Andrea Merrell thrives on using her expertise to help writers become the best they can be. She encourages and mentors those seeking to learn the trade and sharpen their skills. She would love to help you get your manuscript ready for submission.
Initial Critique/Edit – $30.00
An overall critique and sample edit of your first five unedited pages and a short synopsis (or back-cover copy). This will help both author and editor have a better understanding of the material and the type of editing that will be required.
Proofreading/Copyediting – $30 per hour
Correction of basic errors in PUGS: punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling, along with formatting and consistency.
Substantive Editing – $40 per hour
A thorough line-by-line edit of your work. This includes checking for the items mentioned above, along with: content, flow, hooks, writing tight, showing-not-telling, and problems with plot, point of view, characterization, and dialogue. This will include any rewriting that needs to be done, and the editor will work closely with the author, using comments and track changes. Industry standard references include CMOS (Chicago Manual of Style), CWMS (Christian Writer's Manual of Style), and Merriam-Webster's Dictionary. BibleGateway.com will be used to verify Scripture references.
Mentoring – $40 per hour
If you are just starting out as a writer and need to learn some basics, or you are struggling in a particular area, this mentoring process will help you hone your skills and polish your prose. We can cover things like: basics of writing, formatting, learning the lingo, or writing a devotion, article, or story.
Blog Posts/Columns – $8-10 per post
If you are a blogger or columnist, allow me to help you get your projects ready for publication.
I would love to work with you and help you on your writing journey. You may contact me at andreamerrell7 @ gmail (dot) com and include “Editing Services” in the subject line or use the form on the home page of this site.
Moments with Billy Graham (contributing author)
Greenville Christian Writers Group
The Christian Writer's Den
The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network
ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)
ACFW-SC - Founding Member
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
"I enthusiastically recommend Andrea Merrell for your editing needs. I’ve hired her for several of my own projects, including book proposals and one complete book manuscript. Her work consistently reflects talent, patience, insight, and kindness. I’ll use her again and encourage you to do the same."
~ Dr. Rhett H. Wilson, Sr.
"Andrea has worked with me on several manuscripts. I found her to be knowledgeable, responsive, collaborative, easy to work with, and a great partner in the effort. Thank you, Andrea, for your editing expertise and encouragement. I appreciate and value your literary investment in me and my books!"
~Nate Stevens, author of Deck Time with Jesus,
God’s Secret Place, and Accelerate Your Destiny
"Andrea has been a great friend and mentor as I've begun contract editing. Her experience and skill set have been invaluable tools."
“With the eagle eyes of a copy editor and the heart of a writer, Andrea Merrell finds not only the most obscure typos, but also awkward passages and missing gaps that need to be reworked. Her professional manner and encouraging feedback offer much help to the writer. She is a joy to work with.”
"Andrea Merrell did a wonderful job editing my book this past summer. I was up against a self-imposed deadline, and she came through for me, finishing the job in record time. What I remember with fondness was how enjoyable our working relationship was, whether communicating by email or by phone (loved her southern accent!). She also assisted me with some last-minute changes and edits as well, helping to bring the book's completion to the perfect end. She was a joy to work with. I hope to meet Andrea some day and sit down with her for a heart-to-heart chat!"
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