A FIRST REVIEW OF YOUR STORY
You have been writing your for thousands of hours, editing for a couple of thousands more. Now what? It is time to hire a science fiction editor, or fantasy editor, for an Editorial Assessment!
What Is An Editorial Assessment?
The Editorial Assessment is the first overview of your manuscript by a professional editor. It analyzes fundamental aspects of your manuscript, uncovers the main issues it faces, and offers insightful, in-depth solutions to each of them.
Why hire a science fiction/Fantasy Editor?
Each manuscript has its own set of challenges: structure, plot, character development, language, viewpoint… For a science fiction manuscript, or a fantasy story, some elements such as the World Building and the Stakes are crucial. Therefore, it is important to hire a science fiction editor/fantasy editor who understands the rules of the genre and will be able to make informed suggestions.
What questions does an editorial Assessment answer?
What Does an editorial assessment Look Like?
The Editorial Assessment is a separate document from the manuscript — meaning the manuscript is not being annotated at this stage. The document is divided into different sections (Plot, Structure, Dialogues…)
Which areas will a science fiction/Fantasy Editorial Assessment cover?
A science fiction Editorial Assessment, like a fantasy Editorial Assessment, will have specific sections such as World Building, Stakes, and Rules of the World. Moreover, I will discuss in detail how to show instead of tell (also know as incluing/infodumping/, a storytelling device that is quite important in science fiction and fantasy.
What do you do differently? What are your strengths?
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Click on the images below to see the first few pages of a science fiction Editorial Assessment!
Science fiction/Fantasy Editorial Assessment: Pricing Plan
- Weekly updates
- Detailed feedback
- 10 to 15-page Assessment
Most asked questions
It really depends. Once you send me a sample of your manuscript, I will be able to give you a proper estimate. On average, I ask for four weeks for 80,000 words. It might seem like a lot but I like to work at a balanced pace: I want to be at the best of my focus every day I work on your story to make sure I serve it right. After a few hours, the mind always starts to wander and I have learned with the years to recognize that moment in the day when I am not as efficient anymore.
Yes! Once I start working, I like to send weekly updates to let you know what is going on and to share a few thoughts about the story.
Unfortunately, no. I must be working with the final version of the manuscript.
Between $0,014 and $0,016 per word. I will be able to give you an exact price once I have seen a sample of the manuscript and once I have the exact word count.
If you rush too quickly to a Developmental Edit, you won’t have built strong foundations for your story. The goal of the science fiction Editorial Assessment, or fantasy Editorial Assessment is to find anything that might have consequential ramifications on the whole story and that should be fixed or improved before going into more details. For example, imagine that a rule of your world turns out to be feeble or not believable enough. Your whole setting could be crumbling!
Let’s imagine that you go directly for a Developmental Edit. Your editor will be spending a lot of time trying to fix issues that haven’t been addressed yet and that are too major to be fixed line by line — they need to be revamped. That takes time and can affect so many areas of your story. Plus, if on your editor’s recommendations you end up removing a character, or entire scenes (decisions that should be taken and implemented before an editor starts working on your manuscript line by line), then there will be whole pages that she will have annotated that will just disappear — that’s a lot of time and money that will be going to waste.
Oh yes! From the first page to the last one, and several times at that.
Generally, around 10 to 15 pages.
Please do! I am always happy to brainstorm ideas, to advise you if you need my help, and to witness the evolution of your story. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
Note that you can also find me on Reedsy.