Freelance Editorial Services

Please see ChimeraEditing.com for price information.

 

Email me here if I haven’t covered the information you need.

Please include Genre, Age range of title, a blurb (think back cover copy) and time period you’d be interested in booking. Please try to book at least two months in advance if you can.

I do NOT charge a reading fee.

All prices are in US dollars and must be paid half in advance, half upon completion. (Unless you live in my country, then I charge in our dollars.)


Please Note: All prices unless otherwise indicated are for a single pass through your manuscript.

Diversity and Authenticity editing (formerly known as sensitivity reading):

$350/manuscript up to 150k words or prearranged barter. If you can’t afford the fees, please contact me and we can try to work something out.

This service is available in any of the following areas, or a combination of them all.

Pansexuality
Demi-sexuality
Grey-aromanticism
Polyamorous lifestyle and relationships
BDSM lifestyle (SSC and RACK styles)
Asperger’s/autism (I’m autistic and so is my partner)
Parenting autistic kids (Both of ours are)
ADHD
Chronic illness/pain (I have several chronic pain or illness conditions. Fibromyalgia, traumatic injury, EDS, POTS, MCAS)
Childhood abuse survivor
Mixed race
Ex-pat living (US citizen living abroad)
Immigrant existence
Historical re-enactment
Working in a laboratory
Anthropological practices
Forensic scene call-outs
Surviving rape or sexual assault
Being raised very poor
Alcoholic parents
Narcotics addicted parents
Gaslighting parents
Being trans
Being queer
Loss of family due to being queer
Found family
Depression
Anxiety
Self-harm
Several mental illnesses, ask if you’re not sure if I can do a particular one.

Non-Fiction: 

$2500.00 per full-length user’s manual, technical manual, guidebook etc up to 500 pages, longer works are acceptable but we’ll have to base the cost on the length. I’ve worked for Fortune 500 companies (Text book publishing and then Mapping Software) where I’ve worked on these types of projects before. I have a minor in English Lit/Creative writing and I’m willing to work with any subject matter except math above trigonometry.

Fiction: 

Fiction Age Category I work with: Adult. I’ll consider extremely dark YA on a case by case basis. I will work with charming middle grade and picture books as well.

Genres I work with:

Cross-overs
Romance: Historical, Futuristic, Fantasy, Select Contemporary (case by case).
Historical Fiction
Thriller
True Crime
Fantasy (Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Magical Realism, High Fantasy)
Erotic Romance
Erotica
Science Fiction (hard or soft, but I’m a scientist by training so work well with hard)
Gamelit & LitRPG (I’m willing to work with harem, but only well written harem please).

I am absolutely NOT a good fit for Inspirational/Christian centered concepts or for graphic domestic violence stories involving female abuse.

Query Critique and Query Edit

5$ for a Critique (no recommended changes, just whether or not I’d ask for the book.)

10$ for an Edit (I’ll go through it with a fine-toothed comb and suggest changes.)

I do this as a living, and will critique your query based on several factors. Structure of the query, copy editing, developmental edit and if I as a previous acquisitions editor would want to read more of the book, which is the point of the query. To get an agent/editor interested in reading your book.

Synopsis Critique:

$10 for 1-2 pages,
$20 for 3-5.

I will critique your synopsis based on several factors. Structure, copy editing, developmental edit, and if I would want to buy the book, which is the point of the synopsis. To tell an agent what happens in your book so they can get an idea of marketability.

Twitter Pitch Critique:

$20

Up to 12 twitter pitch critiques.

Contest Bundle Critique:

$30

Critique of your Blurb, first page, query letter and pitch.

First and Last Chapter Critique:

$50

Your first chapter hooks your reader and makes them want to continue reading your book. The last clinches the story and makes the reader happy they read the book. In the case of series books it makes them want to read the next one.

First 50 Pages/First three Chapter Critique:

$300

This is the most common partial request you’ll get from an agent. I will copy edit your first three chapters up to 20k words.

Developmental Editing:

Cost: $700<50k words

$760 <60k

$820 <70k

$880<80k

$940<90k

$1000<100k

$1060 <110k

$1120<120k

Please contact for pricing of longer manuscripts.

This is in-depth editing that covers everything from character arc, plot arc, pacing, and pointing out weak sentences and suggestions for rewrites. If I see plot holes, I’ll point them out. If I see issues with detail, I’ll not only point it out, but if I know how to fix it, I’ll tell you that. 

Average turn around time on this service is 6 weeks to 3 months, so budget time accordingly.

Copy Editing:

$300<20k

$380 <30k

$460 <40k

$540 <50k

$620 <60k

$700 <70k

$780 <80k

$860 <90k

$940 <100k

$1020<110k

+$80 per additional<10k

This includes the detail work of a proof read as well as:

  • significant character inconsistencies

  • plot holes

  • sentence flow

  • structural suggestions, etc

I am a dedicated copy and proof editor, this means I have memorized the Chicago Manual of Style, have a subscription to CMoS online, and work from the most recent printed style guide. I can also correct to MLA and APA standards.

I can correct to American English, Canadian English, and British English, I’m also close to fluent in French, read Spanish and Latin.

Proof Reading:

Cost: 
$200<20k

$260<30k

$320<40k

$380<50k

$500<60k

$560<70k

$620<80k

$680<90k

$740<100k
$800<110k

+$60 per additional<10k

This is ONLY detail work. A strict proof read includes the following:

  • consistency errors

  • missing or misused words

  • incorrect or missing punctuation

I’m autistic, and one of the ways that expresses in my brain is an inability to ignore mistakes in text. So my proof, line, and copy reading skills are EXCELLENT.

Beta Reading:

$100/Manuscript up to 500 pages. (or prearranged barter). 

This is a basic level read, is the story cohesive and enjoyable. Low-level line edits and diversity coaching (meaning I’ll let you know if I catch anything, but won’t be looking for it.)

Edit as you go:

Developmental editing service for your WIP. It’s where you can send me a chapter or three at a time for a response. Monthly and yearly rates available. Please submit query via email.


About Me:

Kaija Rayne

I am a traditionally published author run away from trad pub forever. I got sick of the abuse. I’m a professional editor (it’s my day job) and a diversity and authenticity editor.

I have a Master’s in Education (major World History) and a B.A. in Biophysical anthropology and Forensics chemistry with minors in English Literature and Creative Writing.

I’m good at this stuff. My skills are excellent with the following;

Characterization
Sex scenes that sizzle
Accurate BDSM writing
Continuity
World Building
Pointing out where you can ground your scenes/make things realistic

My critique partners have told me my suggestions are gold.


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