Hello! Thank you for checking out this thread! When I’m not wrangling code and trying to get my first Hosted Game, Moonrise, up and running, I’m a freelance editor and diversity reader. My experiences have led me to work on novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, fanfiction, nonfiction/academic manuscripts, handbooks, and college application essays. I’d love to add video games to that list! You can see a portfolio of my past clients’ published work here on Reedsy.
What I like to read:
My usual genres of choice are fantasy/supernatural, historical, mystery, (LGBTQ+) romance, and popular/realistic fiction featuring diverse authors and characters. Any age range is fine, including Mature. My favorite is historical fantasy. I occasionally pick up science fiction, horror, and humor.
What I can do:
Diversity Reading for Bisexuality, Catholicism, and LGBTQ+ Nerd Culture: Once known as sensitivity reading, this service helps writers add nuance and authenticity to their representation of these identities, avoid tired tropes, and defy stereotypes. Being Catholic, bisexual, and a nerd are integral parts of my identity, and I’m happy to share my experience with writers to help accurately portray people like me in fiction.
For diversity reads, I can do macro or micro edits. Macro edits would be a 2 to 5 page response letter to your whole piece, focusing on your story as a whole and evaluating the requested identity representation in it. Micro edits would be similar to line editing, where I point in text where nuance could be added. If you have specific questions or elements you’re worried about, I can address those too.
Proofreading: Grammar edits and spelling checks. Proofreading is perfect as a final polish to a well-worked game about to be published.
Copyediting: This is proofreading and then some. Grammar checks come together with advice on story organization, character consistency, sentence structures/flow, and other points that will make your game more accessible to readers. This is a basic editorial skill, but immensely helpful in transforming a good game into a great game.
Developmental editing: Have you ever had the nagging feeling that your game needs something, but you’ve run out of ideas on how to improve it? Developmental editing bites into the meat of the story. It includes in-depth analysis on story flow, characters, themes, plot, syntax/diction, and overall storytelling technique as well as suggestions to improve. This editing type leads to major revisions of a game and is perfect for first drafts.
Distilled to the essential, my style of editing centers around what you want and how you envision your story. My goal is make your story clearer and more accessible to readers.
Outside of diversity reads, the way you receive edits is up to you: I can do bullet point lists, write on the Word doc in a different color, use Track changes, or print it out, mark it up, and send back a hard copy in the mail. Whatever works for you. I prefer Microsoft Word’s Track Changes.
The cost of my services are negotiable, except for diversity reads. Diversity reads are a flat rate of $300. For any other service, my standard rate is $2.00 per page per type of edit (or $0.008 per word per read through). For example, say you have a 200 page manuscript and you’d like me copyedit it. That will cost you $2.00 x 200 which equals $400. If you want me to do copy AND developmental editing, that will be another $400, or $800 total. Again, my rates are negotiable, so if you’d prefer to pay me per hour of work or by word count, that’s fine.
I accept payments via Paypal. My Paypal Me is paypal.me/NatalieCannonUS.
If you’d like a test run my skills, I’ll edit a short piece free of charge. For any questions, a price quote on your next project, or more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again and happy writing!