Editing Services

Comprehensive Copy Editing

When I edit a story, I find it impossible to do “just” a proofreading. Sure, you’ll find I read for grammar, spelling, consistency, and any outstanding issues; however, I also tend to give comments on what I like as well as what may be confusing or needs reworking. Each edit includes:

  • Checking for grammar, punctuation, and spelling issues
  • Consistency checks for capitalization (especially in fantasy/science fiction) and word usage
  • Noting what works well. Did you make me laugh? Am I tearing up? Did I love a specific turn of phrase?
  • Alert you to passages which may be confusing or need reworking. Maybe I know what you mean, but it’s not just coming across that clearly.
  • Notification of consistent or spot issues with POV, characterization, scene setting, plot development, or world building.
  • Limited fact checking if something doesn’t “sound” right.

I do all edits in Word with TRACK CHANGES turned on. I find this makes it easier for you to go through the story, make any changes, as well as see directly where comments apply.

I’m familiar with both British and American English. I believe that rainbows are colorful, as well as colourful.

Who am I?

Since 2002 I’ve been published in the erotic romance field, and since 2018 in fantasy and women’s lit. For ten years (2007-2017) I edited for the publishing company I ran, as well as freelance editing both before and since then for private clients. I also edited for a couple of small presses as well before I had to focus on a family member’s health as well as my own. However, I am back and currently open for editing clients.

You cannot go wrong with Mary editing your manuscript. Not only will she make your book shine, you’ll learn so much from her. She’s just the best there is.

Lex Valentine

Author and Cover Artist, Lexicon Publishing

Up to 25,000 words –> $75
25,0001 to 50,000 words –> $150
50,001 to 75,000 words –> $225
75,0001 to 100,000 words –> $300
100,001  to 125,000 words –> $375
125,001 to 150,000 words –> $450
150,001 to 175,000 words –> $525
175,001 to 200,000 words –> $600
Over 200,001 words? Contact for price.

Ask me about my multiple book and returning customer discounts. I also provide discounts for referrals.

Need a beta reader? Contact me.
Need a sensitivity reader? Contact me for my areas of expertise.


My pricing philosophy is simple. Everyone deserves quality editing without breaking their budget or going into debt.

With this in mind, I’ve priced my work what I feel is fair and affordable. Because my prices are so low, for anything under $150, I require payment in full. I’ll invoice you. Above $150, there will be a deposit of 50% due at the time of scheduling and 50% due within 72 hours of receiving the completed edits. If you need a payment plan, talk to me. We can work something out. Invoices will be sent and can be paid by credit card or PayPal. There is an agreement that I’ll send to make sure we’re all on the same page.

To Reserve Your Spot

To reserve your space, please fill out the form below. You are welcome to book ahead to take advantage of either a longer payment plan time or to take advantage of any sales that I may be having. If you would like to inquire about availability, please use the form below