FAQs about Vital Wordplay
Ghosting and Editing Services
Can I book a trial consult?
Yes! After sharing a bit about your project to make sure I offer the nonfiction or fiction editing, proofreading, or writing services you need, I'm happy to set up a free 30-minute consultation, and to share a work sample.
You can click the "Get In Touch" button on any web page to e-mail me, fill out the Contact form below, or reach out on social media at @vitalwordplay.
What are your fees?
A certified editor who has worked with four publishing houses, I am trained in providing different editing levels, and will often suggest two levels of copy edit, for instance, to take into account your budget and manuscript needs. For a typical-length book (60,000 words) that needs medium editing, an investment of $1,200+ is not unusual. A less-involved manuscript review option (at $500 or so) is available, as is ghostwriting, as-you-go and traditional developmental editing, and proofreading of a finalized manuscript. Learn about my processes and specific editing, review, and writing options at Services. Learn about my experience at Mission & Me.
Will content still sound like me?
Whether I ghostwrite book content, review your manuscript's overall structure or provide line-by-line editing, my job is to help your voice shine through. I provide outlines and share chapters along the way when ghostwriting longer content, and in editing, a summary of the broad factors to be addressed while pointing out any suggested word changes that could alter meanings. That is, I am a thorough editor when it comes to seeking content clarity and such to appeal to readers, but all edits are yours to accept or not, and are designed to help the content reflect your intelligence, passion, and personality. Ultimately, my goal is to help you express your truth and put your best foot forward.
I truly enjoyed working with Barbra. Her attention to detail and suggestions exceeded my expectations. Initially she started by copyediting and proofreading my memoir, but after working through my initial manuscript and seeing its potential, she gave me some recommendations on where we could improve the project. We decided to continue the work and through additional developmental editing we created a new manuscript that vastly improved the book. All I can say is that I’m grateful for her suggestions! I am thankful for her enthusiasm and willingness to immerse herself in the subject of my book. I strongly recommend Barbra!