Proofread: double-check of your spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Your manuscript should be “clean” before you submit it for proofreading. This stage is the vital last inspection before you send your book out into the world.
Proofreading: $120-$250 for 40,000-70,000 word manuscript
Copy Edit: check of grammar, punctuation, clarity, unnecessary words, awkward sentence structure, point of view, passive language etc. This is the nitty gritty level.
Copy editing: $200-$350 for 40,000-70,000 word manuscript
Fact checking is the author’s job. I’ll assume the author has done his/her research.
Megan offers a complimentary sample copy edit or proofread of five pages or roughly 1,250 words. Let’s see how you work together!
Comprehensive Edit: In the big picture stage, she addresses plot, setting, characterization, flow, consistency, clarity, and other large-scale problems. It’s not a line/copy edit. A sample would consist of a full chapter or roughly 5,000 words; terms to be decided with client for both the sample and the full.
Turnaround time depends on your needs and her schedule, but most work is completed within two weeks. All work is confidential.
For more information or a quote on longer/shorter projects, email Megan at MKBooksEditing @ gmail.com.
I’ve used MK Books Editing for an entire series and another project. Her edits have strengthened me as a writer. She is thorough and her suggestions are concise and respectful of author voice and style.
–Stephanie J. Scott, All Last Summer, winner of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project YA award
Megan Kelly’s expert guidance as an editor helped me to find more depth and clarity in my manuscript. My story is coming to life in ways that I hadn’t imagined. I love that her edits honor my unique literary voice while challenging me to grow and think outside the box. I felt supported at every stage of the editing process. As a new writer, I was a bit nervous to do this work, but Megan took the time to explain why she was making certain suggestions. Her efforts kept me in the driver’s seat and her attention to detail propelled my writing skills to the next level. Working with Megan left me feeling empowered and capable to continue sharing my stories with the world.
Megan at MK Books Editing is my go-to editor for comprehensive editing and copy editing. She pushes my writing to the next level, and I can always depend on her honest and well-thought-out suggestions. It takes a team to write a great book, and I’m glad to have Megan on my team.
–Kizzie Waller, Lost Souls ParaAgency Series
Megan Kelly did an amazing job with my book, Devil May Care. It’s in the middle of a series and she jumped in with both feet. She did a comprehensive edit with attention to detail. In addition to proofreading, she helped me with timelines, character voice, and many other excellent suggestions. I will be utilizing her skills for future Four Horsemen books!
–Cynthia Rayne, Devil May Care
Megan Kelly is an excellent and sharp-eyed proofreader. Her help in preparing several of my novels for reissue was invaluable. I appreciate her efficiency and precision in helping me make available to the reader the best and most readable books possible.
–Elizabeth Grayson, award-winning author of the Women’s West series
Megan Kelly is an excellent writer herself. She is an expert who knows good writing. Whether your manuscript needs help in composition, grammar or spelling, plot, character or style, you can trust her to hone in on your problem areas in your work and make them stronger. She will work with you to give you a salable manuscript. With great skill, she shaped and polished my latest work of fiction. I trust Megan with everything I write. She’s the best.
–Carol Carson, Uneasy in New Orleans
After working with my traditional editors, I was impressed with the freelance content editing I received from Megan at MK Books Editing on my soon-to-be-released Wild Hearts, Book One of the Castleview series. Not only did she help me work through goal and motivation problems, she was able to help me with grammar and sentence structure issues.
–Lynn Collins, (aka Lynn Cahoon NYT Bestselling author of the Tourist Trap Mysteries and Cat Latimer series) Wild Hearts, Book One in the Castleview series