Editing Services

“You know you are working with a good editor when after a couple pages of notes you stop reading the explanation and just hit ‘accept.’ I am VERY fortunate to be working with Chris Rhatigan. Fucking fantastic job.”— Joe Clifford, author of the Jay Porter series and The One That Got Away

“I love Chris as an editor. He makes my work pop without changing my voice. After a content edit, my good guys are sharper, my bad guys are harder, and my plots are tighter. Then he takes care of the details with a copy edit. Bonus, he doesn’t b***** when I can’t get the commas in the right place. Damn, the commas…or is it damn the commas?” —  TG Wolff, author of Widow’s Run and Exacting Justice

“Chris edited my last two crime thriller novels. There is no doubt his eye for detail and intelligent approach to editing have massively improved the final product for my readers. What’s more, he achieves results while remaining sensitive to the original style and voice of the writer. I will be using him again.” —  Martin Bodenham, author of Shakedown and Once a Killer

I’m a freelance novel editor with more than a decade of experience. From my work as publisher of All Due Respect Books to editing manuscripts for Fahrenheit Press and Down & Out Books, I’ve been helping writers sharpen their work so it’s ready for public consumption.

The more I know about the project you’re working on, the better I can help you. I want to know where you are in the process, where you want to go, and how you’d like to get there. With every project I work on, my goal is to strengthen your work on your terms. You should feel confident that when your book hits the virtual or physical shelves, it’s exactly what you envisioned.

I have experience editing in all the following genres:

  • Mystery
  • Noir
  • Hardboiled
  • Cozy
  • Thriller
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-fi
  • Young adult
  • Mainstream

Drop me a line at chris.rhatigan@gmail.com to get started!


This is a basic service that includes correcting errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage. If you have a manuscript that’s almost ready to go but you want to ensure that it’s free of errors, then this service is the best choice for you.

$6 per 1,000 words. For an 80,000-word novel, this service costs $480.

Line editing

This includes correcting errors plus suggestions for rephrasing awkward passages, eliminating cliches, improving word choice, enhancing clarity, and ensuring stylistic consistency. This may also include fact-checking, commentary on point of view, and suggestions for trimming extraneous material.

$8 per 1,000 words. For an 80,000-word novel, this service costs $640.

Developmental editing

This includes commentary on big-picture issues like plot structure, theme, character development, action, pacing, timeline inconsistencies, and point of view. You will receive a letter detailing the strengths and weaknesses of these elements. Note this does not include edits for grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, etc.

$9 per 1,000 words. For an 80,000-word novel, this service costs $720.

Complete editing package

This service includes developmental editing, line editing, and copyediting. I will complete a first read for developmental editing only. Then, after you’ve had a chance to revise the manuscript, I will do a second read for line editing and copyediting. This service also includes a one-hour phone consultation.

$14 per 1,000 words. For an 80,000-word novel, this service costs $1,120.

Note that I complete every edit using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature and will send you a file that reflects all the changes I’ve made. I’ll also provide a clean copy version of the file with all changes accepted.

Note that any project I edit will not be eligible for publication through All Due Respect Books to avoid conflicts of interest.

Drop me a line at chris.rhatigan@gmail.com to get started!