Services

Genre Specialties

  • Fantasy

  • Science Fiction

  • Romance (contemporary and historical)

  • Action Adventure

  • General Fiction

  • Short Stories

  • Adult

  • Young Adult

Genre Familiarity

  • Suspense/Mystery

  • Historical Fiction

  • Self-Help

  • Memoir

  • Religious Topics

  • Middle Grade

Manuscript Evaluations

If you're not sure whether your book is good enough to submit to a publisher, I can clear up the mystery with a simple manuscript review. I'll read your full book and give you a detailed summary (usually 15 to 20 pages) of what works, what doesn't, and how to revise to best prepare your book for querying and submitting. This service is also a great option if you need a less in-depth developmental edit.

Pricing

Under 20,000 words: $500

20,000 to 50,000 words: $500-$700

50,000 to 80,000 words: $700-$1,000

80,000 to 110,000 words: $1,000-$1,200

110,000 to 140,000 words: $1,200-$1,500

140,000 to 170,000 words: $1,500-$1,800

170,000 to 200,000 words: $1,800-$2,000

Above 200,000 words: $2,000+

Sample Evaluation

Tiffany already had a largely positive response from her beta readers for her first draft of The Sins of Their Fathers, so she felt confident that she didn't need an in-depth developmental edit. As I evaluated her Pride and Prejudice retelling, I focused on developing the structure of the plot; character arcs of the main protagonists; pacing, point of views, and description; tone, tropes, and themes; and consistency and historical accuracy.

Testimonial

"Passmore Edits has been wonderful to work with!  Brittany does an amazing, thorough, detailed job on all of my books. Her rates are more than fair, especially with the quality of work that she does. In addition to being a fantastic editor, Brittany is prompt and professional with communication. I highly recommend Passmore Edits!"

—Tiffany Thomas

Developmental Edits

Developmental editing focuses on the big picture. My edits will evaluate aspects of your story like plot, character development, point of view, and theme.  This is the kind of feedback you want on an earlier draft when you want to know if your story will engage your readers in the way you want.

When you choose this service, I commit to reading your entire manuscript at least twice and leaving detailed comments regularly throughout to explain what works well, what issues I see, and potential solutions to address each issue. You may also request a sample (about a page or two) of substantive edits to be included within the edited manuscript.

Sample Developmental Edit

Jeffrey originally requested substantive edits for his fantasy short story about a small village fighting off a dangerous necromancer. But I'm glad he agreed to a developmental edit first, because his story grew all the stronger for it. In my edits, I addressed various plot holes, underdeveloped aspects of the characters, and buried themes. I also gave suggestions for fleshing out the worldbuilding and preventing reader confusion at key points in the story.

Pricing

$0.025/word

Quotes are subject to individual project evaluation and negotiation.

Testimonial

I highly recommend Brittany Passmore for all your editing needs. I have worked with her on my YA SFF novel with both developmental and line edits. She doesn't try to change the story, but works to enhance it, offering suggestions to improve the story and make it shine. Her editorial letters are thorough and thoughtful. I knew she took the time to actually read my story and absorb it. She didn't rush the process just to get my edit done faster, which I appreciated. She pointed out things missing in my story I never would've found on my own, and things even betas had missed! I felt as though she was a partner, and not just a person-for-hire. If you're looking for someone to take your story to the next level, look no further. Five out of Five stars!!!

—Patricia Barash

Substantive Edits

Substantive edits, or line edits, focus on voice and story flow. We'll handle awkward phrasing, diction, dialogue, "showing" versus "telling," cohesion, coherence, flow, and more. When you already feel confident about the structure of your story, substantive edits will make your writing more engaging for your readers so your plot and characters can truly shine.

Testimonial

Brittany is professional, fast, thoughtful, and very good at what she does. Her feedback was invaluable, easy to understand, and really helped me bring my writing to the next level. I gladly recommend her to others.

—Jeffrey Carter

Sample Substantive Edit

Once Jeffrey revised his short story after receiving my developmental edits, we moved on to looking more closely at his storytelling. Overall, this sample exemplifies how sentences and paragraphs might be restructured to improve flow, pacing, and emotional impact. My substantive edit included a light copyedit, so you'll also see this sample address some grammar and usage issues. And after Jeffrey's last revision, his short story received an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest!

Pricing

$0.025/word

Quotes are subject to individual project evaluation and negotiation.

Copyedits

Copyedits focus on the nitty-gritty details of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Your manuscript will receive special attention to anything related to grammar and usage, from the font of your quotation marks to the placement of each comma. This service includes corrections in capitalization, hyphenation, punctuation, spelling, subject/verb agreement, pronoun and verb conjugation, reducing word count and passive voice, and establishing consistency and accuracy throughout your manuscript.

Sample Copyedit

Erik asked particularly for my feedback on grammar and the flow of his fairytale-inspired short story. This sample especially features edits on punctuation (such as dialogue mechanics). I also included various light substantive edits to improve word choice and left one or two developmental suggestions in the comments to improve the pacing of the dialogue and deliver a more satisfying ending to the readers.

Pricing

$0.020/word

Quotes are subject to individual project evaluation and negotiation.

Testimonial

Brittany Passmore does thorough and thoughtful work on written pieces. My work is greatly improved after receiving her corrections on my grammar and structure. Not only does she know how to make sentences and words flow naturally and correctly, but she does it without changing the original author's voice, and helps the work instead of hindering it as someone less knowledgeable about story structure and the English language might.

—Erik Rytting

Combined Services

The nature of editing often allows elements from each level to cross over. Developmental editing can bleed into substantive editing, which in turn can bleed into copyediting. And because I'm trained in all three areas, no matter what state your manuscript is in, I can tailor my services to meet your needs. To judge what kind of combination of editing services will fit you best, I'll briefly review your manuscript to determine if you can combine a developmental and substantive edit or a substantive edit with a copyedit. You'll get the quality of two edits for a significantly reduced price!

Testimonial

Brittany is bringing my manuscript to the next level. She has breathed new life into the suspenseful parts, caught errors inconsistent with reality, and added action to keep my dialogues and introspective moments moving. She keeps my voice intact and is positive and complimentary and such a joy to work with. Thank you, Brittany!

—Annika Champenois

Pricing

$0.028/word

Quotes are subject to individual project evaluation and negotiation.

Sample Combined Service

Annika is a fantastic writer and had already received positive reviews from her beta reader on her clean contemporary romance. My sample edit proved that she could combine a developmental edit with a substantive edit, so we did! I included an editorial letter to explain my overall thoughts on many developmental aspects of the story. My developmental edits both in the editorial letter and in the comments throughout the manuscript focused on fully developing the themes of the story and fixing pacing and structural issues. My in-line substantive edits reworded awkward phrasing and helped the narration and dialogue flow while maintaining the overall humorous tone of the story.

I prefer to edit clean stories without excessive vulgarity and swearing, erotic scenes, or detailed blood and gore. This doesn’t mean that I won’t edit books that deal with difficult topics and messy situations. In fact, I welcome these ideas in books! But I have personal standards I won’t set aside. If you aren’t sure whether your content is too graphic or not, feel free to reach out for a free sample edit.