What Makes Dream Raven Editing Special?
Focus on Independent Authors and Publishers
Traditionally published and self-published authors face different challenges when preparing to get their books in front of readers.
Many authors choose the additional work and expense of self-publishing because they want to retain complete control over their work. If you are one of those authors, it may be particularly hard to hand your manuscript over to an editor.
As an editor who specializes in editing services for independent authors, I am an advisor, not a dictator of what your book should be. I am here to listen to and address your concerns. I will point out potential pitfalls and suggest routes around them, but it is your book and always your decision whether or not to implement suggested changes.
Preserving Voice and Style
My goal as an editor is to help your manuscript look its best while preserving your voice and style. My focus is not only on correcting grammar and clarifying the text but on doing so in a way that is true to your voice.
A surprising amount of grammar is not black and white. I have always been passionate about language and have studied the rules long enough to know which are critical, which are flexible, and which are suggestions that can be bent or broken for the sake of style.
Your book is a manifestation of your creative vision. While I can do a manuscript evaluation and recommend a classic path forward, you are the one taking the creative and financial risk with your book.
If you feel strongly about your book’s unconventional structure, I can focus only on grammar and phrasing. If you want help with the content while keeping your quirky word choices, I’m always happy to edit accordingly.
I’m here to help your manuscript shine within the spectrum of your vision.
Many editors will tell you what type of editing would benefit your book in a perfect world, but as an independent publisher, you likely have a limited editing budget. I can help you find the balance between what your manuscript needs and what is right for your budget.
Upfront Pricing and Flexible Payment Options
The rate calculators on my website give the final cost, not an estimate, so you can price out different editing options at your convenience. My rates are based on word count rather than an hourly rate, so you know the full final cost going into a project and don’t have to worry about any surprises.
The invoicing for my edits is usually broken down into three payments, and if you are on a tight budget, I am always happy to copyedit books in sections—even as little as one chapter at a time.
I love talking with authors, so don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the editing process.