The Process

Finding the perfect partner for your book can be challenging. You've worked long days and sleepless nights to make your dream a reality, and now the thought of having a third-party comb through it unnerves you. Will they change the story and make it their own? What about my voice, will it still be mine? These are some genuine concerns authors have when seeking an editor. I hope that after reading through my services below, you'll be one step closer to feeling comfortable deciding the best way to take your manuscript from draft to published masterpiece.

My services are designed to help you breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that your book is in good hands. I will walk you through all the stages of the editing process - what you should expect, what type of editing is best suited for your book, what to look for in an editor, and how to prepare yourself for the emotional and physical toll of professional editing. And by the time I'm done, your story will STILL be your story, your voice, just BETTER! 
Roots of a Woman

Roots of a Woman

"Nicole provided absolutely perfect customer service and wonderful feedback."



"Nicole was very knowledgeable and professional. She responded to all my questions in a timely manner."

The Land We Leave Behind

The Land We Leave Behind

“Nicole took heart in my work right from the start; and even offered me free and very valuable advice before quoting me a price.”

First Chapter Critique

Checks for:

The Hook

Character development


Dialogue discrepancies 


First Chapter Critique is a first step to making sure that an author's book packs the right amount of pizazz! This service is offered to help an author figure out if they'll successfully hook their readers in the first few pages of their novel. We will check for "the hook." The goal of the first chapter critique is to answer the question: Is this the kind of book that will keep readers engaged, or will they flip through the first few pages and abandon the book with a quickness? 

The Process: I offer first chapter critiques on the first 5000 words of your book. Depending on the number of words, this may include more than the first chapter, and that's fine. I will go through your submitted pages and offer a detailed report on what is working and what's not. The report is designed to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the beginning of your story and will include suggested changes you can make.    

Developmental Editing

Checks for:

Story organization


Character development


Dialogue discrepancies 

RATES BEGIN AT $0.035/Word (Fiction) and $0.045/Word (Nonfiction)

Developmental editing is a critical phase in the editing of an author’s work designed to elevate said work. It focuses on the overall content of an author’s manuscript. An editor is not just looking for spelling mistakes and misused words when doing a developmental edit. They’re looking to see whether your overall content makes sense the way that it is structured. In other words, a developmental editor looks at the whole picture. 

The Process: Developmental editing is the most detailed, comprehensive, and thoughtful editing package offered by Amma Edits. During a developmental edit, your manuscript will be deconstructed and rebuilt in the most critical of cases, but, in general, I will offer ideas to further develop your plot, in addition to detailed plot hole notes. Full chapters might be moved or deleted, paragraphs will be rewritten, moved, or deleted entirely. Characters might be tamed, given a makeover, or killed altogether. The dialogue will be refined or given some personality.

Once a manuscript has been through the developmental editing stage, it is time for line editing/ copyediting and proofreading before sending it off for publication.


Checks for:

Content & style


Gender neutrality.


Logic and clarity.

RATES BEGIN AT $0.030/Word (Fiction) and $0.040/Word (Nonfiction)

Line editing is critical to improving an author’s work and is designed to elevate said work. A line edit focuses on content, style, and use of language. An editor is not looking for spelling mistakes and misused words when doing a line edit, instead, they’re looking to see how the author uses language (creative content, writing style) to communicate their story. Line editing is typically done after a developmental edit.

The Process: During a line edit, your manuscript will be analyzed sentence by sentence for word choice, and the power and meaning of a sentence. Words might be moved around and rearranged to make better sense and sentences. Sentences might be crossed out completely or rearranged to flow into one another. Sections, where language can be improved, will be pointed out, as well as parts where the writing style is inconsistent. 


The main goal of a line edit is to make sure that your words flow into beautiful sentences that flow into exquisite paragraphs that flow into a clear and captivating story.


Checks for:

Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors


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Copy Editing: When it comes to line editing, copy editing, and proofreading, the three can sometimes overlap even though they each serve an entirely different purpose from one another. While line editing focuses on content, style, and use of language, for instance, copyediting focuses on all of those in addition to checking for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Copy editing is typically done after a line edit.

The Process: Copy editing requires a great amount of detail and knowledge/skills. It is designed to make sure that your overall content/copy is free of errors and that all facts are checked. During a copy edit, I (your editor) will analyze your manuscript for sentence structure, diction, spelling, grammar, consistency, flow, fact-checking, and punctuation.

Copy editing requires a great deal of attention to detail on both an author's part and the part of their editor.

Story Development

Helps authors develop their stories by listening to plot and story line ideas, and then guiding authors on how to script those ideas into words that flow from page to page.

Manuscript Review

Involves reading through an author's manuscript and suggesting changes and ways to improve the overall structure and flow of the content while clarifying its message.

Editorial Assessment

Offers editorial strategies and advice to authors who need it. This involves reviewing content and brainstorming the best ways to salvage its essence and make it better.