As a stubborn writer and an avid reader (and all-around hopeless nerd), my passion for storytelling knows no bounds. It’s a dream to help others shape their stories so their own dreams can be achieved, using my editing expertise to help level up stories while also forging connections and a support system for writers, no matter where you are in your authorial journey.
Welcome to editing with Thoughts Stained With Ink.
Who Am I?
I’m a SFF writer who has been writing both novel-length and short story works since I was in grade school. With over half a dozen novels under my belt, dozens of short stories written, and an undergraduate degree in English (with a Master’s in Creative Writing currently in pursuit), I have learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work when it comes to writing stories in many forms.
In addition, I’ve interned for two different literary agents, including the incredible Naomi Davis. I’m very familiar with traditional publishing and how to gauge what is working and where you can improve within your manuscript. I’m also familiar with the querying process and how to write a query letter that gets noticed within the slush pile.
I’m no stranger to the self-publishing realm, either! Not only do I read current self-pubbed books often, but I’ve also worked with previous freelance editor Sione Aeschliman, was a judge twice over for SPFBO and assisted in ShoreIndie. I’ve also been a dedicated beta reader of up and coming novelists for over a decade.
With a plethora of writing and editorial experience, my roots are dug deep within the writing community. I don’t intend to just level up your story, but to become a cheerleader, support system and hopefully a friend in the process.
What I Work On
I specialize in the following genres in the adult age range:
- All subgenres
- Science Fiction
- Light or low
If any of that sounds like your work, I’d love to learn more about it! If not, I’m happy to recommend another amazing editor to help you on your writing journey.
Services and Rates
This is a basic, single read edit, where I’ll go line-by-line and search for any sneaky, lingering mistakes that might remain. This includes:
- Missing Words
- Minor formatting issues
This is meant at a last line of defense, as you’ve already done the work to make your manuscript strong, but want a final pass before querying or publication.
Rate: $0.006 per word
This is a single read edit. Here, I focus on the way the story is told, so readers don’t get caught up in stylistic errors. This includes:
- Repetition (info and word choice)
- Consistency checks
- Narrative tightening
- Word choice
This is for writers who have done a few rounds of revision, yet feel they need a deeper focus than what is offered at the proofreading level, yet not a full developmental dive.
Rate: $0.012 per word
This is an in-depth critique. It is a single read edit, focusing on the overarching story and goals. This includes:
- Character motivation
- Tense checks
This is for writers who have self-edited and perhaps completed a done of beta reading, but want more in-depth feedback. This includes an edit letter and style guide.
Rate: $0.016 per word
This is a mark up of your query letter after a single read, where I’ll help you write a concise letter that includes:
- Main character motivation and conflicts
- Double checking you’ve included genre, target audience, word count and COMPS (if applicable)
Flat rate of $25.00
This is a single read mark up of your synopsis, where I’ll ensure that it includes:
- Proper industry formatting
- Clear storyline and character arcs
- Highlight any potential concerns
- Point out questions, inconsistencies and tighten summary
- Highlight areas to include in your query letter
Flat rate of $30.00
This is a single read of a manuscript I’ve already read for you once before, after you’ve gone through edits. It includes:
- Checking for any specifically outlined concerns
- Checking implementation of suggested edits
- Marked up manuscript + email summary of remaining edits.
Rate: $0.008 per word
1st Impressions Package
This is for if you want to to focus on the traditional needs of querying, but don’t want to do a full manuscript edit. It includes:
- Mark up of 1st 50 pages
- Query letter edit
- Synopsis edit
Flat rate of $200.00
Short Story Package
Have a short story you want eyes on before sharing? This is a single read through with optional reread that includes:
- Mark up of both overarching narrative and style
- Email summary
Rate: $0.010 per word
Looked through everything and haven’t found something that meets your needs? Want to combine services?
No problem! Contact me with what you’re looking for and we can come up with a custom plan that fits your needs!
Rate: Determined at booking
- Contracts are required for any services booked under the “Full Manuscript Edits” above. Your contract will outline timeline, total amount due and completion timeline. A 20% down payment is required at the time of signing, via PayPal. The rest of the total amount will be due upon completion of the edits. Upon payment, the edits will be delivered.
- For publishing prep and packages, no contract is required. Full payment will be due upon completion.
- Payment plans are available! Please make a note in your initial inquiry/before booking if you’d like to explore this.
- I use Google Docs, making in-manuscript edits using the “suggesting” feature. All changes, edits and comments appear in green. I can use Word, if requested.
- I’ll complete freelance work during the week, M-F (and we’ll have a turnaround time for completed work sorted in the contract or at the time of booking). Saturdays and Sundays, I’ll take off from working and social media (including emails) but will respond on the following Monday! I’ll respond to emails within a week of receiving them (but usually have a 48 hour email response time).
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Feedback with Warmth and Precision
Nicole chooses her feedback with warmth and precision. She gives plenty of encouragement, while staying true to her aim of strengthening the writing. Her notes on my manuscript showed me what worked, and opened my eyes to flaws I never would have seen otherwise. My writing skills improved thanks to her, and I highly recommend her services!
Honesty is the first and most important trait I want in a editor. Nicole pulled my manuscript apart, giving me honest feedback and laying out problems I could not see before–both with line comments and an organized edit letter. She was both professional and kind, and even though there was a lot of critique, I didn’t feel like a crappy writer afterward. She pushed me to take my story to the next level and it’s better than ever thanks to her.
Made Me a Better Writer
If you are reading this, you should hire Nicole NOW. She read my novel twice and her comments were so insightful they not only made my manuscript better, they made me a better writer. She offered constructive criticism and enthusiastic encouragement in equal measure, and she really cared about the story and my characters. She’s professional, fast, funny, SO smart, and one of the most well-read people I’ve ever known. I feel privileged that she read my work, and that I get to call her my friend. Trust Nicole with your work, you won’t regret it.
Keen Eye for Detail
Nicole gave me great feedback on my first two published books! Her keen eye caught details I’d missed, and she suggested a new scene that wound up being a crucial character moment for the book’s most important relationship. She’s supportive and positive without letting you off the hook.
Knack For Finding Weak Spots
Nicole Evans has a sharp eye for developmental issues in manuscripts that are hard for the author – who is so close to the text – to identify. With a knack for finding weak spots in pacing and under-developed or inconsistent character traits, Nicole’s feedback always helped me provide strong editorial guidance to my clients. During her time as an intern with me, I relied on her expertise in her favorite genres to show me ways a book could be just a little bit stronger, giving a story that extra edge needed in a very competitive market. Nicole also learned at a rapid pace throughout her internship with me, integrating many of my own editorial strategies into her own arsenal of critical skills, such as gauging whether the book opens in exactly the right place, or whether the climaxes need a little something extra, and identifying repetitive writing habits that disrupt a reader’s seamless experience. I highly recommend her developmental services for writers preparing to query agents, submit directly to presses, or self-publish their books.
Want to work with me? Fill out the form below and let’s start chatting!
In your email, please introduce yourself and tell me about your project and your vision for it: what goals do you have, what path to publication you plan to pursue and what work have you done so far, as well as what service you’re interested in. I’m happy to provide a sample edit upon request!
Thank you so much for considering me as your editor! I’m excited to fall in love with your story and work with you! 🖤