Services

Not sure where to start? Try our decision tree to see where your piece might be in the process.

Our main services are listed in the ideal order of completion. We also offer several "mini" services and packages. For questions or to start the editing process, go to our Contact Page.

Structural Edit

What it is:  We edit the “story” of your manuscript. We edit for plot, character, setting, etc. All the things that make a story a story. We challenge your work and provide ideas for clarification and improvement. A structural edit is as important for nonfiction as it is for fiction, and we'll pay particular attention to pacing, ordering of chapters and sections, dialogue, and delivering on promises to readers.

Who it’s for:  Anyone who wants to make sure their story comes across on paper as awesome as it is in their head. Without a solid story, line editing and proofreading can’t do much to improve your work.

Cost:  .01¢/word

What it includes:

Highlight plot issues and suggest solutions.

Analyze point-of-view and whether or not it’s successful and consistent.

Highlight character and dialogue issues, such as a weakly-motivated character and suggest solutions.

Analyze setting, requesting additional or fewer details as appropriate and pointing out any inconsistencies.

Analyze story's genre, including nonfiction genres, and point out how it either complies with or defies that genre.

Suggest the reordering of scenes or chapters to improve plot or general flow.

Those purchasing a structural edit may opt in for a 30-minute consult with their editor for an additional $100. This gives writers the opportunity to ask additional questions or get clarification on anything in their edit after they’ve reviewed it.

Line Edit

What it is:  We edit the “language” of your manuscript. Language includes the various elements, such as writing style, syntax, point-of-view, grammar and spelling, etc. that you use to tell your story. Our line edit also includes a style guide made by our editors specifically for your manuscript to help you long after our work is done.

Who it’s for:  Those with a solid story who are now getting into the nitty-gritty of editing. Line editing ensures your story is told how it deserves to be told. A story can be great, but told poorly, it falls flat.

Cost:  .015¢/word

Point out writer crutches, such as recurring phrases used in excess.

Point out awkward syntax and POV issues and suggest rewording, including dialogue.

Point out weak or confusing metaphors and similes.

Indicate where pacing drags or rushes and suggest solutions.

Identify conflicting details, such as an unintentional character name change or description.

Point out sentence types used and possible redundancies.

Correct tense, grammar, and spelling errors.

Format manuscript according to industry standards.

Custom style guide for your manuscript.

Those purchasing a line edit may opt in for a 30-minute consult with their editor for an additional $100. This gives writers the opportunity to ask additional questions or get clarification on anything in their edit after they’ve reviewed it.

Proofread

What it is:  We edit your completed manuscript for grammar and spelling only. We make sure you don’t break grammar rules, and if you do, that they’re broken skillfully and intentionally. We catch all of those pesky typos, too.

Who it’s for:  Those ready to submit to publication or just have a final, clean copy for themselves or their loved ones. Those writers who did any significant re-writing after completing a line edit with us would benefit from a final proofread, as well. Grammar and spelling errors undercut an otherwise amazing story, so their removal is essential.

Cost:  .008¢/word

Correct tense, grammar, and spelling errors.

Format manuscript according to industry standards.

Mini Services

Manuscript Critique

What it is:  We read your story and provide a report analyzing its general strengths and areas for improvement regarding character, plot, style, language, etc.

Who it’s for:  Anyone wanting objective input about their work and ideas for where to focus rewriting efforts. Good option for those on a tight budget who want to edit their work themselves with guidance.

Cost:  .005¢/word

Those purchasing a manuscript critique may opt in for a 30-minute consult with their editor for an additional $100. This gives writers the opportunity to ask additional questions or get clarification on anything in their edit after they’ve reviewed it.

First 50 Pages

What it is:  Our normal structural or line edit services but only 50 pages’ worth of them.

Who it’s for:  Those who have a work-in-progress and want an edit on those critical first 50 pages to make sure they’re on the right track, and those who are on a tight budget but want a start on editing to help them should they decide to self-edit the rest of their work.

Cost:  structural edit .01¢/word, line edit .015¢/word

Free Sample Edit

What it is:  We’ll provide a structural edit, line edit, or proofread of the first 1,000 words of works that are at least 30,000 words in length. (Note: sample edit of a short work available here on our website for those writers of works shorter than 30,000 words)

Who it’s for:  Those who want a full edit or proofread but want to make sure we’re a good fit for them and their work before committing to paying for a full edit.

*For works under 30,000 words, please see our Short Editing Sample.

Cost:  FREE

Packages

We offer a 5% discount on services when they’re purchased in package deals.

The Spark

Includes:

Manuscript critique

First 50-page structural edit

The Flame

Includes:

One round of line editing

Proofread

The Blaze

Includes:

One round of structural editing

One round of line editing

The Inferno

Includes:

Two rounds of structural editing

One round of line editing

A final proofread after changes are incorporated by the author from the line edit

Those purchasing packages may opt in for a 30-minute consult with their editor for an additional $100. This gives writers the opportunity to ask additional questions or get clarification on anything in their edit after they’ve reviewed it.

Which Service Do You Need?

Decision Tree

We edit fiction and nonfiction of all lengths. From flash fiction to full-length novels, we’ve got you covered. We edit nearly any genre except for select topics, such as erotica, violent horror, and journeys of sexual discovery, that are outside of our scope as readers. For fiction, we’re particularly interested in fantasy, sci-fi, and literary fiction, and any crossovers therein, and we have a soft spot for these genres when they’re tackled by Christian authors who want to show Christ in their writing without being overt. For nonfiction, we love memoir, particularly memoir written in scene.

At this time, we DON’T edit:
Poems or poetry collections
Academic essays
Technical documents (procedures, manuals, etc.)
Grant proposals

For more questions, visit our FAQs or our Contact Page.

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"Working with the editors was an incredibly gratifying experience. Though we collaborated for a short nonfiction piece, every exchange grew me as a writer, whether it was due to insightful feedback or sincere encouragement. I highly recommend their services for any length of work."

~Jonathan B.

"Having worked with the Embers Igniting team on two separate projects, I have seen in action how they can take a story and make it sparkle and shine. They brought out elements in my short stories that needed attention, and then worked with me on correcting those areas. The entire process was creative and collaborative, and I always felt like they respected my heart and vision. I’m positive my stories are far better because of the attention and care the Embers Igniting team gave them."

~Mary Beth D.

"The copy editing notes that Embers Igniting  gave to my story that they published in their literary magazine were incredibly insightful; they found logical inconsistencies that I'd consistently missed. The editors at Embers Igniting  have a very sharp eye."

~Benjamin S.

Embers Igniting helped make my middle-grade chapter book shine! They are brilliant professionals who understand and truly care about good storytelling. Their meticulous and constructive line editing and proofreading services truly made all the difference. And I now have a polished, publication-ready final draft to show for it!”

~Teko B.