Freelance Services

I love the English language. That’s why I have a degree in English and literature. It’s also one reason I’m a published author. I’d like to help your words shine, too.

The services I offer are split into three categories: Coaching, Critique and Editing. I’ve been doing copywriting, too, and if that’s what you need, please complete the “Request a quote” form at the bottom of the page with the specifics of your project.

Coaching

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Mentoring other writers is my personal sweet spot. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know everything, but as a published author, I can help you face the blank page, create a writing habit, share scheduling advice, listen to and help you improve your pitch, and talk you through the process of shopping a manuscript to traditional or small presses.

In fact, I’ll tailor the coaching calls to meet your where you’re at right now and help you reach the next level in your career.

Rates:

One Hour Calls: $50 per hour.
Package of FOUR weekly calls: $175
Package of TWO calls and a first chapter or synopsis critique: $125

Critique

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If you pitch your project to an agent, they’ll ask for between twenty and one hundred pages. You need that first chapter to sing and hook them hard. That’s why I recommend a first chapter critique for all beginning writers.

My critique includes in-line commentary using Track Changes on Word, plus a two page summary that explains the strengths and weaknesses of the writing and gives suggestions for improvements (along with resources as applicable).

Rates:

First Chapter Critique (up to 5,000 words) - $40
Manuscript Critique at $25 per hour
Add a 30-minute Zoom call to any critique for $25

Testimonial on Critiques by Sharon

Five Stars: I received great feedback. There were issues with my first chapter, and she pointed out my strong points and weak points. Now I have a good idea what I need to work on.
– Shannan Thompson

Editing

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There are three major types of editing. Which service is right for you?

Traditional publishing contracts include each of these services in the order listed. For the most polished product, a manuscript should go through all three types of editing. If you book all three with me, I will proofread the project for half-price.

Developmental Editing

Also called macro editing. Identifies big picture problems such as: plot holes, scene tension, characterization, voice, character arc, story arc, perspective shifts and other story-level problems.

Rate:

$550 for manuscripts of 70,000 words or less. (Submit form for quotes on longer projects)


Line Editing

Also called copyediting. Corrects grammar, misuse of words and strengthens sentence clarity.

Rate:

$350 for manuscripts up to 50,000 words. (Use form for a quote on longer projects)


Proofreading

Corrects typographical errors, grammar, misspellings, punctuation and conventions necessary for clear understanding.

Rate:

Cost: $.004 per word ($200 for 50,000 words)

Testimonial for Sharon's Proofreading Services

On top of always providing excellent service, Sharon is also a great teacher. Reading through her comments and notes on our newsletter draft has definitely helped me become a better writer.
– Five Stars from C. Quintos, Agile USA

She's amazing! I needed someone to edit a flyer for a home buying seminar. Her editing was superb and and everything was timely and communicative. I would definitely use her services again. Top notch!
– Five Stars from Carhecka

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