Author Services

About me I am an author and editor. I’ve worked as an editor with two literary magazines (Cypress Dome, an in-house magazine at the University of Central Florida and The Florida Review, which is internationally distributed) and I will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing come December. I have been trained in proofreading using the Chicago Manual of Style, and I am an acquisition editor at Multifarious Press. I have also published a novel (Plastic Wings), an array of short stories, written for an entertainment website, and published reviews with Foreword Reviews.

Editing services

Copy Editing

Copy edits are different than line edits and very different from proofreading services. For copy edits, I will read through your entire manuscript and take note of errors regarding pacing, passive voice, character development, inconsistencies, etc. Copy edits involve a deep analysis of your story, what it strives to be, and what is holding it back. At the end of my copy edits, you’ll receive a comprehensive report (about 2-3 pages) detailing your story’s strengths and weaknesses and my suggestions for revisions. *I may include some sensitivity reading in copy edits but these will not be comprehensive and are not to be expected. Because insensitivity may hinder a story, these elements may intermix with copy edits, but I WILL NOT read insensitivity at a line level*

I require a minimum of one (1) week for copy edits, but completion time may vary depending on traffic. For copy edits, I charge $.005/word with a $10 minimum charge. All edits for stories under 2,000 words will cost $10. *Discounts are available for students and marginalized authors. Please email for specialty quote.

Line editing

Line editing involves your story’s readability. I will read through your manuscript and take note at the line level (using Microsoft Word’s track changes tool unless otherwise requested) of awkward diction, line-level inconsistencies, incorrect terminology, etc. This is a close reading of your story that I would only recommend for a polished draft. If you still expect to make major changes in your story, I’d recommend waiting before hiring a line editor. *I may include some sensitivity reading in line edits but these will not be comprehensive and are not to be expected*.

I require a minimum of one (1) week for line edits, but completion time may vary depending on traffic. For line edits, I charge $.005/word with a $10 minimum charge. All edits for stories under 2,000 words will cost $10. *Discounts are available for students and marginalized authors. Please email for specialty quote.

Proofreading

Proofreading is where I’ll go through your manuscript and take note of any spelling, grammar, or fact-checking errors . I may note awkward diction or language-based inconsistencies, but I will not be reading for major story elements or conducting a sensitivity read. Proofreading will be done according to the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style unless otherwise requested. *I may include some sensitivity reading during proofreading but these will not be comprehensive and are not to be expected*.

I require a minimum of one (1) week for proofreading, but completion time may vary depending on traffic. For proofreading, I charge $.002/word with a $5 minimum charge. All edits for stories under 2,500 words will cost $5. *Discounts are available for students and marginalized authors. Please email for specialty quote.

Sensitivity Reads

In sensitivity reads, I will thoroughly read through your manuscript for any plot points, language, imagery, etc. that is likely or prone to offend marginalized people. This will include both a line by line indication of any insensitivities as well as a report detailing any major plot elements that should be reexamined and/or changed. I will only read for marginalizations that I have first-hand experience with. The responses I provide are to help you improve your manuscript and mitigate harm. My sensitivity reads are in no way an endorsement for your writing or allyship. You may choose to accept or reject any advice I provide and I do not guarantee that any sensitivity reads will protect you from critique or offense.

Note: As I’ve said many times before, marginalized people are not a monolith. I can only provide knowledge and advice per my own experience with these marginalized identities. Other members of the same marginalization may very well disagree with what I consider sensitive or insensitive.

I will read for the following marginalizations:

  • Black/Black American/Black Caribbean/African Diaspora*/Afro-Latinx 
  • East Asian/Asian American*/Chinese*/Japanese
  • Latinx/Puerto Rican*
  • Mental Illness/ADHD/Anxiety/Depression/Suicide/Bipolar Disorder*
  • Queer/Bisexual*/Pansexual/Aromantic/Asexual/Genderfluid/Genderqueer*/trans*/mlm*/wlw relationships*

*- identities that I share for whom my expertise is less refined. I’ll read for all of these identities, but I recommend secondary readers whose experiences may align more closely.

Please include which identities you’d like me to read for when submitting your manuscript. I will point out all sensitivity issues I see (even for marginalizations that I do not share if pertinent), but my focus will be on the identities requested. 

I require a minimum of two (2) weeks for sensitivity reads, but completion time may vary depending on traffic. For sensitivity reads, I charge $.01/word with a $10 minimum charge. All sensitivity reads for stories under 1,000 words will cost $10. *Discounts are available for students and marginalized authors. Please email for a specialty quote.

Sensitivity Consultation

A sensitivity consultation is where I will discuss with you the premise of your story, character tropes, and other potential insensitive material before you begin writing. This service is intended to help you determine if a story is too sensitive for you to write outside of your lane, to determine potential pitfalls, and examine the safest approaches to your work before dedicating your time to the writing process. Many problematic stories would benefit from this service more so than a sensitivity read because it protects stories from being written on a problematic foundation. For a sensitivity consultation, I will read over a summary of your story as well as a summary of its characters. I will then send a detailed analysis featuring any potential problems I see along with explanations and advice on how to avoid these pitfalls. Additional consultations may be requested as alterations are made to the original concept drafts.

Note: As I’ve said many times before, marginalized people are not a monolith. I can only provide knowledge and advice per my own experience with these marginalized identities. Other members of the same marginalization may very well disagree with what I consider sensitive or insensitive.*I only have the jurisdiction to speak on the marginalizations listed above, but I will examine your summary for any common problematic tropes that I recognize.

I require a minimum of three (3) business days for a sensitivity consultation, but completion time may vary depending on traffic. For short stories (under 17,500 words), I charge $10 for the primary consultation + $5 for each additional consultation. For novellas (17,501 words – 39,999 words), I charge $20 for the primary consultation + $10 for each additional consultation. For novels (40,000 words+), I charge $30 for the primary consultation + $15 for each additional consultation. *If any project requires more than three consultations, fees will be waived following the third consultation. *Discounts are available for students and marginalized authors. Please email for a specialty quote.

Combination Packages

I offer a combination package of all the above services. This combination of sensitivity consultations at the beginning phase followed by copy edits, line edits, proofreading, and sensitivity reads is ideal for self-publishing authors who need full author services at a discounted rate. Under the combination package, I’ll perform each service for your manuscript before returning it to you to make edits before the next round of services. Default time between services will be one (1) month unless otherwise specified. Specialty packages may be provided (featuring any combination of the above services). Please email for a specialty quote for custom packages.

For combination packages, I charge $.015/word with a minimum charge of $30. All combination packages for stories under 2,000 words will cost $30. 1/2 of total payment will be charge upfront with the second 1/2 charge upon completion of the sensitivity read. *Discounts are available for students and marginalized authors. Please email for a specialty quote.

For questions regarding any of the information here or to request specialty services, please email me at author@ctcallahan.com with the subject line “Editing Services”.