I am looking for a great editor for my 62,000 word mystery/crime novel. I have edited it many times and have had friends look over it, but I really want an editor with experience to have a go. I want to make this novel the best it can be and there may be some improvements that only a professional can help me realise.
I would like a substantive edit that primarily looks at any inconsistencies in the plot, helps me add content to flesh out any characters that need more development, keeps the text focused on the character's perspective, removes any passive text, aids me in making the story consistently gripping and clear, and helps me in bringing any scenes that are a bit lackluster to life. As I have a handful of main characters that make several appearances in perspective, I would also want my editor to help me craft a beginning that is easy to follow but doesn't scrap out on the intrigue. I would also like copy editing looking at any grammar/spelling mistakes that may have slipped through in the countless drafts. I'm really looking for someone who can help me polish this work to make it truly shine to it's full potential (which is hopefully a brilliant story).
Synopsis of novel:
[Bloody mistakes, ugly scars, and beautiful lies. A tale of corruption.
Helen Gardener is murdered on a trans-Atlantic cruise. The Diamond Royale sails from Southampton to New York with her murderer aboard. Set in the 1950s, Poisoned Waters follows the stories of seven unfortunate characters and how they are affected by her death. Was it merely an accident? Mr Phillips, the owner of the ship, and sponsor of the cruise, rules with an iron fist, in search of something or someone.
Lies spiral out of control as the suspects try to survive the final days on board. Conflicted by their sense of morals, greed, and lust, they realise what kind of people they really are. Who will rise? Who will fall? Who was Helen's murderer?]
I would like the job to be started in April. I am happy to negotiate with the editor how long they need to complete the job. Ideally, I was thinking about a month or two, with the editor updating me weekly or fortnightly on their progress. Also, anyone with historical knowledge of the 50s would be a great plus as the novel is set in that time.
If I am very happy with the price, quality and partnership, I have much more work available with other fiction novels.
I am happy to send you the first chapter of my work for you to look through (in case that changes your price). If you could send me your price, how long you think it would take you, any previous experience you've had, and an example of your work (or if you would be happy editing 1,000-2,000 words for free so I can see the way you work), that would be fantastic. The most important things for me is your price and an example of your work. I hope to find someone as passionate about great storytelling as I am! :)
Thanks for your time and consideration,