Editing Services

17/5/2018: Please note I have limited space for critiquing services at present as I am busy with other paid work and my thesis, however, I do have some space available so you are still welcome to send a query. I only ask that you be patient if I am late getting back to you or if I am unable to take on your project due to my own schedule.

For all queries please email elspeth.lamorte@gmail.com with the subject line Editing Query, and include in the body of the email a brief (two or three sentences at most) description of the project, including the word count and the type of editing treatment you are looking for.

My Qualifications

I have a completed Bachelor of Arts with a major in literature, and a partially completed Masters by Research which is a non-traditional thesis degree containing a creative writing component. My beta-reading experience has covered novels, short stories, poetry, and academic essays. My own writing is available for view on this website, and I read on average 300 books per year of multiple genres and target audiences, as well as reading into the science of the craft on my own time.

Accepted Work
I will critique young adult fiction of any genre, as well as speculative fiction for any target audience with a particular focus on fantasy though I will accept science-fiction of most sub-genres.

None of the services that I offer include sensitivity reading, though I highly recommend you seek out multiple people who can give you accurate sensitivity readings on your work and am happy to recommend the names of people whom I use.

Prices & Types of Critique
I offer three types of editing;

For a standard edit I’ll read your complete or partial manuscript and return with a single page critique that addresses the weaknesses and strengths that I have noted in your work. For this tier I charge $10 per 10k with a minimum of 10k words and a surcharge of $2 for every 10k over 100k (making the first 100k words $10 every 10k and subsequent 10k blocks $12).

Line Edit
For this tier, I will do a line by line edit of your manuscript using track change as well as providing the one-page critique described in the above tier. The price for this tier is $25 per 20k words for a novel, and $20 for completed stories under 20k.

Short Stories
I charge $25 per short story (under 10k) which includes both a single page critique and a line by line edit. Get in contact for a quote if you are only interested in one or the other of these services.

All payment can be made through direct deposit or PayPal with an initial deposit of 50%. These services are operated under an Australian Business Number however international clients are welcome. English language works only, thank you.