Book editing services


Editing services for fiction and creative nonfiction

Developmental editing: novels

Starting from 150€ per 10K words

Line editing: fiction & memoir

Starting from 125€ per 10K words

Copyediting: fiction & memoir

Starting from 100€ per 10K words

Developmental editing for fiction

Big-picture editing is for novelists who have completed a full draft and plan to do a rewrite. I’ll get a long view of the entire project and give notes on the big-picture elements that could use a little love in revision. This stage is not about grammar advice or punctuation, but the architecture of your book.

Available for completed fiction manuscripts.  

Sound like your book?

My specialties and areas of interest:

  • Romance
  • Young adult
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Issue-driven
  • Diverse voices

Areas of support:

  • The first 50 pages (the hook)
  • Theme
  • Plot
  • Character
  • Voice and point of view
  • Scenes
  • Summary and backstory
  • Dialogue and inner monologue
  • Chronology
  • Pacing

Copyediting for fiction and memoir

Make sure your word choices are getting your meaning across! I offer line editing and copyediting for fiction, memoir, and personal essays.

These services smooth out anything at the sentence level that might pull the reader out of the experience. Let’s keep your audience turning those pages!

The end result is a polished piece that is ready to be formatted for self-publishing or sent to an agent or publisher.

“Joy is truly exceptional. Her attention to detail on my debut novel was impeccable. She cut out unnecessary details and grammar errors all while maintaining the integrity of the story and my voice as an author. The flow of the story has improved tremendously because of Joy’s edits.

The style sheet she developed for my novel went above and beyond, with an index of all the characters mentioned (both major and minor), a chronological timeline of events, and a list of formatting styles to look out for.

I’m beyond satisfied with Joy’s work and I’m grateful for how it will make me a better writer going forward. 10/10, All the stars, highly recommend!”

Mariah Holden, U.S.

Young adult author

FAQ: Is copyediting like proofreading?

Great question! What are line editing and copyediting, exactly?

Line editing

It’s about style:

  • Consistency in tone
  • Filler words
  • Dialogue tags and action beats




What many think of as proofreading:

  • Consistency
  • Clarity
  • Grammar, punctuation, and spelling



    Joy is very committed to her job. She is ready to answer all your questions and help you with your doubts about your writing. She even goes the extra mile by checking details like legal issues. She is highly professional, she meets deadlines, she stays in touch with you throughout the whole process.

    Finally, which is probably the most important thing, she is a lovely person to work with.”

    Anna Parsifal

    Literary fiction author

    How much does editing cost?

    Since the needs of each project and author are unique, the price for a book-length edit varies, too.

    The best way for me to give you an accurate quote is to see the full manuscript and chat with you about your timeline.

    But, here’s a quick guide to my starting prices:

    • Copyediting: from 100€ per 10,000 words
    • Line editing: from 125€ per 10,000 words
    • Developmental editing: from 150€ per 10,000 words

    Pricing chart for types of editing (starting prices)

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