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ASPenne Editorial Services

Author A.S. Penne will proofread, copyedit or substantive edit your manuscript for clarity, organization, structure and usage (mechanics) of language.

Manuscript editing rates:

For a general reading of manuscripts the charge is $3.00 page. This fee includes a written summary of feedback to the author based on an overview of the manuscript. It does not include detailed notes on things like spelling, grammar, or comments pertaining to style and/or structure, but it will help the author with decisions about how to proceed with the manuscript from this point.

For a closer read of a manuscript (including specific comments about structure and/or style, problems with spelling and/or grammar, and a more in-depth look at how the manuscript is working), the charge is $5.00 a page. This closer scrutiny of the work means that the hard copy of the manuscript will be marked up (in pencil) and returned along with separate written comments referring to specific areas of concern in the manuscript.

Authors whose work I have edited and/or critiqued are welcome to book an appointment with me to go over these notes and to discuss the manuscript in closer detail if they want. For that kind of work I charge my regular hourly rate of $85.00/hour. I am also able to work to an author's budget by negotiating a contract based on what I believe the manuscript will need in terms of my time and attention.

I try not to charge by the hour for reading manuscripts because, as a general rule, it is better for the author to make use of my expertise by hiring me to do a general read-through of the manuscript followed by a personal appointment (by phone or face-to-face at my studio) to discuss the written feedback. If the author chooses to hire me on a piecemeal basis instead, reading sections at an hourly rate rather than as an entire manuscript, the total cost will likely be more expensive.

I am a member of the Writers Union of Canada, the Federation of BC Writers, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, and the BC Teachers Federation. I have taught writing for twenty-five years and can provide references from both students and clients.

Please feel free to direct any questions you may have to info@aspenne.com.

ASPenne, B.Ed, MFA (Creative Writing)
Author: Old Stones (TouchWood Editions, Horsdal & Schubart, Victoria, 2002)
  Reckoning (Turnstone Press, Winnipeg, 2008).


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