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Macungie, PA 18062

Website of author and professional editor Rachelle M. N. Shaw. Find information about her books, her editing services, and her blog, From Mind to Paper: On Writing and Editing.


Service Types

About the Services

I offer several editing services for a wide variety of manuscripts. While I am most familiar with YA, NA, and adult fiction, particularly in the genres of fantasy, horror, paranormal, and sci-fi, I do accept manuscripts from other categories. However, I won't accept erotica or excessively violent pieces. I have additional experience with nonfiction and technical pieces, but my services for those are extremely limited, as I much prefer editing fiction. Most nonfiction pieces I edit are articles, blog posts, and manuals/how-to books.

Although my services are catered toward indie authors, I work with traditionally published authors as well. I specialize in copy and line editing; however, a vast number of the projects I work on involve content and developmental edits.

All documents are kept completely confidential, and all rights are retained by the author. I use the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style as my style guide and do all my edits in Microsoft Word using the Track Changes feature. Edits in another software program, such as Scrivener, Google Docs, etc., are available at slightly higher rates. I am registered with the state of Pennsylvania and have been verified on Reedsy, Facebook, and Google.

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Developmental and Content Editing

I now offer full services in developmental editing for those who have completed manuscripts but are struggling with the order of the scenes or overall structure of the novel itself. I can help you tweak your outline and rearrange the elements to deliver a more captivating story. Along those same lines, most clients who opt for developmental edits also request more detailed content edits. The detailed content edits focus on fleshing out characters, the environment, and the more complex layers of the plot. That includes assessing the subplots, quality of the content, style of the narrative, dialogue, plot inconsistencies, pacing, and general sentence structure. Both developmental and detailed content editing are best suited for short stories and full-length fiction. Voice/video chats are included.

Copyediting and Proofreading

Copyediting and proofreading consists of searching for typos and correcting basic punctuation errors. It also includes checking things like grammar, spelling, and consistency of such items. This kind of editing is ideal for manuscripts and nonfiction pieces that are complete and just need final touch-ups.

Line Editing

Line editing is an in-depth look at the flow and structure of the prose. It takes into account sentence structure and variation, paragraph transitions, tense, vocabulary, dialogue usage and structure, and general flow of a piece to make the manuscript as smoothly written as possible. This type of editing is usually coupled with basic copyediting or packaged with all the previous types into the manuscript coaching service. It is used primarily for fiction, though it can be used in nonfiction as well.

manuscript Coaching — Full Editing and critique

If your novel has been worked and reworked but you’re not sure how else to improve it, this service is for you. It includes four stages of editing services (everything listed above) plus voice/video chats and guidance with outlining, author bios, blurbs, and query letters. I occasionally do some light ghostwriting in this service, but it's very limited. My goal is to coach you through your manuscript—not write it for you—and to teach you writing techniques that can be applied to future projects. It's the most detailed level of editing I can provide, and it's often the best approach for newer authors.

I provide multiple comments and examples along the way to help you better understand what works in your piece and what doesn't. I'll also address any specific or recurring stylistic issues, including filter words. The generalized comments included with this editing service cover plot, character development, and overall content. In addition to that, I create an individualized checklist during the final stages of editing based on your strengths as an author, your goals for the story, and the areas of your writing that need the most improvement. This is one of the most popular services I offer. For that reason, I usually suggest getting in touch with me as early as possible if you're interested.

Please note: I only offer these services for completed manuscripts and fiction stories in the final drafting stages. If you'd like some feedback or tips on early drafts or partial sections of your manuscript, workshops might be a more beneficial (and cheaper) option for you.

If you feel as though none of my editing services meet your needs, feel free to contact me anyway! I will do my best to get you in touch with someone who might be a better match for your project.

Classes and Workshops

New services are being added! In the near future, I'll be expanding my services to include a few online classes. In the meantime, I'm still available for booking one-on-one workshops.

Online Writing Classes (Coming soon)

In the near future, I'll be offering short e-courses for techniques to improve your writing craft and crash courses on punctuation and grammar that you can go through at your leisure. You'll have full access to the videos and any course materials that come along with it. In the meantime, you can book a one-on-one workshop by contacting me directly or using the contact form on this site. I'm completely open to requests for topics you'd like to see covered, so get in touch or shoot me a message on Facebook in the meantime!

Short story and Individual chapter Workshops

I offer one- and two-hour workshops for short stories (5,000 words or fewer) and partial manuscripts in their early stages. Similar to my manuscript coaching service, the focus in these workshops is teaching you the basics of strengthening the content of your story as well as the sentence structures within it. I do include some copyediting with the service, but it is very limited. The purpose is to teach writers how to hone their craft and edit their own work before submitting it for a full critique, which often saves you both time and money in the long run. I charge a flat rate of $60 for a one-hour session and $90 for a two-hour session.

Grammar and Punctuation Workshops

I also offer one- and two-hour workshops as crash courses in grammar and punctuation. In each, I cover your choice of any grammar or punctuation topic you'd like to improve upon. We can spend a short time on multiple topics or a longer amount of time on just a couple topics. Whatever best suits your needs is how I adapt our time. Workshops for these include short exercises where we walk through the rules and cover examples together based on the guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style. The main purpose is to help you identify your habits as a writer and familiarize yourself with the standard punctuation guidelines for fiction. The cost is $50 for a one-hour session and $75 for a two-hour session.