Editing Services

Editing Services



In addition to being an author, Lindsay is a professional freelance editor. She accepts both fiction and nonfiction projects. Of course, she loves speculative fiction but is equipped to handle most genres, including young adult contemporary, historical, thriller, suspense, romance, middle-grade fiction, and more. Lindsay offers the following editorial services for your manuscript:

  • Developmental Edit: Story-level comments on what works for your story and what doesn’t, from your characters to your structure, and how to address those issues. Some editors refer to this service as a substantive edit. It does not include line editing or proofing.
  • Line Edit: Sentence- and paragraph-level comments that address clarity, sentence structure, point-of-view errors, telling, and other common mechanical mistakes.
  • Proofread: Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and all those nitty-gritty details we’re so apt to miss in our own work.
  • Complete Edit: All of the above services. The most comprehensive, beneficial type of edit to take your project to the next level.
  • Critique: This is the most affordable service Lindsay offers. It’s similar to a developmental edit, covering such aspects as character development, plot, structure, tension, and writing voice, but contains less in-depth suggestions for fixing problems. This can be a wonderful level of editing for those getting their first “professional eyes” on a project.

Lindsay’s Experience

  • Editing professionally since 2014
  • Multi-published author at HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Gilead/Enclave Publishing
  • Previous clients include multi-published, veteran authors; those working on their first manuscripts for indie publication; and everyone in between
  • Teaches fiction, nonfiction, editing, and time management at writers’ conferences
  • Winner of the Excellence in Editing Award in 2017
  • Serves annually as a judge for multiple respected industry contests
  • Vetted member of the Christian Editor Connection
  • Featured on K.M. Weiland’s list of recommended book editors


“For my proofreading job Lindsay was prompt, professional and above all, accurate. I would not hesitate to recommend her services.”

James Scott Bell
New York Times best-selling author of Romeo’s Rules and Write Your Novel From the Middle


“I recently hired Lindsay to do the substantive editing for my newest book, The Amish Heiress. She did an incredible job and the book is doing really well on Amazon—it’s been on the best-seller lists for six weeks and I give a lot of the credit for that to Lindsay.”

Patrick E. Craig
Author of the Apple Creek Dreams series and best-selling indie author of The Amish Heiress and The Amish Princess


“Lindsay was an amazing resource for me with my book. She was able to see beyond the words that were on the page and into the heart of what I was trying to say. She literally pulled the best words out of me, words that I didn’t even know how to say without her help. I am forever grateful for the work she put in on my book. It is 173% better for it.”

Chris Morris
Author of Perfectly Abnormal and CPA for creative entrepreneurs


“Best editor ever. Kind, respectful, and professional, Lindsay is fast becoming my go-to editor, and I am plotting my budget to include her in all of my noveling schemes. She is an excellent editor!”

Michele Israel Harper
Author of Zombie Takeover and publisher at Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing


“Lindsay’s keen eye keeps my grammar in check. She’s knowledgeable on the Chicago Manual of Style, which is a huge help in my writing. She has a gift of knowing when to add tension, how to end a chapter with the temptation to keep the reader reading. I highly recommend Lindsay as a great editor.”

Jane Daly
Award-winning, multi-published author of nonfiction and fiction


“I worked with Lindsay on the second book in a series. What struck me about working with her was how invested she was in both my story and what was best for it. Lindsay read my current work in progress, then went back and read the previous book. In that process, she put herself in the reader’s shoes and discovered what was best for them. What makes Lindsay incredible is her ability to thread the needle between what will help you and your story best as an author and fully immersing herself as a reader, giving you true and honest feedback. Her feedback was perfect. The live tweets while she was reading were an added bonus.”

Christopher C. Starr
Author of the Heaven Falls series


“To say that Lindsay was a godsend would qualify as the understatement of the year! I have never met anyone who can turn a rough into a gem like Lindsay! Her amazing intellect is evident in every edit. Her didactic approach to a work, which she handles with so much grace, can only serve to make anyone a better writer. Just the in-depth research she does will keep any writer from subsequent negative scutiny from critics. I’m so blessed to have her on my team!”

Tj Hemphill
Award-winning playwright, director, and composer of Tj Hemphill Entertainment


Current Rates

Note: We calculate the per-word price using the industry standard of 250 words per page. We offer payment plans and multiple payment options to suit your needs.

  • Developmental Edit: starts at $0.03/word
  • Line Edit: starts at $0.02/word
  • Proofread: starts at $0.01/word
  • Complete Edit (developmental and line edits, plus proofing): starts at $0.04–0.06/word
  • Critique: $55/hour, average of 30–40 pages per hour.
  • The 10-Pager: $40.00. This is a complete edit for the first ten pages of your manuscript at approximately 60% off of what the usual per-word price would be. Think of it as a sample of what a full edit would feel like for your manuscript.

Discover your best story today. Contact Lindsay at Lindsay@LindsayAFranklin.com for a free consultation or to schedule your project.