Novel Concept Editing
with L. B. McCaslin

About These Editing Services

You've spent countless days and nights on your wordcraft.

Now, your work deserves fresh eyes and an exacting mind to help you polish.

I am LeAnn McCaslin, and I will bring a half-decade of editing experience to your work. Together, we will ensure your writing is both professional and extraordinary. Storycraft and beautiful writing are my passions, and I choose to teach instead of criticize, highlighting your work's strengths while addressing its weaknesses. We are a team, and you and your work will be treated with respect!

As my past clients have said, a good editor's advice is life-changing. Scroll to view my testimonials, see some samples of my work, or get a free edit done on a sample of your own.

I offer developmental and line/copy editing for books, and proofreading services for many kinds of writing—learn more below.

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Developmental Editing Line/Copy Editing Proofreading
What it is
  • Takes place while the story is still in development
  • A thorough, exacting analysis of elements of storytelling and craft
  • Takes place after you've already revised your draft(s)
  • A check for any remaining issues that won't require huge rewrites
  • Takes place once your content is in its final form, and you're looking to root out any remaining errors
  • A final check for maximum professionalism before your content is shared with the world
What I review*
  • "Big picture" narrative
  • Story structure
  • Dialogue
  • Tension and pacing
  • Characterization
  • Continuity
  • Plot holes
  • Cliches and stereotypes
  • Emotional punch
  • Opening and/or ending problems
  • Genre issues
  • Areas of concern specified by the author
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Word choice
  • "Flow" of prose
  • Dialogue
  • Continuity
  • Cliches
  • Other minor sections that may benefit from revision
  • Areas of concern specified by the author
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Word choice
  • "Flow" of prose
Fees 2.5 cents per word, discounts offered for multiple rounds 1.5 cents per word, discounts offered for multiple rounds 1 cent per word, discounts offered for multiple rounds
Deliverables
  • A thorough, chapter-by-chapter write-up analyzing your story at a high level, including its strengths, weaknesses, and path forward, typically between 10-20 pages
  • Availability for questions and discussion
  • A fully annotated manuscript
  • Availability for questions and discussion
  • A fully annotated content manuscript
  • Availability for questions and discussion
Manuscripts I edit Fiction only. My specialty for developmental editing is fantasy/science-fiction novels. All genres and lengths of fiction and non-fiction are welcome. All genres and lengths of fiction and non-fiction are welcome, including business documents and academic papers (MLA/APA/Chicago Notes style).

*If the listed services do not precisely meet your needs, contact me—I am often willing to do a custom edit on request.

Testimonials

Here's what writers like you have said about my work.

Wondering if our styles will mesh?

No two writers are alike—and no two editors are, either. You should only work with those that understand your voice and general intent.

Here are several sample edit documents so you can judge my style and capabilities for yourself:

Still thinking it over? Submit your first 1000 words to me below, and I will edit them for free so you can get a feel for how I will help take your work to the next level.

Let's get to work

Have questions, or would like to discuss your project?

Contact me at novel.concept.editing@gmail.com.