Editing Services

Praise from Clients

"Jamie reads through manuscripts with a fine-tooth comb. She has an eye for finding errors that would normally slip through the cracks, while also polishing sentence structure and flow. I cannot recommend her enough!"

- Caitlin Moss, Author of You First and To The Grave

"I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all you have done for this project. Starting with a huge POV situation, helping with a massive timeline rearrange, creating hooks at the end of chapters, cleaning up issues like outrageous animal behavior, help with Amazon, self-publishing in general, and much, much more, all with good humor, patience, and encouragement. It means so much to me to give the time and effort this thing has taken, and I thought it was almost hopeless at times. You are the very best at what you do."

-Patricia Vander Meer, Author of Artificially Yours: A Tale of Uncanny Animals

"Jamie’s fastidious editing has caught errors for me after multiple other editors have missed them. She is thoughtful, thorough, and so detail-oriented that any errors in a manuscript must be quaking in their little comma-spliced boots when they see her coming. Jamie’s an essential tool in the writer’s arsenal and the investment in her top-tier services will yield rewards in quality, satisfaction, and a pristine end product."

- Claire Cain, Author of As You Are: A Sweet Military Romance and Almost True: A Sweet Small Town Romance




Developmental Editing is a comprehensive edit that deals with big picture story elements, such as structure, style, pacing, and character development. If you have written the first draft of your book and are looking for direction before your next draft, this is the option for you. A developmental edit will provide thoughtful and detailed feedback for each chapter, and an overall editorial assessment of your manuscript. 

Rate: $.02 per word

Copyediting is an in-depth review of a manuscript to review for the following:

  • spelling and grammar
  • readability, flow of language, and sentence structure
  • continuity of characters and timelines
  • proper punctuation for dialogue tags and beats of action

This level of editing includes the creation of a style sheet for consistency throughout the manuscript, as well as fact checking/cross-referencing your details.

Rate: $.02 per word

Final Proofreading is a thorough review of a manuscript for grammatical errors and layout issues (those final 10-15 typos). This is usually done after at least one other round of editing, and after the manuscript has been formatted.

Rate: $.007 per word


*** Combo Editing Specials ***

$300 off Copyedit + Final Proofread

$500 off Developmental Edit + Copyedit


*** Returning Client Discount ***

15% off the total contract price





Jamie McGillen holds an M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University, and a B.A. in English, from Western Washington University. She has worked as a technical editor for a defense contractor, and then as an English Instructor at Highline College. She is also the author of The Rainier Series, which is historical fiction set in the Pacific Northwest. 




Areas of Interest and Experience

  • Historical Fiction
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Middle Grade
  • Memoir
  • Self-Help
  • Workbooks




Ready to book now?

If this will be our first time working together, you can send me a sample of your current manuscript to review (approximately 3,000 words). I will assess your work and provide a pricing estimate. Then, if you would like to get on my schedule, I will create a contract and send you an invoice for a deposit.

Please send all inquiries and manuscript samples to




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