The Golden Pencil
Editors * Authors * Story Consultants
Summer of '22 Special
Book a Developmental Edit now for 50% off.
up to 60K - reg: $250 now $125
60 to 80K - reg: $450 now $250
80K to 100K - reg: $750 now $325
Offer valid until August 21st 2022
NOTE: This applies to a developmental edit only
and does not include line/copy editing.
What Kind of Editing Do You Need?
Terminology varies between countries so there is sometimes confusion about what is involved in each type of editing. Here's our take on it.
Developmental or Structural Editing: We take a look at the entire project as a whole. We look for plot arcs, character arcs, point of view, tense, setting, world building, tension and voice. And we consider what's working and what's not and ask, what would make this even better than it already is?
Line Editing: This is a line by line edit of the project that considers consistency in voice, in the characteristics of the characters (eye colour, age, stature and personalities). It looks at snytax, sentence and paragraph structure and ways to ramp up the narrative, or tighten the dialogue.
Copy Editing: consists of punctuation, grammar, spelling and basic formatting.
Manuscript Evaluation: Sometimes you don't need editing. Sometimes you just want to know if the story is good or not. That's when a manuscript evaluation works. This is a read through of the manuscript with a commentary consisting of a few paragraphs, relating to voice, point of view, general plot and character development.
If you have questions please ask. Prices vary depending on word count and what kind of service you require.
Free Sample Edits
Send us a synopsis of your manuscript, along with 3 to 5 consecutive pages and we will send you back an edit. A sample edit lets the author and the editor know if working together will be viable for both.
Editing - Copy, Line and Developmental
What kind of editing do you need?
We provide all forms of editing for your manuscripts, blogs, short stories, business documents and more. Contact us for further details and pricing.
From concept to finished product we can help!
Need help getting started? Any member of our team can help with story development.
We can help you stick to deadlines, set achievable goals and push through the moments of self doubt we often feel.
We are here to help you make your project the best it can be.
People had this to say...
When I was working on my first historical novel, told in intersecting narratives from three points of view in three time periods, Margery and I traded manuscripts to beta read for each other. Margery’s review and comments (both specifically noted in track changes and in a separate general overview) were both insightful and helpful, for each main character and era. I also enjoyed reading her novel, a fun cozy mystery that brought 1930s small town Canada to life with spot on characters and setting. She is a professional, friendly, detailed, and honest critic, who aims to help authors improve their work. Having her eyes on a manuscript is bound to benefit its writing, character development, and plot. I’ve known and interacted with Margery for several years now, at various writing events, and have nothing but good things to say about her.
Testimonial: Margery was a beta reader for me. In that capacity, I found her very thorough giving detailed analysis of what she enjoyed about my story and how she reacted to what she was reading. She was appalled at what I went through and applauded my determination to get to the bottom of things. She made some editing comments in the margin along with suggestions for rephrasing for better clarity. Her suggestions strengthened my work, and I was very grateful for her help.
This is all great stuff….Thank you especially for the catch. You're absolutely right…that would have been an awful mistake. I'm also going to give some serious thought to the beginning. I suspect you're right. As far as wanting (more) comments go, yes there is a time to write The End and underline it, but even while perfecting my query I don't think it's too late to be improving the manuscript. You've given me a really thoughtful response and I am extremely grateful.
I had a story consultation with Margery Reynolds. It was eye opening, inspiring, and informational. Margery worked with me to work through plot holes and character inconsistencies. She helped me come up with ideas on how to fix problems and add to the storyline. She offered priceless advice and brought a high level of expertise to the table. Not only was the session informative and incredibly helpful, it was fun! I can’t recommend her services enough!