Editorial Services

I enjoy consulting on and editing other writers’ manuscripts and can offer you a very thorough review of your work-in-progress to help improve its chances of publication.

I use Track Changes in Microsoft Word and depending on your choice of services, can offer careful line edits, copy edits, and proofreading as well as general editorial suggestions and comments on the manuscript. A 30-minute phone consultation is included in all service options.


Option #1

If you prefer to receive general editorial comments on your work—incl Track Changes comments and a 30-minute phone consultation, I charge $5/page for short stories, essays, novels, and novel excerpts.

Option #2

If you prefer a more thorough editing of your manuscript—including line edits, copy edits, and proofreading—I can provide these services at an hourly rate of $75. I am an efficient, detail-oriented, and meticulous editor, “born with a red pencil in hand.” I will be happy to provide an estimate of cost in advance once I see a few pages of your writing. This option also includes a 30-minute phone call. Additional time can be added for a minimal fee.

I generally schedule phone calls between 12:00-5:00 p.m. EST on weekdays. If you need to request an evening or weekend time slot, we will work something out.

My turnaround time on short pieces is usually 1-2 weeks. Novel consultations and edits will be scheduled within a 1-2 month time period.

Please submit your manuscript to me as a Word document, double-spaced, in 12 point type, with 1 inch margins.

A 50% deposit is requested in advance. The remainder can be paid after our manuscript review is complete. You may pay via check made out to Donna Baier Stein, PayPal to [email protected], or credit card.


Donna Baier Stein is the author of The Silver Baron’s Wife (PEN/New England Discovery Award, Finalist in Foreword reviews 2017 Book of the Year Award in General Fiction and Historical Fiction categories, and Finalist in Paterson Prize for Fiction), Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist and 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Short Fiction), and Sometimes You Sense the Difference (poetry chapbook). She was a Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and publishes Tiferet Journal. She has received a Scholarship from Bread Loaf, a Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, four Pushcart nominations, and prizes from the Allen Ginsberg Awards and elsewhere. Her writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Virginia Quarterly Review, New York Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Confrontation, Gargoyle, and many other journals and anthologies.