Content Editing Updates

Hi everyone!

Below is an update for my Content Editing guidelines.

I’m making some changes because I realized I was priced at about 27% of what the average was for the work I do and making roughly $4.80 an hour before taxes… yeah, math.

I did NOT make the jump to the average content and developmental edits pricing in the industry for a very specific reason: Most of us can’t afford to pay that.

Instead, I split the difference.

I do have the occasional spot open up and will look at working with new clients — especially if we’re networked somehow.

If we’re new to one another, I’ll ask to take a quick peek at it and let you know if we can schedule or if we should hold off because we’re either not a good match or the work isn’t workable enough for an edit yet at which point I’d suggest betas or CPs.

As of this post, I have an opening the end of November and potentially one in December.




Looking to get deeper cuts and stronger feedback than a beta or CP is giving you and bring your writing to the next level?

We can do that!

Check out below for my credentials, background, style, and rates.


My experience and street cred (outside my writing and writing nominations):

BA with: Lit, Creative Writing, & Education attached.
CEC from Emerson College’s Publishing Studies.
Studied in undergrad under a top editor and worked as his Jr. Editor.
Years of doing edits for fun and money because making stories stronger is a passion.


Editing Services:

Content Edit: $.01 / word

Three passes of the full manuscript touching on story and character arcs, missed opportunities, hooking and anchoring your scenes and characters, reader issues, continuity, genre fit issues, awkward phrasing, hooks, pacing, voice, clarity and readability, and anything that “stops a reader.”

In addition, some people like a post-change read for changes and opinions. This rate is at $.005/word of the updated doc.


This is NOT a copy edit. I’d expect your work to be clean enough that it’s readable, but not copy-edited. I won’t be looking at copy edits, but if I notice something repeating, I’ll point it out to address before working with a Copy Editor. I may have a CEC from Emerson, but Content is my first love.

Turnaround Time: Based on length.

Not ready to dive into a full edit but want to get all the practical experience to apply to your writing?

First Five: $100

A deep cut, three pass content edit of your first five pages that details with inline notes and a detailed edit letter your hooks (open, premise, close) & anchors, premise, story intro, character intro, voice, etc.

5 pages, NY standard formatting (which, I believe is long enough for most people – once you’re used to feedback, running with it thru the enter MS gets easier).

Turnaround time: 8 days from scheduled start for First Five. 2 weeks for extended reads.


A post about if a First Five style edit might be for you HERE.

If you’re interested, please email me at briaquinlan @ with:

  • Your genre
  • One-line blurb
  • The expected word count of full MS (even if that’s just short story/novella/full/long-full or you’re doing requesting a First Five.)


I have turned someone down because her one-line blurb was too close to a story I’m personally working on. I make sure my personal writing and editing do not overlap to protect both of our creative worlds.




Bria has everything you could want in a good critique: experience, a great eye for excellent writing, and just enough compassion not to rip your heart out as she does with your pages. By far one of the best critiques I’ve received!



Y’all- I just got my 5 pages back from Bria and she does an AMAZING job!!! This is definitely a service I need and I am so glad she is thinking about offering this as an official paid service because otherwise I would have to keep bugging her to do it for me off the books. Now that I have had the First Five Pages Content edit I can’t go back. In fact just getting it ready to send it to her made me take a hard look at what I was submitting and how an outside reader would look at it.

I admit- I was a little scared, nobody likes being criticized. But this review was perfect. All the feedback was very constructive; she had me laughing even as she was pointing out areas I need to work on. I agree with 100% of the things she suggested and it’s really making me think harder about my story. The feedback she gave me was spot on. Some stuff I already suspected and others were things I had been blind to before- total AH HA moments!

I also really appreciated that she pointed out the things that were working along with things that didn’t work. AWESOME- I would totally hire her in a heartbeat ???




I cannot speak highly enough of Bria’s editing services. I was quite nervous to use a new editor, especially considering Bria’s own personal accomplishments. From day one, Bria understood not only my stories but me as well. Her notes are thorough, detailed, and honest, yet constructive and didn’t make me want to weep. I can honestly say my books are tremendously better because of Bria. She’s prompt and sticks to her schedule and truly a dream editor to work with. If I can’t write it perfect the first time, I can trust Bria to make it the best book possible.

I understand sometimes you’re in panic mode. Scheduling people when I have other things on the calendar or taking time out of scheduled writing and/or events is sometimes possible. Contact me for panic situations and I’ll send on a costs list.


50% of your invoice will be paid in advance as a non-refundable deposit.

As a courtesy, the first time you miss your week (this means being more than 48 hours late) and wish to reschedule, 1/2 of your 50% deposit will be put toward the next scheduled week…and non-refundable.

A second time would mean we should rethink our partnership.


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