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Freelance Editor Specializing in Romance


romance editor

Are you an indie author preparing to self-publish? Are you getting ready to submit your manuscript to a traditional publishing house? Or are you an old salt looking for a new editor? In any case, I would love to be your editor. I am a freelance editor specializing in all genres of romance. I have experience working with both up-and-coming indie authors and established New York TimesUSA Today, and Amazon bestsellers. My aim is to not only help make your book the best it can be but to help you feel supported throughout the process. And best of all, do it at an affordable rate!


Content/Developmental Edit:

A content edit focuses on the work as a whole and looks for things such as pacing, structure, theme, and overall effectiveness of the story. I will:

  • Offer constructive criticism about overall plot, characterization, and structure.
  • Identify issues with pacing and flow and suggest ways to make the story come to life.
  • Identify potential plot holes, inconsistencies, and timeline issues.
  • Identify general issues such as showing versus telling or misused points of view.
  • Work with you to brainstorm ideas for changes to scenes or characters that may not be working

Content/Developmental Edit Rate: $0.0085/word

Line Edit/Copyedit

A line edit goes through a review line-by-line and word-by-word. I will:

  • Point out overused words/phrases, dependence on clichés, and reoccurring structural sentence mistakes.
  • Offer ways to improve clarity and coherence of the writing and eliminate redundancies.
  • Suggest changes to sentence and paragraph structure to improve syntax, variation, and tone.
  • Correct tensing, punctuation, spelling, and word usage.

Line Edit/Copyedit Rate: $0.0085/word


A proofread is the final pass through after content and line edits have been completed and looks for:

  • Grammar and punctuation errors
  • Incorrect spelling and typos
  • Correct capitalization
  • Word usage (missing/repeated words)
  • Correct tensing

Proofread Rates: $0.004/word

With all of my services, I aim to:

  • Work closely with you so you understand my suggestions and are sufficiently prepared to make any necessary changes.
  • Be thorough and honest in my feedback with the absolute goal in mind of helping you achieve the best possible final draft.
  • Follow up in a timely, organized fashion.
  • Be there for you during your writing process, whether you are having trouble figuring out a scene, need help finding the perfect words, or just need a bit of motivation

Discounted package rates are available.


What genres do you specialize in?
I specialize in all romance genres including: young adult, new adult, contemporary, historical, paranormal, and erotica. I am happy to stray from those genres on a case-by-case basis depending on the synopsis and if I am confident I can do your novel justice.

How do I format my manuscript to send?
I accept Microsoft Word, Pages, or Open Office documents and prefer them to be submitted using a standard font (Times, Arial, or Courier in 12-point type). This can be sent to me via email or through a Dropbox-type transfer.

How are my edits returned?
In addition to a typed summary of high-level comments which will be sent via email, I use Track Changes. Track Changes is a feature within the above-mentioned word processing programs which allows you to easily see the changes that have been made. This feature allows you to accept or reject any suggested changes and incorporate them into your final document. I also use the Comments feature to leave additional remarks in the margin.

What style guide do you use?
I use the Chicago Manual of Style, a publication put out by the University of Chicago Press that is one of the most widely used and respected guides in publishing. For spelling, I used the Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary.

When and how do I pay?
Once we have agreed on a price and timeline, I require a 50% deposit at contract signing. I will then request the remaining 50% when the final manuscript is returned.
I accept payment via PayPal, check, or money order.

How long will it take? 
Turnaround time will depend on the length of the book, my current availability, and the working style the author prefers. Some authors like to bring me in early on in the process so I can help with plot, character, and timeline issues as the book is being drafted. This can take weeks or months. If you already have a clean draft, I can usually get through it in a week or two. I do offer rush services for an additional charge.

What is your availability?
I am currently accepting new clients. Please contact me to inquire about availability.

Do you provide sample edits?
Yes. I will provide free sample edits of up to 1,000 words and can usually return them within 24 hours.

Can you help me with my website?
Glad you asked! Due to popular demand, you can also hire me for all of your web design needs. Are you looking for someone to build you a site from scratch or does your current site need a facelift? Need promotional materials for an upcoming release or a fresh logo design? Send me an email and we can discuss whatever your needs may be and figure out a solution that will fit your budget.


I have worked with both up-and-coming indie authors and established New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestsellers. See below for a selection of client testimonials from some of the authors I’ve worked with:

“CeCe has been an invaluable support to my writing career for years! Smart, forthright, and honest, she helps you get your book in the absolute best shape possible. She’s always my first reader and beyond amazing with all of her feedback. She helps root out logical issues, organize the storyline, enhances characterization, plot issues and inconsistencies. Anything that needs a little extra TLC, CeCe will spot it! With CeCe’s help your pacing will always stay on point and every scene in your story will pop, and she does all this while still supporting your unique writing voice. Highly, highly recommended!!” Katy Evans, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the REAL and Manwhore series

“I have had the pleasure of working with CeCe on my last five releases: The Definition of Icing, The Aubrey Rules, Breakout, On Thin Ice, and Sugar and Ice. What I love about working with CeCe is that she truly examines all parts of your work with a fine-tooth comb-from pacing and character development to the tiniest detail that might be missing from the story. When CeCe gives me feedback, she explains why she is giving it-you’ll never get a one comment response from her, but a thoughtful discourse on her critique. I know each book she has worked on has been better because of her.” Aven Ellis, bestselling author of the Dallas Demons romance series

More testimonials coming soon…


editor contactWhether you are looking for an editor for your novel, a web designer for your site, or just want to chat books (my books, your books, or someone else’s), don’t hesitate to email me. I am happy to work with both new and experienced authors at any stage of their writing process.

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