Editing Services

I offer the following editing services:

* Fiction and Non-fiction both welcome.

Story-Planning or Project Consultation
Manuscript Critique (Beta Reading)
Developmental & Content Editing
Line Editing & Copyediting

Editing Package
A 3-Round process involving first Developmental Editing, then Line Editing, then a final proofreading.

 

Story-Planning or Project Consultation

Helping you plan your next masterpiece.

Are you at the stage where you’re got a book or project idea and you’re just starting out with it? Got some great story ideas and want to run them by someone to see if they make sense? Got an outline and some character sketches but you’re not sure if everything fits together? It always helps to share what’s on our mind and get an outside opinion on our work.

  • Ask me anything about your story and get productive feedback
  • Organize and connect your existing ideas
  • Pinpoint where things seem weak
  • Put our heads together to brainstorm new possibilities
  • Clarify your big-picture concept

How it Works

You email me your story ideas and questions. I’ll give them a look and reply. We can then have a brief exchange via email or Facebook Messenger with additional questions and comments.

CAD$50 per session (approx. 1 hour)

Manuscript Critique (Beta Reading)

An insightful snapshot of your manuscript.

This is a big-picture assessment of your manuscript, with without the depth and scope of Development & Content Editing. It’s a shorter, but still insightful, report to let you know how your manuscript is being received from the reader’s perspective, and whether or not you’re on the right track. The objective is to help you get an idea of where your story is at, and whether it still needs a lot of work and rewrites, or whether you can probably start into the formal editing process. You’ll get feedback on:

  • Story Structure
  • Characters
  • Pace
  • Strengths & Weaknesses

Sample

How it Works

I read your manuscript and compile a short report regarding the above areas.

CAD$40 per hour (Approximately 7000-10,000 words per hour, although this may vary with manuscript quality.)

 

Developmental & Content Editing

Helping you organize, clarify and give your story a greater emotional impact.

Writing can be a challenging and a very individual process. But getting our stories in front of readers, and making sure that story is delivered with great quality and integrity, that takes a team. Maybe you, as an author, feel overwhelmed by a messy manuscript and need help giving it structure and cohesion so that your ideas really pop. Or maybe you’ve got something pretty polished and you want to make sure that your story makes as much sense to others as it does to you. You probably want readers to have a deeply satisfying emotional response to your work, but maybe you could use some advice on how. Content editing helps you develop the big picture of your novel.

As your content editor, I’ll provide detailed feedback on plot structure, pacing and the reader’s emotional journey and on your beloved characters’ growth and development. I’ll provide suggestions and ideas specific to your book to help you better reach your intended audience.

Sample

How it Works

You provide your manuscript in Microsoft Word format. I do a thorough read of your manuscript. I pay attention to plot, pacing and characters and give you a big-picture report with suggestions on how things could be improved. You, of course, have complete freedom to make revisions as you see fit, whether they come from my suggestions, or mine have inspired new thoughts of your own.

CAD$40 per hour (Approximately 4000-8000 words per hour, although this may vary with manuscript quality.)

 

Line Editing & Copyediting

Helping you achieve technical elegance in refining your manuscript.

Is your story set and your manuscript ready for the next step? Line editing is where we make the manuscript shine. Or sparkle. Your choice. We can even make it glimmer, but that costs extra. With attention to fine detail, I correct grammar and spelling, but also do so much more. I examine:

  • transitions
  • awkward phrasing
  • repetitions
  • cohesion/flow (linking ideas)
  • wordiness
  • plausibility (In Ch1, her eyes were blue, but in Ch5, they’re brown!)
  • emphasis
  • rhythm and elegance
  • spelling
  • punctuation
  • capitalization
  • word usage (blond/blonde)
  • italics
  • clarity
  • grammar
  • numbers (six vs. 6)
  • consistency

Sample

How it Works

I make all edits using The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) and Track Changes directly in Microsoft Word.

Some people might jump the gun and request copyediting before it’s time. If your manuscript is not yet ready for this stage of development, I will let you know as soon as possible. You can then resubmit the manuscript after you have improved the quality on your own.

CAD$40 per hour (Approximately 3000-5000 words per hour, although this may vary with manuscript quality.)

 

Editing Package

A 3-Round process involving first Developmental Editing, then Line Editing, then a final proofreading.

Whether you’re self publishing or submitting your manuscript to a publisher, you want your manuscript to be in the best shape possible so that it can make the best impression possible. The Editing Package gives you three rounds of editing. Typically, this means a round of Developmental Editing of your content, followed by Line Editing to improve tehnical aspects, and then a final Proofreading to make sure everything is polished.

The package is flexible. Maybe your manuscript is really rough and you need two rounds of developmental editing before going on to Line Editing. That’s fine too. You still get three rounds. But by committing to those three, you save 20% on your total costs.

How it Works

You provide your manuscript in Microsoft Word format. I do a thorough read of your manuscript and provide recommendations on big items like story, characters, and pace and provide a detailed Content Editing Report. We can discuss. After you have made changes and feel like the manuscript is ready to go, I’ll help clean things up with Line Editing, going into style, grammar and spelling. After further changes, I’ll Proofread your manuscript and make any last minute changes needed.

CAD$35 per hour (Approximately 3000-8000 words per hour in each round, although this may vary with manuscript quality.)
SAVE 12.5%

Not sure what type of editing you need? Learn more here.

Qualifications and Reviews of my work can be found here.

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I had the pleasure of receiving an extensive report from Tim including both copy and developmental editing. The report was delivered promptly and covered all the significant bases with which I was concerned. It was clear from the report that Tim has an in-depth understanding of both the mechanics of writing and the expectations of the publishing world. His edits have given me a great deal to think about, and I have no doubt that many of his recommendations will find themselves in the final draft of Equo. As well, after he had sent me this report and I asked him a few questions, he engaged me in a very helpful manner, further clarifying points and granting me yet more insight. I would highly recommend his editing services.

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I would definitely recommend Timothy Baril to anyone.

I really enjoyed working with Timothy Baril. He was prompt with his responses to my emails. He provided me with a timeline and finished ahead of schedule. I admire an editor who is reliable and responsible and that’s what I got. Tim is a true professional.

I had asked him some questions about my manuscript and he provided Track responses within my Word document. He also sent a very detailed evaluation which helped me to make the needed corrections, changes, and plot expansions.

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