Manuscript Critique 

This service offers an overall critique of the manuscript, including plot, story, writing style, character development, and other basic elements of fiction-writing craft. Feedback consists mainly of written evaluation and suggestions for improvement of these areas. Recommended for early drafts of a manuscript.

$2 per page.

Line Edit

This service offers a line-by-line edit of plot and character development, writing voice, point of view, specific wording choice, and other structural and craft elements. This edit is also recommended for earlier drafts of a manuscript with the expectation that significant rewriting and revision will follow, which would make close attention to grammatical errors pointless.

$4 per page.

Combination Edit

This service combines the Line Edit and Copy Edit. The potential downside to a combination edit is that the line edit typically is done with the expectation that there will be some revision to follow (after implementing the edits to plot and character development, etc.), so the client potentially is not getting a copy edit of the final material. This is only recommended for manuscripts that are already very polished.

$6 per page.

Not sure which edit is right for you? Request a sample edit!
A sample edit of five pages of your manuscript includes the following for $20:

  • Overall critique of the manuscript, including plot, story, writing style, character development, and other basic elements of fiction-writing craft. Feedback consists mainly of written evaluation and suggestions for improvement of these areas.

  • Substantive line edit of plot and character development, writing voice, point of view, and specific word choice.

  • Line-by-line grammatical correction with suggestions for improving clarity, omitting wordiness, and redundancy, and strengthening dialogue.

 

Copy Edit

This service offers line-by-line grammatical correction and is intended for later manuscript drafts that are ready to submit for publication. This service is useful for presentation of a “clean” manuscript to an agent or publishing house. In addition to correcting actual grammatical errors, the editor will also make suggestions for improving clarity, omitting wordiness and redundancy, and strengthening dialogue.

$5 per page.

 

Copy Edit

This service offers line-by-line grammatical correction of existing documents, articles, proposals, and newsletters. The editor will also make suggestions for improving clarity of message and omitting wordiness. (Note: non-manuscript formats such as posters, PowerPoint presentations, etc. are billed in quarter-hour increments instead of by page.)

$5 per page

Content Writing

This service offers original content creation based upon the client's preferences and purpose. Examples include blog posts, interviews, and articles. The billing rate will be calculated based upon length, the topic's complexity, and the author's familiarity with the topic.

Rate dependent upon project specs

Stephanie Ricker has a bachelor's degree in English and more than six years of professional editing experience. An international best-selling author herself, she has provided fiction editing services for manuscripts ranging from hard-boiled detective novels to Christian romances. She has worked with a wide variety of style guides, and her nonfiction editing experience includes everything from biotechnology and pharmaceutical sales training materials to software development articles. She has been a feature content writer for the Association Executives of North Carolina and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, among other clients.
Stephanie Ricker, editor, writer, editing services, copyediting, proofreading, Cendrillon Cycle
 
"Stephanie is a fantastic editor, not only because she knows the ins and outs of the language, but also because she knows how to relate well to her clients. Writers enjoy working with her, benefiting both from her expertise and her talent for communicating that expertise in an approachable manner. I am always quick to recommend her to any aspiring novelists."
Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Award-winning novelist
“Stephanie Ricker has been a vital asset to our organization since 2010. Her positive attitude, strong editing skills, and expertise have allowed us to increase the quality and value of our quarterly newsletter, marketing materials, and official correspondence to employers and partner organizations. She helps us to clarify our message to all recipients.”
Christine Johnson
Director of Communications, Cardiovascular Credentialing International
“I had served as the editor of our state academy’s professional newsletter, and our organization decided to employ a company to help us on a part-time basis with getting a quality newsletter produced in a timely manner. Ms. Stephanie Ricker served as a copy editor, coming up with wonderful ideas for new items, and writing with a high level of proficiency. She was a quick study, and learned about our profession by performing in-depth research on the issues involved. Stephanie was very organized, and kept us on track for all of the deadlines. Her attention to detail assisted us and was facilitiative to our need for someone to drive the timelines. She gave us gentle reminders, with perfect timing, such that our job was accomplished efficiently and smoothly.”
Suzanne Reich, PA-C, MPAS
Associate Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine

 "I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie on four fairy tale retellings.  Each story grew progressively better because of her advice.  As a blind individual, I greatly appreciated her willingness to discuss the way sighted individuals see.  These discussions enabled me to revise certain scenes in order to make them more plausible to a sighted reader. Most importantly, Stephanie’s candor in pointing out illogical inconsistencies in plot and character was a tremendous help. ...If you are seeking honest feedback and encouragement, Stephanie is an editor who will not disappoint.  I look forward to working with her again in the future."

Meredith Burton

Novelist

 
 

Interested?

Email stephaniemricker@gmail.com with your questions.

Not sure which edit is right for you? Request a sample edit!
A sample edit of five pages of your manuscript includes the following for $20:

  • Overall critique of the manuscript, including plot, story, writing style, character development, and other basic elements of fiction-writing craft. Feedback consists mainly of written evaluation and suggestions for improvement of these areas.

  • Substantive line edit of plot and character development, writing voice, point of view, and specific word choice.

  • Line-by-line grammatical correction with suggestions for improving clarity, omitting wordiness, and redundancy, and strengthening dialogue.