I am a freelance editor and fiction author published with Harlequin Escape and Penguin Random House. I have a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Professional Publication and Editing. I am a member of Romance Writers of Australia and a Margie Lawson Immersion Grad. I provide editorial services to trade publishers and authors direct.
I am particularly interested in mystery/thriller, romance, young/new adult, fantasy and commercial/popular fiction.
When you contact me regarding your manuscript, please describe it in general terms - what genre of fiction, word count, a brief (one page maximum) synopsis, and an indication of what kind of editing you require.
"Elise was my editor on No Place Like You. She was lovely to work with – really clear in her comments and quick to get back to me with any queries I still had. And most importantly, she made lots of great suggestions! Elise is ace – if you’re considering hiring an editor, she’s a great choice. Find her at http://www.elisekackers.net" - Marnie St Clair, author of No Place Like You.
I loved working with Elise. With the keen eyes of a writer, editor and reader, Elise made me think about things I never would have thought of and picked up on things I had missed over 10 edits! She made great suggestions and helped mould the final edit of my book. Friendly, professional and thorough, I highly recommend Elise’s services and I will definitely use her again for my next book." - Clare Griffin, author of Tumble.
Proofreading is usually the last step in the writing/editing process, in which I carefully read through the document/manuscript to catch cosmetic problems e.g. typos, punctuation, and layout errors. I charge $0.008 AUD per word, however this cost varies according to the quality and complexity of the text. For example, if English is your second language or your text is technical in nature, I charge slightly more owing to the extra time commitment. Contact me for further details.
How to request a proofreading quote: email me an exact word count, ten sample pages from the back half of your document, and details of when you require the work to be completed by.
Copy-editing (or line editing) involves working with the finer details of writing, namely mechanics (spelling, grammar, syntax) and continuity (tense, POV). I charge $0.03 AUD per word. This fee includes corrections/feedback via Microsoft Word track changes, basic explanations of objective changes, and two post-edit email exchanges clarifying any issues, if required. Please note, this fee varies according to the quality and complexity of the text. For example, if English is your second language or your text is technical in nature, I charge slightly more owing to the extra time commitment. Contact me for further details.
How to request a copy-editing quote: email me an exact word count, ten sample pages from the back half of your document, and details of when you require the work to be completed by.
Substantive editing involves sentence by sentence coaching to improve the mechanics, form and style of your writing. My detailed, objective suggestions via Microsoft Word track changes will help you keep your plot tight and details consistent, and will improve your style while maintaining your unique voice. Any points of concern can be discussed in greater detail via email. This stage of editing is best employed after your complete manuscript has been critiqued. The cost of a substantive edit varies according to the length and complexity of the manuscript, however is on average $30 AUD per thousand words (round up to the nearest 1,000). Please contact me for a quote.