If I were a man, my name would be Frank. Welcome to Beta Frank editing services: where the edits come blunt and your writing gets better. I offer super-affordable editing where the author sets the price and duration of the services – not the editor.
Let’s be frank here: you care about the price before anything else.
Query/Synopsis Critiques: $5 per pass
Developmental Critiques: $10 per 2000 words (minimum 2,000 words). Includes inline comments/tracked changes. Optional developmental analysis* for $10 per 30,000 words. Recommended for excerpts/short stories or for highly polished manuscripts.
Developmental Beta Reads: $5 per 2000 words (minimum 10,000 words). Includes a developmental analysis* but no inline comments/tracked changes. Recommended for less-polished drafts or for writers who have never had a significant critique partner before.
After-Edit Workshopping: Free! After you get your edits back, I will happily answer your questions or give my thoughts on changes you are considering via email (within reason). However, please note that I do not currently offer discussion by phone for various reasons. This may come in the future at additional cost.
Other: Please contact me with any further inquiries. I’m flexible!
To get started: Please contact me to discuss your project! I’m happy to answer any questions. I accept pre-payment only (with refund possibilities) so you always know exactly what you’re getting. Feel free to start small and order more later, if you prefer. I accept payment via PayPal but can try to work around other methods. Please be aware that I round up for word count pricing.
*A developmental analysis is a summary of all comments. It’s highly recommended, but if you pay close attention to your comments, you should be okay without it.
♥ Congratulations to Stephen B. King! ♥
After a first chapter revision with Beta Frank, his book got competing offers from two boutique publishers!
♥ Congratulations to @janicefosse! ♥
After a full novel edit, her book got an offer of representation from an agent!
♥ Congratulations to @DaveWickenden! ♥
After a full novel edit, his book got two full requests from publishers!
♥ Congratulations to @AmyKitcher! ♥
After a first chapter revision with Beta Frank, her book got a full manuscript request from an agent!
♥ Congratulations to @christopheresl2! ♥
After a query pass with Beta Frank, his book got a full manuscript request from an agent!
I have had 3 other editors work on this before [Mica], but none of them did for my manuscript what [she] did. I am very, very grateful.
[Mica] gave detailed feedback, very clear, concise, and carefully structured, which covered everything from the flow of the plot down to repeated grammatical mistakes. She balanced praise with criticism fairly but didn’t hold back when identifying issues with the story. I really value her honest and incisive opinion.
I want you to hit me as hard as you can. That’s what you’re saying when you engage an editor, and Mica doesn’t flinch. The notes I got were direct and unhampered by platitudes, but far from cutting me off at the knees… she supported her notes with suggestions and truly CONSTRUCTIVE criticism…
…What [Mica] gave me left me with a clear understanding of what I needed to do to make my writing better and make it more appealing to agents and publishers. You want your work to be the best that it can be, and so does Mica. I can say without hesitation that I have found my editor, and it’s Mica Kole.
Ms. Kole’s analysis of my work was spot on. She pointed out some things that hadn’t even occurred to me after several rounds of edits! Her keen eye undoubtedly helped me to improve my work.
The critiques Mica provides contain valuable insights both detailed and thorough… Mica brings tireless effort and passion to everything she touches. The quality and maturity of my work skyrocketed because of her caring guidance and patience, for which she has my gratitude.
Too many editors feel uncomfortable giving honest and much-needed critique. Mica cuts through that facade of unfamiliarity, breaking your work down meticulously while taking great care to remember how to put the pieces back together…
… With her guidance, you’ll chop out the inane and the unnecessary from your narrative, streamlining it in ways that you didn’t think possible. At its heart, her approach forces you to confront and remember why you originally started writing in the first place: to tell great stories.
Mica’s insights electrified my writing. She picked up on so many things I didn’t realize I was doing, and gave helpful suggestions to improve not only some dodgy plot points I’d tried to coast by with, but also pointed out lazy writing habits so ingrained in my subconscious I’d stopped noticing them as bad after multiple rewrites.
She is kind without the sugary coating, so when she says something is good you know she really means it! Her criticism is always helpful, even when it’s hard to swallow, and following her suggestions has made my writing so much livelier and engaging that it was worth setting aside my ego and allowing myself to grow.
You won’t get a halfhearted beta read with Mica. She digs in deep and gives her full attention to your work, with the kind of attention to detail you would expect from a big-ticket editor. Whatever she’s charging, she should double it.
