The Ultimate

Posted by Kristen House on April 26, 2018 at 12:40 PM

The Ultimate is my most in-depth, no holds barred editing service—designed to transform your manuscript into the absolute best book it can be for publication. This editing package features four passes through the manuscript: two on the developmental editing (first reading the manuscript from beginning to end while making notes for areas of improvement, then going through a second round to make those big-picture improvements), one pass for line editing, and one final pass for proofreading. This is the ultimate package for the consummate professional author, those who are serious about their writing career.

What's Included

This service includes developmental editing, line editing, and proofreading: three separate and distinct editing services, four passes through your manuscript.


    • Momentum and pacing
    • Plot consistency
    • Overall structure/structural choices
    • Story organization
    • Tying up loose ends
    • Tone and voice
    • Tense issues
    • Point of view and narrative perspective
    • “Showing” versus “telling”
    • Deleting superfluous material
    • Adding material where necessary (setting description, character development, dialogue)


    • Sentence structure
    • Clarity and sense of scenes
    • Awkward phrasing
    • Content of storyline
    • Consistency of characters and actions
    • Rhythm (ensures a mix of long and short sentences for improved flow)
    • Gerunds, nominalizations, and passive voice
    • Parallelism and correlative conjunctions
    • Breaks up too-long paragraphs
    • Includes Kindle ebook formatting


    • Spelling
    • Capitalization errors
    • Typos
    • Punctuation
    • Syntax
    • Grammatical errors
    • Word choice
    • Repetitiveness
    • Missing or repeated words
    • Eliminating unnecessary words

The Ultimate also includes an Editor's Report, a 1-page letter highlighting the most common issues I found during editing, geared toward showing you how to avoid your most common writing mistakes to become a better writer.

One-On-One Support

I take the editor-author relationship seriously, and I’m in your corner to help your book succeed. I understand you might have a ton of questions about how to succeed in the publishing world—and I can help with that! I'm available to talk about your book, the publishing industry, or simply give advice or feedback.

The Ultimate package includes:

    • unlimited e-mail support
    • two 1-hour phone consultations

When you book your Ultimate editing package, I'll set up a time with you for two separate 1-hour phone calls: one in the middle of the developmental edit (before I make the big-picture changes) and one at the end of the entire editing process.

Extra Packages

For self-publishing authors, I also offer the Self-Publishing Package, which includes ebook formatting and blurb writing services for the back cover description of your book.

For traditionally publishing authors, I offer a range of services in the Traditional Publishing Package, include writing the book’s synopsis and query letter for sending the manuscript to an agent/publisher.


The Ultimate editing package is three services, four passes over your manuscript. I do these consecutively (first developmental editing, then line editing, then proofreading), usually with a day or two break between the editing services. When I send back the manuscript, it will be completely done and 100% ready for immediate publication. 

The process generally takes me 3 to 4 weeks to complete, depending on my availability and your manuscript's length. I'm usually booked several months in advance; please e-mail me to check current availability.

If this doesn't sound like the option you want, check out my other editing packages. Ready to book, or just have a question? Contact me—I look forward to reading your manuscript!

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