Our Services 

EDITING SERVICES
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Proofreading

 We will read the final copy of your manuscript after it has gone through all the previous rounds of editing to check for typos, omissions, missing words, and awkward word or page breaks. We should be the last pair of eyes to see the manuscript before it goes to print. 

If you’re looking for a copyeditor focused on checking for grammar, punctuation, and stylistic consistency, click here to be redirected to Enchanted Ink Publishing. They copy edit my books.  

Manuscript Critiques 

A good start if you’re looking for in-depth feedback on your manuscript, but not quite ready for the hands-on nature of a full, line, or copy edit. We will pay attention to the plot, structure, pacing, consistency of magic systems (if applicable), characterizations, and storylines. We offer three levels of edits.

Line Editing

We will edit to improve writing style, readability, creative content, and language use on a paragraph and sentence level. This will ensure your writing has the intended emotional impact, tone, and atmosphere for each scene and help you remove redundancies, cliches, and generalizations from your work to strengthen the prose. The purpose of this service is not to correct typos or stylistic errors, but rather focuses on improving your writing craft.

Sensitivity  Reading

We will analyze your manuscript to ensure an accurate representation of a certain marginalized group to which the author does not belong. This includes searching for stereotypes, insensitive language, cultural inaccuracies, and areas in need of more research or development. They then provide options to remedy these areas and help your book become more accurate and inclusive, thus making it appeal to a larger audience. 

Beta Reading 

We will analyze your manuscript to ensure an accurate representation of a certain marginalized group to which the author does not belong. This includes searching for stereotypes, insensitive language, cultural inaccuracies, and areas in need of more research or development. We then provide options to remedy these areas and help your book become more accurate and inclusive, thus making it appeal to a larger audience. 

Blurbs and Ghostwriting 

A blurb, also known as the back cover copy or a summary, is the amuse-bouche for the reader. A little taste of your fabulous work of art that leaves them famished and clamoring for more.   
We can also ghostwrite your blog and critique your outline or synopsis. 
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Other Services 

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What does HCP edit?


I specialize in Fairy Tale Retellings, Contemporary Romance of all types, (though I have a soft spot for LBGTQ+ Romance, as I write it myself), Historical Fantasy/Fiction, Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic, Mystery/Crime, Science Fiction. I don't work with: Erotica or Horror. For more information or to submit a genre not listed here, contact me for a free consultation.




What types of editing are there?


Manuscript Critique/Developmental/Content Editor: This is the most in-depth in terms of story. This type of editor will read your manuscript and edit for plot, character, or setting issues including realism, dimension, readability, emotional connection, development, stakes of a story, pacing, theme incorporation, and whether the final product meets reader and market expectations.

Line Editor: This type of editor helps to ensure your book has the intended emotional impact, tone, and atmosphere for each scene and gets rid of redundancies, cliches, and generalizations to strengthen the prose. The purpose of this service is not to correct typos or stylistic errors, but to improve your writing craft Create the most enjoyable reading experience for your target audience on a paragraph and sentence level.

Copy Editor: A copy editor will check for grammatical errors, incorrect punctuation, and stylistic consistency (i.e. Every time a new person speaks, you start a new paragraph. When someone is cut off, you use a dash, but if they trail off, you use an ellipsis). Most copy editors follow a style guide, which is defined in a previous #terminologythursday post. The standard style guide used for most genre fiction is the Chicago Manual of Style. I am not a copy editor. If you're looking for one, click here to be redirected

Proofreader: A proofreader will read your manuscript after it has gone through all the previous rounds of editing to check for typos, omissions, missing words, and awkward word or page breaks. They should be the last pair of eyes to see the manuscript before it goes to print.

TIP: I do not recommend sending your book to your formatter prior to sending it to a proofreader. It’s harder to fix mistakes in a PDF, ePub, or Mobi file rather than a Word document.
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Payment Policy


Prior to any payment, I sign a contract with the author concerning the terms and time frame for each project. Half of the agreed upon payment is due prior to my beginning work on the project, and the other half is due upon completion of the project, unless otherwise stated.




Cancellation Policy


The project may be cancelled up to two weeks after we begin work, and we will refund any payment over the amount of hours worked up to the time of cancellation.




Who should/should not use your editing services?


You should use our services if you are: a newbie or veteran authors with complete, polished fiction manuscripts seeking traditional or self-publication. Whether you've just finished your first round of edits and you don't know where to go next, or you're overwhelmed by feedback and need a push in the right direction, I'm here to help your book shine.

Yo;u should not use our services if you are on your first draft. Though we do edit rough drafts, please do not come to me with partial manuscripts, or first drafts. Do at least one round of self-edits before coming to us. It will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Follow @halfcalfpress on Instagram for tips on how to get started.




What do HCP's services include?


Each of our editing services include a starting questionnaire after you book, and a free ten-page sample edit so I can learn more about you as a writer, and tailor the process to your needs. Upon return of the full manuscript, you receive an in-depth editorial letter, in-text notes using MS Word's Track Changes, and a minimum of one Skype or video call to brainstorm and discuss changes.




Does HCP offer sample edits?


Absolutely! Before you book, We always do a free ten-page sample edit to make sure we are a good fit. We can also do a 50-page edit upon request for a flat fee of $65.




Why should you get a professional edit?


You only have one chance at a first impression, and even though you've toiled away for weeks, months, years, there comes a time when you are so close to the work that it's hard to imagine any flaws in it at all. Our job is to make sure the heart of your story gets communicated to your audience in the most effective, irresistible way possible.





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