editing & reviews

Viannah E. DuncanIf you’re interested in my services, please email me: vduncan[at]fandm[dot]edu

I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and have more than ten years experience editing academic and creative works. I’d be happy to read over your paper or manuscript. Here’s what I offer.

If you’re considering hiring me as an editor, I will look at (and edit) up to 1000 words for free as a trial run for both of us. You’ll get to see my editing style, and I’ll get to see what kind of editing I can offer you that will best benefit your work. As a writer myself, I know that it’s important to keep the tone and quality of each work consistent with its author.

If we both decide I’d be a good editor for your work, I will charge you based on (the type of editing you’d like me to do for you) x (the length of your work). If you’d like a succinct, overall opinion (2 pages or less) with a few suggestions, my reading fee is $15 per hour.

  1. Proofreading already edited work; $0.006 per word.
  2. Copy editing to fix grammar and punctuation errors, bring out your unique style, and make effective word choices; $0.012 per word.
  3. Line editing to fix errors at the sentence level, rearrange ideas for a smoother flow, and checking paragraphs and/or chapters for internal continuity; $0.015 per word.
  4. Content editing gives suggestions for your work that could change the storyline, characters, or language for your intended audience in order to give the piece a more coherent, internally cohesive flow; $0.018 per word.

I do not fact-check except under very special circumstances. All four types of editing I offer include email correspondence. For an in-person consultation, please email me for a quote.

Your work should be formatted: 12 pt Times New Roman, 1″ margins, double-spaced. Sorry; I will not look at work that isn’t correctly formatted.

I accept Paypal payments, personal checks, and well-concealed cash. Generally speaking, I can return short pieces in a week or less. When you contact me, please let me know about any deadlines you may have so that I can do my best to accommodate you.

I also edit poetry. If you have a collection of poetry that you would like examined by another poet with an educated eye for detail and the big picture, my flat fee is $5.00 per poem (except epic poetry, which I can edit/look over at the rates above). Poetry may be single-spaced; email me if you have any questions.

I love writing reviews; check out my most recent reviews here and here! If you’d like to send me an already-published work to review, please let me know. I would be thrilled to see your work, but unfortunately I can’t promise I’ll give it a positive review. My reviews are honest, and some people might say I’m a tough critic, but don’t let that scare you off. ^_^

I take a particular liking to (well-edited) self-published novels because I know they usually need all the press they can get! If you think you might have something you’d like me to take a crack at, email me and I will let you know where to send your hardcopy. Under certain conditions, I also accept PDFs (ebooks) for review. I do not review works for which I’ve been paid to edit (see above) as it would create a conflict of interest.

Page first published 03 February 2013; updated as needed.

2 thoughts on “editing & reviews

  • Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 08:55:24

    I recently read your review of Anomaly and thought you might prefer my dystopian novel, due to your critique that it was heavy handed with the theology. I’d love an honest review and would be happy to send you a copy of the book. Below is a synopsis. Thanks so much for your time!

    Synopsis: In 2099 the United States is gone. In its place stands the most powerful government the world has ever seen: the Kingdom. Led by King Charles and his Centurion Guard, Americans live in fear of being abducted north in a train marked for death. Deacon Larsen boarded a train three years ago to travel west, the only region where medicine is still taught. But after the Kingdom abducted his parents, he returned home to the South. But Deacon hasn’t come home to put his parent’s affairs in order, as stated in his strictly controlled travel visa. No. He’s come back for the only thing he has left: revenge. But waiting for Deacon are truths he never expected and a decision so impossible he may have to die to make it. The life Deacon knew is gone. The ones Deacon loves are dead. The truth Deacon craves is out there. But can he find it? Centurion is an imaginative retelling of Mark’s gospel as a dystopic thriller. It’s the greatest story ever told, as never before told.

    • Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 20:27:45

      I would love to take a look at your novel, Ryan. Dystopian is my one of my favorite genres; please, send me an email and we can discuss further. Thanks so much. –V


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