PROOFREADING

$ 0.002
/WORD
  • A final set of eyes after line and copy editing. For publish ready manuscripts.
  • Check for spelling and punctuation errors
  • Chicago Manual of Style

    If your manuscript requires copyediting, you will be charged at the higher rate. Proofreading is meant to be a final typo check.

COPYEDITING

$ 0.003
/WORD
  • After Line Editing
  • Check for spelling and punctuation errors
  • Address comma splices, misused words, verb tense, overused and crutch words
  • Chicago Manual of Style

LINE EDITING

$ .004
/WORD
  • Edit by line for style, flow, and verb tense
  • Edit to increase tension, chemistry, enhance setting, strengthen chapter endings and beginnings
  • Basic plot review. Editor will notate any major inconsistencies, and/or potential need for sensitivity review
  • Edit for overused and crutch words
  • Audit pacing

BETA READING

$ .003
/word
  • In line comments detailing emotional reactions to story
  • Notate slow pacing, confusion/skepticism with plot holes and/or character motivations
  • Identify unfulfilled Reader Promises
  • Notate weakness in Romance ARC, if applicable
  • Identify dangling plot threads
  • Additional email (or IM/DM) support provided. Ask any questions regarding comments. 30 minute Zoom conference is available, if desired.

lOOK INSIDE "DNF" BETA READING

$ 50
/up to 8,000 words
  • .007/word for samples over 8,000 words
  • Beta Read laser focused on the first 10% of a manuscript
  • Identify potential DNF point (and notate why)
  • Address slow pacing, lack of emotional engagement, lackluster or missing Meet Cute, weak GMC and uninspiring characters
  • Identify weak/missing conflict and tension
  • Unlike in a traditional Beta Read, Comments will be accompanied by suggestion to address identified issue

GHOSTWRITING

$ 0.045
/WORD (SPRING 2023 RATE)
  • Limited quarterly slots available
  • Will deliver a publish ready manuscript
  • Up to 3 minor revision requests. (If you pay me for exports, you can request revisions as I write.) I will not revise based on feedback that is not addressed by the plot/character sheets. I will not revise more than 10% of the final word count. The final draft is your legal copy. You have 1 week from delivery to request revisions.
  • FREE Custom Blurb included
  • FREE Custom plot included
  • Have a plot? Great! I'll assess it for GMC & Romance ARC, if applicable, and make any needed revisions/suggestions before starting work

BUDGET GHOSTWRITING

$ 0.035
/WORD (SPRING 2023 RATE)
  • Limited quarterly slots available
  • Will deliver a publish ready manuscript
  • FREE Custom Blurb included
  • I WILL WRITE YOU A STORY TO YOUR GENRE AND HEAT LEVEL SPECIFICATIONS. YOU ARE WILLING TO TAKE THE FIRST DRAFT OF WHATEVER I GIVE YOU, SHAKE MY HAND, AND WALK AWAY. (YOU'LL BE BACK. BET YA CAN'T BOOK JUST ONE.)

    YOU MAY ALSO PROVIDE A PLOT.

    NO REVISIONS
    PAY AS I GO AVAILABLE


    NEVER HIRED A GHOST BEFORE? STEPS:

    1. BOOK (Feel free to email/IM to chat with any questions prior to booking.)

    2. COMPLETE THE INTAKE FORM. (We may need to chat/email further to discuss your needs. I'm high Communication!)

    3. SEND ME A WORK FOR HIRE CONTRACT. (If you are giving me a co-author credit, it is still Work for Hire.)

    4. PAY DEPOSIT
    Until the deposit is paid, all Bookings are theoretical. If you need time to get a contract/intake form done, you can request I invoice you to secure your booking. Deposits are not refundable, but can be applied to other services.

MICRO GHOSTWRITING

$ .005
/WORD
  • Ghostwriting for sex scenes, epilogues, or any other work needed, up to 3,000 words





REVERSE OUTLINE

$ .006
WORD
  • Avoid Market Research!
  • Editor will read Bestseller or Popular Book of client's choice and compile a chapter-by-chapter summary of story
  • Includes Character list
  • Identify major plot points
  • Specific information is distilled to theme, trope, and universal fantasy to prevent accidental copycatting, and to provide a reusable plot template.
  • Approx 200 words per chapter summary

CUSTOM BOOK CONCEPT

$ 150
/DOLLARS
  • Will develop, using the Snowflake Method, a story summary that includes, Goal, Motivation, Conflict, Objection to Love, Character Wound for 2 Protags & 1 Antag and 3 Try/Fail cycles.
  • Collaboration is welcome, if desired

STARTER WORLD BIBLE

$ .005
/WORD
  • During a full read of manuscript will compile a concordance of Characters, Places, Objects of Power, Magic Systems, Cultures, etc

BLURB

$ 100
/DOLLARS
  • Will research market trends for Top 25 books in target niche and craft a compelling blurb
  • Includes 3 revisions
  • ADD ON: Add Blurb to any Editing service for $75

rESEARCH

$ 25
/HOUR
  • Compile a 1 page summary on research topic of client's choice

aDD ON: QUOTE EXTRACTION

$ 5
/QUOTE
  • Add on to any editing service
  • Will identify and extract sizzling quotes ideal for marketing and social media sharing
  • Includes light editing to enhance quote for optimal social media/marketing presentation

    Quote Graphics $5/Quote

THE HELL EDIT PACKAGE

$ .0076
/WORD
  • An unhinged, raw, and unprotected Beta Read WITH suggestions, followed by—hoping you took the Harpy’s advice—a potentially* brutal Line Edit with "Tweaking"** of your finished draft, because not only did you ask for it, but you paid for it, too.

    This package includes additional email/IM support and/or a Zoom consult, if desired. Edited by The Harpy.
  • **Tweaking: Up to 2,000 New Words during the line edit to address weaknesses in plot, characterization, romance arc, etc.
    NEW WORDS over 2K will be charged at Micro Ghosting rates. So, if you require 3K NWs, you'll be charged for 1K at .05/word
  • *This service is not suited for individuals sensitive to blunt feedback or wanting only a light touch on their manuscript. That said, Harpy does not edit for the sake of editing. If your prose is to her satisfaction, she may adjust your rate accordingly.

    EXAMPLE SAVINGS FOR 50K MANUSCRIPT: 

     

    ALA CARTE PRICING: $450

    2K NEW WORDS MICRO GHOSTING $100

    BETA READ $150

    LINE EDIT $200

     

    HELL EDIT PACKAGE FOR 50K: $380

COVER DESIGN

The Harpy is a self-taught dabbler who loves a good excuse to open Photoshop. She can create you a serviceable budget cover. Gallery is example of her current skill set.

All custom covers include full wrap, A+ content, and up to 3 revisions.

CHOOSE YOUR EDITOR

EMMA

Constructive, positive, will hold your hand and phrase feedback in the blandest, sweetest tone possible without sacrificing the honesty of the feedback.

THE HARPY

Yeah. You need no B.S., sneering, professional feedback from someone who doesn’t care about your feelings and will tell you in blistering detail exactly what you did to make her DNF your weak manuscript, and how to fix it so you aren’t wasting her time in future. Cause bidness is bidness, bae. You’re tired of people blowing smoke up your sensitive a— *Emma takes the keyboard away from Harpy*

AVAILABILITY

FAQ

8,000 words per business day for Proofreads. 5,000-8,000 words per business day for all other services. LAST MINUTE bookings are possible based on availability.

1,000 sample edit available upon request

Please email/IM to discuss the project (if it isn’t a genre I read and thoroughly understand, I won’t waste your money.

 

harpyedits@gmail.com or Emma Alisyn on FB/Discord. Personal profile, not Page. Or DD.

 

In general, I will consider projects in genres I enjoy reading, and I require a complete plot which includes Character Sheets, Romance ARC if applicable, Story Problem ARC, Resolution.

 

If I must provide a plot, it will be a $300 surcharge, paid upfront. Anything your plot doesn’t address I will make up, and I will not revise. If it is something major, I will email you first, however.

 

TURNAROUND: Is 1,500 words/business day. I include content and line editing. I will deliver you a manuscript fit to publish as is, barring a final proofread. 


REVISIONS: I don’t do revision requests once a plot is approved, or if you provide the plot AND I have addressed every plot point.

 

I only take one ghost client at a time.


PAYMENT: You can chose to pay me as I go and I will export the chapters every 25% (this is also your best bet to ask for minor revisions. I don’t mind doing it as I’m drafting) or you can deposit 25% down and pay the balance before delivery.

 

If payment is not made in full within 2 business days, I retain rights to the book and will publish it myself, and you forfeit the deposit. (If you had a major unexpected life event, I will apply your deposit to a future project, but I’m still taking the book.) If Something Unexpected Occurred, I may consider a Payment Plan on a case by case basis. But no delivery until payment in full.

 


SAMPLES: I don’t write any differently for my clients than I write for myself, other than to attempt to match your voice, if desired. For samples, see my most recent release.

 


COMMUNICATION: I’m on FB, Zoom, Discord, etc. I don’t mind if my clients hunt me down. If I’m avoiding people—I frequently do, because I should be writing—give me 24 hours to respond.

 


OTHER STUFF: I would love if you’d consider including me as your ‘co-author’ for the project and I would be happy to help you market it, but this isn’t required. This also depends on the quality of your cover. By co-author, I mean slap my name on the cover. You retain rights.

I’m Emma Alisyn, 42 yo mom of five and full time indie author. I began with academic ghostwriting, started self-publishing erotica in 2014 and then went on to write full-length fantasy romance, pnr, sci fi romance, regency romance, MM/MPREG pnr, and contemporary romance. I have published over 100 titles.

 

I have a M.Ed. in Special Education, a B.S. in Secondary Education and coursework in Instructional Design. I’m a life long avid whale reader of romance, and epic fantasy as well as a Trekkie. My non-fiction interests are in health/wellness, mom/family life, crafts and business

 

As you’ve probably realized, I’m pretty informal. That’s the plus side of working for myself. I don’t have to talk in Corporate. I have an obsessive work ethic, though, and I value my reputation. (Don’t believe anything They tell you.) I hang out in various Discords and I have a Zoom room if you’d like to meet. I look forward to working with you!

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