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Reliable Referrals: Editors

Ashley Mingus

Copy Editor, Proofreader

Ashley is an experienced Copy Editor and Proofreader with a Master's in Art History. She owns and operates her own freelance editing company at AE Freelance Editing. She has experience with fiction, non-fiction, and technical writing. 

YES: Any Genre, Fiction, Non-fiction, Technical

NO: Horror

CONTACT: www.aefreelancing.com 

PRICING: $30 per 3,000 words/hour

Jeph Hargrove

Content/Developmental Editor

Jeph is an experienced Content/Developmental Editor. He has experience in fiction novels and novellas. 

YES: Literary fiction, Science Fiction, Magical Realism, Fantasy

NO: Romance

CONTACT: shadowenchantment.wordpress.com

PRICING: $35 per 3,000 words/hour

Tycho Dorian

Content Editor, Copy Editor, Cover Design

Tycho is an experienced Content/Developmental and Copy Editor, and he offers publishing consultations. He has an MA in publishing and can help new authors self-publish or indie publish their books. 

He has experience in YA and middle grade as well as adult fantasy and all fantasy sub-genres.

 

YES: He accepts YA, Middle Grade, and Fantasy/Fantasy sub-genres including Steampunk, Sci-Fi Fantasy, and High Fantasy

NO: Erotica

CONTACT: tychodorian.com

PRICING: $40 per 3,000 words/hour

Lou J Berger

Content Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader

Lou J Berger is an experienced Editor. He has experience with short stories, flash fiction, novels, and series. He is most proficient in genre fiction.

YES: He accepts Steampunk, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Westerns, Crimes, Thrillers, and more. 

 

NO: He won't edit stories where rape or pederasty takes place.

CONTACT: Lou@LouJBerger.com

PRICING: $50 to $75/hour based on project. First 5-10 pages are free and hourly estimate is based off that work. 

Looking for a service? All service providers for Author Helps have been vetted for your assurance. You will be working with an experienced and qualified professional.  

Reliable Referrals: Editors

Heidi Kraakevik

Content Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader

Heidi is a YA author with three completed novels. She has also taught English literature and writing to students from middle school through graduate levels; has directed a writing center; and has judged writing competitions, including critiques. 
 
YES: She accepts MG, YA, adult —  fantasy, sci-fi, literary fiction, romance, historical fiction, and short stories. She will also accept non-fiction and poetry.
 
NO: She will not accept — paranormal, horror, erotica, or gratuitous violence.

CONTACT: hkraakevik@gmail.com

PRICING: $40 per 3,000 words/hour

Ariel Fagiola

Copy Editor, Proofreader

Ariel is an experienced Copy Editor and Proofreader. She has experience in short stories, flash fiction, and literary fiction.

 

YES: She accepts most genres and subjects. 

 

NO: poetry, historical non-fiction, and science fiction. 

CONTACT: afagiola@gmail.com

PRICING: $35 per 3,000 words/hour

Erica Roberts

Copy Editor, Proofreader

Erica is an experienced Copy Editor and Proofreader. She has experience in fiction novels, novellas, and short stories. 

YES: She accepts all genres in fiction and formats

NO: non-fiction, technical, or trade

CONTACT: bookworm.roberts@gmail.com

PRICING: $40 per 3,000 words/hour 

Scott Kinkade

Proofreader

Scott is an experienced Proofreader at Proofread Excelsior. He has experience in a variety of genres as well as fiction and non-fiction. 

YES: He accepts all genres in fiction and formats, and some non-fiction. 

NO: Highly technical papers our journals requiring specialized terminology. 

 

CONTACT: skinkade@proofreadexcelsior.com  and 

www.proofreadexcelsior.com

 

​PRICING: $0.01/per word

Reliable Referrals: Artists

J. James McFarland

Cover Designer and Illustrator 

J. James McFarland is an experienced artist who has worked with graphic novels, cover design, and interior illustration. He has been with Spine Press & Post since 2019. 

YES: Any genre. 

NO: Contact if you are unsure. Explicitly violent and sexual are unlikely. 

CONTACT: j@jjamesmcfarland.com

jjamesdesignandillustration.com 

PRICING: Contact for quote. 

Pre-mades range around $200-$400

Tycho Dorian

Cover Designer

Tycho is also an illustrator and cover artist who specializes in eBook and print cover design.

YES: He has experience in YA, Middle Grade, and Fantasy/Fantasy sub-genres including Steampunk, Sci-Fi Fantasy, and High Fantasy

NO: Contact for details

CONTACT: tychodorian.com

PRICING: Contact for quote. Covers range from $100 to $400 depending on complexity and interior illustrations range from $50 to $250 depending on complexity. 

Colton Muheim

Cover Designer and Illustrator

Colton is an illustrator and cover artist who specializes in picture book illustrations, and eBook and print cover design.

YES: He has experience in Fantasy/Fantasy sub-genres including Steampunk, Sci-Fi Fantasy, and High Fantasy. 

NO: Explicitly sexual (porn) or racist. Contact for details on anything depicting violence. 

CONTACT: coltonmuheim@gmail.com and coltsart.com

PRICING: Contact for quote.

Pre-mades start at $250 for print and eBook bundle. Custom design starts at $400 and goes up based on complexity and design. 

Illustrations start at $100 and go up based on complexity and design. 

 
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