Editorial Services

I enjoy 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 general editorial suggestions and comments on the manuscript or this plus careful line edits, copy edits, and proofreading A 30-minute phone consultation is included in all service options.


Option #1

If you prefer to receive general editorial advice, including comments on the manuscript, a written evaluation, and a 30-minute phone consultation, I charge the following rates:

1-10 pages $120

11-20 pages $150

21-30 pages $180

31-40 pages $210

41-150 pages, $7/page

151+ pages, $6/page

Option #2

If you prefer a more detailed edit—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 phone time can be added for an additional fee.

I 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, Bronze winner in Foreword Reviews 2017 Book of the Year Award, more), Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist), Sometimes You Sense the Difference, and the newly released Letting Rain Have Its Say. She was a Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and publishes Tiferet Journal. Her work has been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Writer’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, New York Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals and anthologies.