How It Works
Editing services are charged ahead of time on a per-word-count basis (or per-pass, for queries/synopses). You choose how many words or query passes you would like, you pay for that amount, and I edit up to that amount within the time frame I quote you (and I like to think I’m quick). If you want to continue onto more pages, or get a fresh critique after revision, then feel free – but if you’d rather stop entirely, that’s fine too! And if you only need help with your ending, or your middle… those word counts are for anywhere you like, as long as the words are consecutive. Flexibility is the name of the game.
Let’s be frank here: you could end up paying hundreds of dollars for a full-book edit, and only use the first 30 pages of edits because of a glaring plot hole you never saw coming. Save yourself that horror! Get your money’s worth by editing a bit at a time.
Why So Cheap?
Nowadays, you could end up paying well over $2,000 for a full-book edit, whereas an 80,000-word novel on my system would cost $400 ($200 for a beta read). Why am I so cheap?
Let’s be frank here: my testimonials are from real people who believe I helped them take their writing to the next level – but I’m still a fairly new editor as of early 2017. I am here to build rep and get a feel for the playing field. As my client, you get a good deal and great feedback – with the offset that you are the first batch of cookies. My self-employment recipe is not yet perfected.
However, I’ve already seen client success… so my prices could be going up in 2018! All the same, I find that what most authors need is great feedback from an honest voice. I can provide that at a below-market rate, and in return, I gain valuable clients and experience. It’s a win-win for everyone.
What To Expect
Good writing is no joke, and today’s market is flooded with poorly-edited tosh that isn’t worth the pixels it’s printed on. To that end, I intend to help you get better in two ways: by giving you the constructive criticism your mom’s afraid to give you (be prepared, I will hurt your feelings), and by building up the thick skin you need to help you actually improve as an author.
Therefore, keep in mind that my criticism – though always meant to be constructive – is also, on occasion, very frank. I’m not in this to bully anyone, and I love to tell you what I like as well as what I don’t like (it’s something I’m working to improve upon)… but my feedback is generally straightforward and blunt, so be warned!
- Six FULL personal manuscript requests from solid agents, plus partials
- Internship with Speilburg Literary Agency
- Query slush reader
- Blogger for the agency
- Manuscript reporting
- Bachelor’s Degree in the English Language from Michigan State University
- Concentration in Creative Writing
- Just, like, all of the good grades 🙂
- More than Two Years of Immersion in the Publishing Industry (via working from home)
- Made Top 70 of 1300 Entries in Pitch Madness 2017
- Procedural Writing for Underground Printing
- Owner of the @writevent Twitter Account (18k Curated Writer Followers and Counting)
I’m happy to critique any genre or age category, but I have the most experience with speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) in the YA and Adult genres. I am not qualified to edit straight nonfiction (creative nonfiction, such as memoir, is fine). For queries, however, I specialize in most genres, as the agency where I trained accepted everything except Westerns and screenplays.
How I Edit
Queries. I have seen hundreds of queries, and I know what makes them stink. Think of me as your first line of defense: I can take your rough or uncertain query and pit it against publishing norms. I edit queries for clarity, interest, brevity, and construction. And I’ve been accredited for good query work by @TheBookDoctors, so I know what I’m doing.
Pages. All my critiques are developmental edits. I do it as it comes: plot, voice, spelling, grammar, setting, the works (with an especially careful focus on the first page of a book). However, if your pages have glaring problems, I may hone in on those and be a bit more loose with the rest. After all, the bigger the change, the less likely that all of your text will remain (whenever you end up deleting a line, any comments on it are negated). I hope to strike a balance: to give you enough to crank out a stellar revision, but not so much as to be overwhelming or ultimately useless.
Developmental. When you purchase a developmental edit from me, it includes the ability to write me “after the edit” and bounce ideas off me. I become your CP. Whatever isn’t working, I’m there to conversationally consider ways to work out your issues. Comes with the territory, and is totally indefinite – although the longer you ask me questions, the longer responses might take. Just FYI. I’m not a god.
Synopses. I look for adherence to norms, word count, cutting opportunities, clarity, agency, and emotional arc. In general I want to help you kick out a clear, interesting, and character-driven summary of your work that fits within an acceptable word count. See this post by Susan Dennard for my favorite take on writing synopses.
Ready to Start?
Please contact me to discuss your project!