Don’t know where to start? Don’t know if you need developmental editing, copy editing, or proofreading? Do you need an opinion on your story that tells you more than “It’s good,” or “I like it,” or “I don’t understand.”
Then you need a manuscript evaluation.
While this service is generally cheaper than my developmental or copy editing services (depending on manuscript length), what you are paying for is my time and expertise as a professional editor. I will read your entire manuscript and give you a detailed report on strengths and weaknesses covering the same issues provided in my editing services but without marking up your manuscript. I will give you my opinion whether or not you need developmental or copy editing, or if it is polished enough for a final proofread. This can save you time and money in the long run.
Opting for my evaluation service is not contingent upon your hiring me as your editor. As with all opinions, you are free to get a second, third—or fortieth. You can use the information in my evaluation that suits you and work with another editor if you wish.
What you will receive is my professional opinion, and as such, if you are not ready (or unwilling) to hear an honest, careful critique of your work, you may want to reconsider publishing. You need a thick skin to be a published author. Would you rather get any bad news now, in private, when it can be corrected…or publish and let readers give your work a bad review…on a public platform?
I never want to discourage anyone from publishing their work, but I will discourage someone from publishing their work too soon if more editing is needed. As an author, your name is your reputation, so make it a good one.