I am a Professional Freelance Editor with more than five years of experience.
I work with Fiction writers. I have edited novels, short stories, a children’s chapter book, and flash fiction stories. (photos of the covers of novels I have edited that are available on Amazon are at the bottom of this post). You will note that I have done multiple books for several writers.
I offer three types of editing:
Content editing is what most of my clients request. It includes editing of grammar, spelling, punctuation, word usage and style, order of wording, pacing, consistency of things like character names and descriptions. So, content editing covers all the technical items as well as all of the big picture things. If you write historical fiction, I will also do a basic fact check.
Copy editing includes checking written material to correct errors in grammar, spelling, usage, and style. Style refers to consistency in how words, phrases, typographical elements, etc., are used.
Proofreading — Proofreaders simply look for typographical and mechanical errors.
My skills are in fiction writing and I will edit any genre EXCEPT horror, science fiction, LGBTQ, or erotica. I will NOT edit anything that has a lot of graphic violence (I understand in some instances, a scene or maybe a couple scenes may require this, but I don’t want to have to read an entire book full, or even half a book full of graphic violence). I also will not edit anything that contains excessive profanity and explicit sexual scenes.
I will primarily use The Chicago Manual of Style, most current edition, The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style: 4th Edition, and Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary (online) as reference materials.
If you would like to know more or get a quote on your work, whether full-length novel, novella, short story, or flash fiction story, email me at: email@example.com
For novels and novellas, I request the first three chapters and I edit these for free and return them to you with the suggested corrections, proposed type of edit, and the total cost of the complete edit. The complete edit includes a second read through after you have made the suggested corrections.
Two ways to pay for novel and novella editing: 1) Total cost of the edits will be $30 per hour and will be based on how much time it will take me to complete the work. You must pay half of the total cost for the full manuscript edit up front and the second half upon receiving my notice stating my edits are completed. If I estimated the length of time it would take me for more hours than it actually takes, the second payment will be less than originally estimated. After receiving your payment via Paypal, I will send you the manuscript with my editing notes and suggestions in Track Changes. 2) You can submit 5 chapters at a time and pay $50 – $75 for each set of 5 chapters prior to submitting them. Price is determined by how long I estimate it will take me to read the chapters and make necessary suggestions for corrections. This is a more affordable way to get your manuscript edited than the first option. I offer this because I know that authors trying to publish for the first time or authors who choose to indie publish may not be able to afford the first option.
I have the right to refuse any editing job but will offer an explanation if I chose to refuse to accept your job.
Here’s what some of my clients have to say about my work:
“Kelly is a pleasure to work with. She is well-versed enough to understand the nuances of my genre (Christian Speculative) even though she doesn’t write Speculative. She knows her craft and is sensitive and gentle when giving input about things that need to be corrected or rewritten. Her notes are thoughtful and her suggestions made my book a better read and a more polished final product. ‘The Sorcerer’s Bane‘, book one of my series The Seven Words, is slated to be released soon and I will continue to seek her professional help on future manuscripts. — C. S. Wachter
Kelly Barr did a very thorough job, generating a final product that truly expresses what I had in mind. Also, they shortened it by about 1600 words and that’s always a plus! 🙂 There were some that I chose not to apply, but the vast majority of the edits proposed were golden. — J. P. Robinson
Word of Caution: If you choose to read any of the books that I list as books I’ve worked on, please remember that all clients have the option of making the changes an editor suggests or not. Therefore, the final published product does not necessarily depict the editor’s skills in a completely accurate manner.
Books I have worked on: