Services

I offer four types of editorial services: assessments and evaluations, hands-on editing, consulting, and workshops.

If you’re not sure what services you need or how an editor can assist you with your project, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m here to help. You may contact me here or email me directly at gray.bevins@gmail.com.

Assessments and Evaluations

Manuscript Assessment + Revision Plan

This service includes a full review of your entire book manuscript, a detailed editorial letter covering all issues of argument, structure, and style that stand between you and a completely effective manuscript, and two (2) video or phone consultations with me: one before I read your materials and one after you receive my editorial letter and assessment.

My feedback, which covers both issues affecting the entire manuscript and issues affecting individual chapters or sections, will provide practical suggestions to help you better connect with potential readers, editors, and reviewers.

The manuscript assessment is appropriate for authors who have a complete draft of their book manuscript (or a dissertation they intend to revise into a book manuscript) at any stage in the contract and review process. The assessment is billed based on the length of your document and typically takes me 3-4 weeks to complete from our agreed start date.

Book Proposal Evaluation

First-time authors (and even experienced ones) can benefit from a fresh set of eyes on their proposals before sending them out to prospective presses. While a great topic and a compelling approach can take you so far with acquiring editors, a polished, persuasive proposal can boost your confidence when it’s time to pitch your book projects.

I help clients clarify and showcase their intellectual contribution, eliminate unnecessary and counterproductive details, identify realistic markets, and present all the required information in a professional manner.

Book proposal evaluations are billed hourly. A book proposal evaluation typically takes me 1-2 weeks to complete from our agreed start date.

Quick Proposal Evaluation

I offer a truncated (and less expensive) version of my full book proposal evaluation service for authors who have a skeleton proposal draft and want to make certain they’re on the right track.

I look over your materials and then, in a one-on-one session, talk you through the proposal’s main strengths and areas for improvement. I also provide you with a checklist you can use as you prepare to submit your work with publishers.

These evaluations carry a flat fee.

Hands-On Editing

Developmental Editing

In a developmental edit, I will analyze your manuscript from the big-picture view down to the details. A developmental edit helps to shape a story by providing you with in-text comments and suggestions about specific passages.

If you’re writing nonfiction, we’ll discuss structure, pacing, argument, thesis, and style. If you’re writing fiction, we’ll discuss elements such as plot, character development, continuity, structure, pacing, and overall impression. Unlike in a manuscript evaluation, a developmental edit will include markup within the manuscript itself, providing you with more detailed direction for revision.

Developmental editing projects take me 4-6 weeks to complete from our agreed start date.

Line Editing

Line editing is what makes writing come alive. I will consider the cadence and rhythm of your writing at the sentence and paragraph level. In a line edit, I will make improvements to pacing, structure, organization, and transitions and do more extensive rewriting and restructuring of sentences and paragraphs than I would in a developmental edit.

In fiction, this level of editing also includes feedback about scene and character details, assistance with character and plot development, and frequent in-text comments about other issues arising in the manuscript.

Line editing projects take me 4-6 weeks to complete from our agreed start date.

Copyediting

In a copyedit, I will take a finer-grained look at your manuscript, cleaning up grammatical, mechanical, and spelling issues and conforming the manuscript to your preferred style guide, such as the Chicago Manual of Style.

For nonfiction projects, copyediting will also include an edit of your documentation—your notes and bibliography or references.

Consulting

Book Proposal Brainstorm Session

No idea where to start when pitching your book project to scholarly presses? Not sure how to come up with target presses or a comps list? Want to talk through your book’s argument or bounce ideas off an objective, experienced listener? My book proposal brainstorm sessions are designed to help you tackle what can feel like a mysterious and daunting process, even if you’re writing your second book.

In the session, you can talk through your proposal draft with me, ask me questions about the publishing process, practice your elevator pitch before meeting with acquiring editors, or bandy about title ideas. I also provide you with a checklist to use as you prepare to submit your work to publishers.

Book proposal brainstorm sessions are charged hourly.

Publication Consulting

I provide consulting by phone and email on various issues that academic authors face during the publishing process. Collaborative consulting work may include:

  • Walking you through the academic book publishing process and planning your strategy
  • Helping you craft a cover letter to an acquiring editor or publishing agent
  • Interpreting readers’ reports and letters from editors in response to your work
  • Making a plan of action for revision based on readers’ reports
  • Crafting responses to readers’ reports to accompany revised submissions
  • Filling out your author questionnaire and marketing questionnaire to submit with your final manuscript, including crafting cover and catalog copy.

Consulting is billed hourly and may be combined with any of the above services.

Workshops

I provide workshops (in person or via Zoom) on freelance editing, on the book acquisitions process, and on best practices in partnering with university presses.

Workshops include:

  • Words, Word Count, and Getting the Word Out: Freelance Editing 101
  • The Art of Acquisitions
  • Your First Book: Working with University Presses 101

I’m happy to tailor a workshop to best address your organization’s needs. Workshops carry a flat fee.