Editing Services & Fees

I'm pleased to offer a variety of editing services for various categories (young adult, new adult, and adult) and genres (contemporary, science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller). I also edit nonfiction, poetry, and academic or professional work. I do not edit romance or erotica. See below for a breakdown of the types of editing I offer, as well as my rates.

All edits are made using Track Changes, so you can approve/reject my proposed edits. If you would prefer a clean copy with all changes accepted instead, please let me know!

I am a professional member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and have extensive publishing experience. References available upon request. See some testimonials at the bottom of the page.


  • Manuscript Evaluation - An affordable way to check in and make sure your book is going where you want it to go. I will do a quick read and offer comments on any obvious issues, recommended steps before publishing, and the market potential.

  • Developmental Editing - By far my most popular service, developmental editing looks at the structure of the story. I will do an in-depth read and provide suggestions for how to strengthen your plot, characters, dialogue, tension, tone, and pacing. Areas that could benefit from changes are identified and discussed.

  • Copy Editing - Often done after any changes made during the developmental phase, copy editing looks at the language rather than the structure of the story. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are checked against CMOS, and any awkward or unclear wording is adjusted.


Contact me for a free three-page sample edit!

Fees are quoted per-project based on a rough estimate of how much work the manuscript will require.

  • A manuscript evaluation costs a flat rate of $75. This is the smallest service you can purchase from me.
  • Copy editing or proofreading costs $20/hour and the average book takes 10 to 20 hours to complete.
  • Developmental editing is more in-depth and requires more specific skills. It is charged at $30/hour and can take anywhere from 20 to 40 hours to complete.

You will always be given a firm quote and estimated timeline before engaging my services.

Payments are due upon completion of the project. In some cases, I may ask for a percentage up front to secure you a space in my schedule. Payment plans are available. For projects over $500, payments may be spread over several months. A 15% fee applies. All payments should be made via PayPal.


I backed myself into a corner with my first self-published book. I felt I overpromised my Kickstarter backers with a timeline I didn’t think I was going to be able to meet. I contacted Briana for her editing services as a desperate effort to find someone who would be willing to edit my book in a crunch. Not only did she agree to edit the book on short notice, she finished editing even sooner than I could have hoped. She was pleasant to work with, her suggestions helped more than I could have imagined, and I plan on going back to her for her services with all my releases.
— R. H. Swaney
Briana’s editing service has been invaluable in my writing. She provides insightful, thoughtful analysis and critiques of works, from early stage developmental editing through to copy edits and final tidy ups. I’ve shared many works with Briana for review and it’s clear that she takes the time to read and reflect on the story, understanding the emotive purpose and message in each. She’s also fast, fun and great to work with.
— Paul Alex Gray
Briana is the first freelance editor I’ve ever hired, and her feedback was everything I could have wanted and more. Her questions and comments helped me to think more deeply about my plot and characters than I had before, while being respectful and encouraging of my personal voice. Her feedback was organized, sensitive, and just what my story needed. I’m very grateful for her support and would gladly work with her again.
— Carly Racklin
I’ve worked with Briana twice now and she was a pleasure to work with both times. Her comments help me improve my drafts, make me smile, and are encouraging! I’ll definitely be back in the future.
— Sarina Langer