Work With Me

Hey! I’m Marla. It’s nice to meet you! Like you, I am a writer. Being a full-time author has always been my dream. That’s why I earned my BA in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. But that was only the first step in my author journey. I may have learned to write, edit, and critique with the best of ’em, but putting that knowledge to use in the real world is an entirely different sort of trip.

My debut novel, The Other Lane releases July 10th, 2018, and I am so pumped that I am finally living my dream that I want to help you get there too.

Editing is a service every writer needs in their journey to becoming and author. Whether you are self-publishing or submitting to agents, you want your manuscript to have that extra sparkle and shine. No matter what stage you’re at, I can help you on your way to your next one.

If you’re just starting out, I can help you refine your story through:

  • Beta Reading – to get you pointed in the right direction
  • Manuscript Critique – to set you on solid footing with a pack full of writerly provisions
  • Developmental Editing – to give you a lift halfway to your destination

If you’re almost ready to publish or submit, I can help by:

  • Copy Editing – A sentence level check for grammar, style, consistency and flow. You’ve almost reached your destination.
  • Proofreading – Your last stop on the way to publish town. I will check for typos and other small inconsistencies.

I know what you’re thinking, that all sounds great. But how much money are we talkin’? Below you’ll find the breakdown of exactly what services are included when you sign up.

Beta Reading – $150 for up to 100,000 words

  • I will read your manuscript and provide you with a 2-page professional critique on where your story could be stronger, which characters need work, and my overall takeaway from your novel
  • BONUS! You will get my in-the-moment, immediate, in doc comments on your story
    • Turn around time is typically 1 to 2 weeks after scheduled start date

 

Manuscript Critique – $400 for up to 100,000 words

  • I will read your manuscript and provide you with a full report on not just where your story could use work, but how to strengthen your story structure and improve your character development
  • You will get in doc comments as well as feedback on what works and what doesn’t
  • BONUS! You will get 1 30-minute Virtual Coffee Date with me to chat about your novel and where you want to go from here! (To be used within two weeks after you receive your edits)
    • Turn around is typically 2-3 weeks from scheduled start date

Developmental Editing – $.03/word

(Note: This is the most complete edit I offer, and also my favorite to do!)

  • I will read and edit your entire manuscript, including in doc comments, edits, and suggestions
  • Track changes will show you every change I make from rewrites to comma splices
  • I will give you a full report on not just where your story could use work, but how to strengthen your story structure and improve your character development based on the changes I have already suggested
  • You will have unlimited email access to me for one month after your completed manuscript to ask questions or bounce ideas off my brain
  • BONUS! – You will get 2 30-Minute Virtual Coffee Dates with me to chat about your novel and where you want to go from here! (To be cashed in whenever you want during the edit process and for up to one month afterward)
    • Turn around is 4-6 weeks after scheduled start date

Copy Editing – $.01/word

  • I will check your manuscript for flow and consistency while editing for style, spelling, grammar, and sentence structure, as well as make suggestions on dialog and story structure if needed
    • Turn around is usually 2-3 weeks after scheduled start date

Proofreading – $1/page (250 words equals 1 page)

  • I will check your finished manuscript for sentence level errors and other small inconsistencies so your manuscript is ready to publish or submit
    • Turn around is usually 1-2 weeks after scheduled start date

 

Add-Ons

  • Virtual Coffee Date – $49/half-hour
    • Feel like you need more time to chat? I’m all ears. I love talking about writing! You can schedule an Skype session with me anytime
      • (Note, this option is only available if you have already purchased editing services.)

 

To start working with me today, please fill out form the below. Give me a small summary of your story and how many words it is, and I’ll get back to you with a quote withing 24-hours. Hurry! My calendar fills up fast!

50% cost due up front, 50% upon completion of the project. Billed via PayPal.