Developmental/ Evaluation/ Content Editor

$55/10k Words

Hollow Hills offers professional editing services for the indie author. We look for any inconsistencies throughout the story, time-frame errors, name changes, confusing dialogue or narrative, lack of setting or character detail, weak or unrelatable characters, missing information, plot holes, and more. We are here to ensure the story flows well, the structure is sound, and the overall story makes sense. Detailed notes are included in the manuscript whether it is a doc file or Google Docs. If the manuscript needs significant reworking, we will happily work with you and keep constant contact through email, Google docs, or Discord calls, if need be. Time frame for edits will be based on word count, and though we usually have a quick turn-around time, we want plenty of time to ensure we do a thorough job. Please do not send us a first draft that you have not read through at least twice. We will not accept newer versions after we have started work on your project. We do not accept incomplete manuscripts unless the author requests a *special* developmental edit.

Marie is an author and was beta reading for friends for years before joining Quiethouse Editing where she became a paid, professional beta reader for over two years. She has over ten years of experience assisting authors with the fine details of their manuscripts, including rewrites. Now she is an editor for self-publishers and indie authors through Hollow Hills.

Marie’s approach to editing:

My job is to help each author realize their own potential. I will not only point out weak areas of your story, but areas where you succeed in capturing my imagination. I’m not here to tear you down. I’m here to give you the nudge you may need to tell your story the best way possible. I want to help you improve your manuscript for publication. My notes are thorough, considerate, and professional, but be prepared for the truth. I am well read in many fiction genres but here are the genres I will not read: nonfiction, high fantasy with no romance, military science fiction, chick-lit, self-help. Though there may be a few exceptions, I generally will not offer edits for a genre I am not well read in, since I would be unable to give satisfactory notes to the author.

However, don’t turn away just yet! Rey would be more than happy to read the genres I do not accept. We will not decline an edit unless our simple guidelines have not been followed.

We charge $55 USD per 10k words, with a minimum of $60. For more details about Marie’s editing process, please email her at hollowhillsbooks(at)gmail(dot)com. Please make sure you put Marie – Edit in the subject line. She will be happy to answer any questions you may have, including *special* developmental edits.


Content/ Line Editor


We will do line-by-line edits with suggested corrections and chapter notes included in the manuscript. Please do not send us a first draft that you have not read through at least once. We will not accept newer versions after we have started work on your project.

Our current word wizard, Rey is an author and also instructed Composition 101 and Freelance Writing. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing. He would love to show you an example of his work before you decide to hire him. This means he will edit the first ten pages of your manuscript free of charge. You are not obligated to continue with us after that, but Rey’s amazing skill with line-editing will speak for itself.

Rey’s approach to line editing:

I am here to make sure your message is clearly conveyed to the reader. I will polish your prose by mentioning problems and suggesting changes regarding spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. I check for formatting errors, overuse of unnecessary words or phrases, and biased writing. Like Marie, I will not sugarcoat my feedback. But remember, without criticism, there’s no room for improvement.

For a full manuscript line edit, we charge $0.008 USD per word, with a non-refundable $50 deposit that will go towards the final total for services. (Deposit amount varies depending on word count.)

For more details, please email Rey at hollowhillsbooks(at)gmail(dot)com. Please make sure you put Rey – Edit in the subject line. He will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

All payments are through Paypal.


“Getting feedback from Marie Krepps was an overall satisfying experience. She’s given me a lot to think about when it comes to fixing my manuscript.”

~G. Kelly, author of Occupy Wrestling

“This was a meaningful experience and Mrs. Krepps is wonderful at her job. With a bunch of rewrites and revisions, I’m a step closer to publishing a book I can be proud of.”

~H. Kachida

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