Joel Palmer edited all three of my short stories and he did a great job. He caught the simple wording/grammar errors, but also noted plot issues and possible points of confusion. He charged me $112.50 to edit about 15,000 words, which comes to about $7.50 per 1,000 words. That’s a really good deal! Joel said my stories were in pretty good editorial shape to begin with, so he was able to shoot through it quickly. He charges $25/hour for editing, so his final fee varies based on how clean your manuscript is. He usually averages about 1,250 words per hour.
Before editing, my first short story, Angel, weighed in at 4,742 words. After I incorporated Joel’s edits, it came to 4,709 words. I agreed with virtually all of Joel’s edits, probably around 98%. He also noted three areas of confusion in his comments, which I made changes to address.
So you can see the effects of editing, I’ve uploaded all three versions of the first story. The pre-edit writer draft, the edited version with Joel’s revisions left in, and the final, cleaned up version.
Angel (pre-edit version)
Angel (edited version)
Angel (final version)
I think that Joel’s edits were incredibly helpful in polishing the stories. If you need an editor, I would definitely recommend him. Before you actually hire him, he will do an edit sample on some of your work so you can see his editing and he’ll estimate the time it will take him to edit the whole work.
Here are a couple ways to contact Joel: