROO Optional
  • 1 Line Edit
  • 1 Proofread

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RECOMMENDED FOR STORIES WITH CHARACTER ISSUES

Has your manuscript made you cry, pull out your hair, snap at your spouse? This is the package for you.

  • 2 Developmental Edits, done in rounds
  • 2 ROOs, done in rounds
  • 1 Line Edit
  • 1 Proofread

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RECOMMENDED FOR STORIES THAT NEED TO BE BURNED DOWN AND RECREATED

You’ve finished your book…and you HATE it. Or you’ve finished your book…and your editor/agent HATES it. This is the sanity-saving package for you.

  • 1 Full Manuscript Critique
  • 3 to 5 Developmental Edits, done in rounds
  • 3 to 5 ROOs, done in rounds
  • 1 Line Edit
  • 1 Proofread

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