Editing Services

“You know you are working with a good editor when after a couple pages of notes you stop reading the explanation and just hit ‘accept.’ I am VERY fortunate to be working with Chris Rhatigan. Fucking fantastic job.”— Joe Clifford, author of the Jay Porter series

“Chris Rhatigan has been indispensable as an editing partner with Full Dark City Press. His experience with writing and editing has has been a wonderful asset in getting FDC up and running. Any author needing a skilled and critical eye to look over their manuscript will be in good hands.”C. J. Edwards, publisher Full Dark City Press

I’m a freelance crime fiction and mystery editor with almost a decade of experience in the genre. From my work as co-publisher of All Due Respect Books to editing manuscripts for Fahrenheit Press and Down & Out Books, I’ve been helping writers sharpen their work so it’s ready for public consumption.

The more I know about the project you’re working on, the better I can help you. I want to know where you are in the process, where you want to go, and how you’d like to get there. With every project I work on, my goal is to strengthen your work on your terms. You should feel confident that when your book hits the virtual or physical shelves, it’s exactly what you envisioned.


This is a basic service that includes correcting errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage. If you have a manuscript that’s almost ready to go but you want to ensure that it’s free of errors, then this service is the best choice for you.

$4 per 1,000 words. For an 80,000-word novel, this service costs $320.

Line editing

This includes correcting errors plus suggestions for rephrasing awkward passages, eliminating cliches, improving word choice, enhancing clarity, and ensuring stylistic consistency. This may also include fact-checking, commentary on point of view, and suggestions for trimming extraneous material.

$6 per 1,000 words. For an 80,000-word novel, this service costs $480.

Developmental editing

This includes commentary on big-picture issues like plot structure, theme, character development, action, pacing, timeline inconsistencies, and point of view. You will receive a letter detailing the strengths and weaknesses of these elements. Note this does not include edits for grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, etc.

$8 per 1,000 words. For an 80,000-word novel, this service costs $640.

Complete editing package

This service includes line editing plus developmental editing.

$12 per 1,000 words. For an 80,000-word novel, this service costs $960.

Note that I complete every edit in Microsoft Word track changes and will send you a file that reflects all the changes I’ve made. I’ll also provide a clean copy version of the file with all changes accepted.

Also note that any project I edit will not be eligible for publication through All Due Respect Books to avoid conflicts of interest.

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