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You’ve finally made it. You’ve slogged through tens of thousands of words, poured your heart and soul onto the page (or the word processor). You’ve pushed through the mid-novel slump, through the fears plaguing you, and slapped that little voice in your head that whispered “You can’t do it.” After all the nights spent furiously working away on that novel, you type the two words you’ve been looking forward to writing the moment you started this novel: “THE END.”

Now what?

Maybe you’ve taken the plunge and read through your novel. You’ve tried to take out those particularly thorny parts, tried to smooth over the plot, tried breathe more life into that one side character that’s as flat as a pancake (and definitely not as good as one).

Yet, you’re struggling. You’re in the depths of your novel and it’s hard to tell what’s even working and what needs to be completely scrapped. Does your main character sound too immature? Is your plot engaging at all?

Or maybe you know that your beautiful work is well, a little flawed. You know that your main character isn’t quite right, or that there are some intermittent plot hole present throughout the novel (how did your characters teleport from Canada to the moon??). Perhaps you worry that your diverse character is riddled with stereotypes. You can’t pinpoint what needs to be changed.

It’s time for us to whip that novel into shape.

Hi, I’m Aneeqah. I’ve been a reader, writer, and editor. I have read 300+ young adult in the past four years, written tens of thousands of words in book reviews on my other blog, am a POC (Pakistani Muslims, holla!), and have been an active member of the YA Book community for several years now. I have worked with numerous writers on their manuscripts; from assisting with the brainstorming process, to completing thorough content edits on a manuscript.

Basically, after being fully immersed in the Young Adult Book community for years as a reader, blogger, writer, and editor, I know a whole lot about young adult books.

And I want to help make your book stellar.

Let’s talk about what I can do for you.

Developmental Editing

This package is for you if:

  • You’ve done some initial revisions, but need a fresh look at what’s going right, and what’s not, in your novel
  • You need some thorough feedback on a part of or your entire manuscript
  • You have problems throughout your novel that you want help fixing
  • You want focused, in-depth, line-by-line critiques

Essentially, developmental editing is the most thorough service I offer. If you really want to whip that novel into shape with some truly deep feedback, this is the package for you.

With this, I offer:

  • An annotated manuscript with my feedback directly on each part of the work
  • A detailed chapter by chapter summary of my thoughts and feedback
  • Suggestions and questions to help you actually improve the novel during your next edits
  • A 30 minute Skype call (or GChat if you’re not comfortable talking face to face) discussing your manuscript, and creating an action plan on how to fix it, along with answering questions you may have

Beta-Reading

This package is for you if:

  • You’ve done several thorough edits and you want to see how the book would be received from a reader standpoint
  • You want to receive some more general comments about the basic elements of your story (i.e., character development, plot, general writing style, etc.)
  • You want comments focusing in on the overall novel

Beta-reading is a little less thorough than developmental editing, and focuses more on the large-scale aspects to your novel. If you’ve done significant edits and are interested in self-publishing or querying, beta-reading is the perfect service for you to get some feedback.

With this, I offer:

  • Chapter by chapter critiques, focusing on the larger elements of story
  • My initial reader impressions as I work through the story, directly annotated in the manuscript
  • General ideas for any future edits
  • A overall summary page of my thoughts and critiques
  • A 30 minute Skype call (or GChat if you’re not comfortable talking face to face) discussing your manuscript, and creating an action plan on how to fix it, along with answering questions you may have

How does this work?

  1. You’ll fill out my short contact form telling me which service you’re interested in. I’ll reply with a brief questionnaire for you to fill out, about your novel and also a little about yourself, so I can get a proper feel of who you are as a writer and learn a bit about your novel.
  2. We’ll talk about what problems you’re having with your manuscript, and I’ll take note of what your concerns are so I can cater my critique to those problems. I might ask for a small sample of your novel, so I can have a better picture of what I’m working with.
  3. After paying the first half of the invoice, you’ll send me the first three chapters, which I will edit and send you feedback on. We’ll make sure we’re on the same page in terms of what kind of critique I’m providing and I’ll ensure I’m meeting your wants.
  4. You’ll send me the rest of your manuscript, which I will read and critique. Afterwards, depending on the service you select, a chapter by chapter critique and/or an overall summary of my thoughts. This should only take about 1-2 weeks- I will clearly communicate with you what my schedule looks like and when you should be expecting a response from me.
  5. I’ll send everything- including any notes I took about my first impression of your novel- to you, along with the manuscript with some of my in-line thoughts or critiques.
  6. We’ll decide on a date and time for the Skpye/GChat session, and I’ll send over the other half of the invoice at this time.
  7. You’ll take some time to go through my critiques and write down any questions you have.
  8. We’ll jump on the call/chat together, and I will give you a run-down of your novel, and we’ll discuss more thoroughly some of the comments I may have made. I’ll take this time to point out some of the most prominent issues, answer your questions, and help you brainstorm and determine an action plan.
  9. You can continue to communicate with me about your manuscript as you go through edits if you have any more questions/thoughts!

The key element in this process is communication and trust. I want to make sure we’re both on the same page in terms of your wants, questions, and concerns throughout our interactions. I want the best possible experience for you, so we can polish up that novel and reach all of your goals. 

Let's get started!

FAQ

Why do I need a developmental editor or beta-reader?

It’s crucial to get feedback on your manuscript from an outside perspective. You need an objective look at the novel to get an honest evaluation of what’s working, and what’s not. Sometimes it’s just too difficult to understand what shape your novel is in as a writer, because you’ve been thinking about it for such a long time. An editor or beta-reader, like yours truly, can come in with a fresh mind and help pick apart the good and the bad, and provide deep, meaningful critiques to improve it. Writing a novel isn’t a one-man show, and if you want to self-publish or query your novel to agents, you need to get outside feedback.

How much will this cost?

I don’t believe in having the same rate for each client, since the level of critiques and editing will vary from person to person. After you fill out the questionnaire, as discussed in the process, we’ll talk a little about how much revision you’ve done, what kind of specific critiques you’re looking for, and more about your manuscript. Improving your manuscript is my main focus, not worrying about pricing. After that discussion, I’ll determine a quote for you, and I’ll send over the first half of the invoice.

Keep in mind that because developmental edits are more exhaustive than beta-reading, the price for the former will be more expensive. Generally, my prices for beta-reading range from $1-$1.50 per 1,000 words (a 60,000 words manuscript would cost $60-$90), and my prices for developmental editing range from $2-$3 per 1,000 words (a 60,000 word manuscript would cost $120-$180).

What do you like to read?

As I’ve stated before, I read only Young Adult. While I do have experience with Middle Grade and New Adult novels, my primary expertise is in Young Adult novels (although if you do have a MG or NA novel and you’re dying for me to read it, we can talk).

My favorite sub-genres under YA are:

  • Fantasy
  • Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic
  • Fairytale Re-tellings
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Contemporary

I am, however, always willing to read any sub-genre of YA.

Can you help me flesh out my diverse characters?

Yes, absolutely! Diversity is (thankfully) a growing trend in YA right now, and because I come from a Pakistani background, and am Muslim myself, I can provide some valuable insights to your minority characters, especially if they are Middle-Eastern. While it’s important you do thorough research if your character is diverse in a different manner, I will help you flesh out those characters and get you to the right resources, if needed.

I’m ready to sign up!! When are you available?

I’m actually taking clients right now, so hop over to my contact page and let’s get this party started!

Let's do this!

If you have any further questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to send me an email, or chat with me on Twitter!