Professional Editing Services

Susan Brower Editorial

Freelance Services

After twenty-five years working for a major Inspirational publishing and marketing. It is my mission to help writers become published authors in both the Mainstream and Inspirational markets. My expertise is in fiction; almost any genre. However, I probably would not be interested in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Erotica, or novels with extensive graphic violence or horror. I have edited novels by New York Times best-selling authors Karen Kingsbury, Terri Blackstock, Stephen L. Carter, and Tim LaHaye. For more information on my experience, please click the Resume tab.

How can I help you?

Story Development

Manuscript Evaluation

Developmental/Content Edit

Contest Critique

The services I offer are listed above, but we will always start with a pre-agreement phone conversation to determine a clear set of expectations. I will then send you a contract outlining the scope of your edit, deadlines, and fees. On flat-rate projects, I require a down payment equal to half of the total fee due, to be submitted with the manuscript.  With hourly consultations, I will invoice immediately upon completion of the consultation, with payment due within ten days. All payments are to be made via PayPal.  Click the "Contact" tab to set up an appointment.

Have you run into a brick wall with a plot that is not working or characters who are not behaving themselves? It could be helpful to bounce possible solutions off someone.  We will work on getting you out of the corner you have written yourself into or we can work on ideas for new stories or series.

Hourly Rate: $50 per hour

You've written a novel. Is it ready for publication? Or does it need a major editorial overhaul? I will read your entire manuscript and provide general feedback on next steps. I will also critique plot, themes, and character development. If the next step for us is a developmental/content edit, that fee will be included in a negotiated overall flat rate. 

Minimum fee to read manuscript: $175-$250 (based on number of pages)

Hourly Rate: $50 per hour 

A developmental/content edit is a detailed look at the entire manuscript, considering plot, characters, timeline, setting, and theme.  I will make recommendations regarding organization, gaps, character motivation, and consistency in voice, among other things. I will provide a five-to-six page summary report that will highlight action steps. I will also return the manuscript with specific comments and recommendations written within the text via "Comments" and "Tracking." You will know exactly where I have concerns with the writing.  We will follow up with a phone consultation to clarify your questions. Following your revisions, I will do a final read and short critique.

Note: While some wording and grammar will be corrected, this review does not replace copy editing or proof reading.

Flat Fee:  $2,000-$3,000 (based on number of pages)

You have to get and keep the attention of a judge with just the first few pages of your manuscript to make it stand out in a contest.  I will review your synopsis and first three chapters in preparation for contest entries.

Flat Fee: $100