(Not representative of my actual editing process.)
Wherever you are in your journey to a finished manuscript,
I can help you get to the next step.
I'm an award-winning author, editor, journalist, copywriter, and scriptwriter with twelve years of experience writing and editing for print and online outlets across North America. I’ve provided editorial services ranging from developmental edits to line edits to proofreads on a number of novels and nonfiction books, several of which have become bestsellers in their categories. I'm also an agented and published author, so I understand the process from both sides---I'll be your toughest taskmaster and biggest cheerleader, all rolled into one.
I love working with writers to help them develop ideas, shore up story structure, finetune character arcs, identify themes, punch up dialogue, sharpen prose, and hone their voice. I can help you get started on that book, identify the strengths and weaknesses of your first draft, proof your final manuscript, or polish your query letter. Whether you're just flirting with the idea of writing a novel or preparing your manuscript for submission to agents or publishers, I offer a wide range of services to help you get closer to the book you want to write. My clients are writers at all career stages, from beginner to bestseller. If you’re looking for an editor and think I might be a good fit, please get in touch! I’d love to hear about your project.
Rates and Services
I offer services for stage of the writing process, whether you're
starting at a blank Word doc or polishing your query letter.
Line editing: This is copy editing (see below) on steroids. Besides editing for grammar, punctuation, spelling, clarity, and continuity, I'll also offer suggestions on things like sentence and paragraph structure, word choice, and stylistic issues. $.015 per word
Copy editing: I will mercilessly scour your manuscript and edit for grammar, punctuation, spelling, clarity, and continuity. This option is best for manuscripts that have already undergone extensive beta reads and revisions. I won't tackle any major structural problems or voice issues, but I'll clean up and sharpen your prose. $.01 per word
Proofreading: If you just need someone to comb through your manuscript and fix your typos and grammatical errors, I’m your huckleberry. By now, your manuscript has already been revised and polished within an inch of its life and you just need someone to fix all those embarrassing typos and grammatical errors. (If I happen to notice any egregious continuity errors, I’ll be a peach and point them out at no additional charge, as long as you’ll let me make fun of you a little. Hey, quarantine is boring.) $.004 per word
The Signed Limited Edition with Foil-Stamped Cover and Custom Slipcase: This is a fancy, super nerdy way of saying "full manuscript development package." You'll get a one-hour phone consultation, an in-depth edit letter, line edits and revision notes, a final proofread before you send it out the door, and two passes on your query letter. $.08 per word
Here's what a few of my clients are saying.
“It’s become part of my routine: I never publish a book unless April Snellings has edited it. Precise, unique, and professional, April’s editing style is one where even the smallest of edits—even individual word choices—pack a wallop.”
E. Carter, Amazon bestseller
“I’ve used April Snellings for several books and projects and she’s hands-down one of the best, most talented editors (and writers) I know. I’ve hired several editors through the years and April’s in a class of her own. She’s worth every penny and more. (I’d even go so far as to say that what success I had at the beginning of my career was in large part due to her HUGE assistance.)”
S. Mitchell, Amazon bestseller
“Writing is more of a lifestyle than a career for me, but when I started seeking growth and publication, April Snellings was always involved. I’ve known her for more than half my life and I can say, without hesitation, she is one of the best, most creative, editors I’ve ever met. In addition to natural talent, it’s obvious that a lot of April’s skill comes from her industry experience through decades working her way up through the trenches as a writer and major contributor to more publications than I can afford to buy. She’s intimately familiar with the specialty genre market and its fluctuations, as well as the unspoken expectations of the executives who write the contracts and sign the checks so many aspiring writers long for. That knowledge alone makes her invaluable to anyone wanting to compete in the field. On the flip side, publishers benefit greatly from her ability to translate business to craft. Unlike other editors who may swing too timid or harsh in review, April calibrates for the individual and wastes no time explaining exactly how to refine a piece for a deadline. Aside from that, she is unnaturally tolerant of my insolent nature, chronic tardiness, and excessive commas, for all of which I pay extra.”