Sample Edits

Sometimes the hardest thing about hiring an editor is knowing if your styles and personalities will fit. That’s where a sample edit comes in.

Sample edits are provided for a line edit (no style sheet), a proofread, or a critique, although it is more difficult to get a feel for a solid critique from only a short sample of your manuscript. A sample edit is not required to commission your fully edited manuscript, but many authors are more comfortable if they know ahead of time that they are getting a good value for their money — and that their attitude and style match their editor’s — before they pay hundreds of dollars.

Here’s what you need to know about requesting a sample edit:

  • Includes the first 1250 words of your manuscript, which is five double-spaced pages. I will occasionally request a longer sample (say a full first chapter) if your project is over 50,ooo words.
  • Only provided if my calendar allows. Please contact for availability. (See bottom of page.)


Sample edits are not free. Why? Because they may take me half a day or a whole day, and it’s impossible for me to give that much work away. HOWEVER, the minimal fee for a sample edit will be applied toward the editing service of your choice if you decide to submit the full project. (Fees are not transferable to a different manuscript and are not refundable.)

Line edit sample: $20

Critique or proofread sample: $10


Contact me for information about a sample edit.

I’d hire Lea again in a heartbeat to polish my manuscripts in preparation for submission or publication. Her keen eye, experience, and attention to details, especially when working with historical manuscripts, all helped make my books the best they could be.” — Betty Bolte, author of the Ghosts of Roseville series, the historical A More Perfect Union series, and Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring, and Adventure