Jana Riess provides full-service developmental and line editing for authors of nonfiction, including self-help and memoir as well as academic books and “serious trade” books. For more information and author testimonials, see http://janariess.com/editing-service/.

A full line edit includes hands-on editorial work using Microsoft Word’s track changes feature, with the major focus being on clarity, organization, research, prose, and flow. To serve these ends Jana will often move or delete some material. She will also make corrections for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and usage.

Jana is happy to respond to emails and phone calls, or to edit a second draft—with the understanding that the hourly rate applies in all cases except for an initial telephone consultation of up to one hour, which is free.

Cost: $65/hour (with most projects falling between $2,000 and $3,500).

Turn-around: Jana often schedules projects one to two months in advance and takes another six to eight weeks to edit a book, depending on its length. If you know you will need a book to be edited by the end of April, for example, you would want get it on her schedule in January and get her the manuscript at the beginning of March. Jana is generally not available for editing in the month of December.

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This service is provided by Jana Riess, who since 2008 has been an editor in the publishing industry, primarily working in the areas of religion, history, popular culture, ethics, and biblical studies. From 1999 to 2008, she was the Religion Book Review Editor for Publishers Weekly, and continues to write freelance articles and reviews for PW as well as other publications. Jana also blogs for Religion News Service.

She is the author, co-author, or editor of many books, including Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor; What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as a Spiritual Guide; Mormonism for Dummies; and The Writer’s Market Guide to Getting Published. Her book The Twible: All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less . . . . Now with 68% More Humor! won first place in the non-fiction category in the Writer’s Digest Annual Self-Published Book Awards.

Jana has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Time, NewsweekPeople, the Boston Globe, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsday, among other print publications, as well as “Voice of America,” the “Today” show, MSNBC, and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Tell Me More,” and “Talk of the Nation.”

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