Editorial Services

For those who want to get their query and/or manuscript agent-ready, I now provide editorial services for Adult and YA (all genres, diversity welcome).

Below you will find a list of services, pricing, and testimonials (in the sidebar). My turnaround times are fast (as quickly as two weeks for certain edits), and if you need to reach me, I am always available on Facebook or via Twitter. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!


You are still welcome to book ahead, but I am fully booked for October and will be taking November off to work on personal projects. NOTE: This only applies to Content Edits, Line Edits, and The Big Shebang. I will still do query critiques and À la Carte.


Query Critique – $20

First impressions are important. A well-written query puts your manuscript’s best foot forward, providing you the biggest chance of catching an agent’s attention from the slush pile. For many, however, it can be a daunting task to condense an 80k word novel into only 250-350 words. That’s where I come in! I will work with you to create a query that commands attention. Includes up to 3 reads!

Content Editing – $300 for < 75,000 words (additional 0.008 cents for every word after)

Content Editing includes digging into the meat of your story, helping flesh out your characters, fixing any problem spots, and generally making your plot awesome!

Line Editing – $500 for < 75,000 words (additional 0.010 cents for every word after)

Maybe you are confident in the content of your book (e.g. plot, characterization, etc.), but have some concerns about the style of the writing (e.g. spelling, grammar, voice). I can help you polish your prose until your manuscript shines.

The Whole Shebang – $700 for < 75,000 words (additional 0.014 cents for every word after)

With this, your manuscript gets the royal treatment. Content editing, line editing, and I will also take a look at your query, offering any suggestions on improvement.

À la Carte – $50 for the first 5 pages

Do you have some concerns about the opening of your novel? These can be the most crucial pages in a manuscript, as they must attract and keep an agent’s interest. For a low flat rate, I will take a look at your first 5 pages, offering substantial edits (line + content).

Pricing updated as of 7/18/17

How it Works

For Line Editing, Content Editing, and The Whole Shebang, I provide a two page edit (12pt, Times New Roman, double-spaced), free of charge, before you decide to book with me. If you’re satisfied with the edits and believe we will work well together, I will book your MS. All payments will be upfront through Paypal, and I will give you an expected date of completion. I am also happy to provide updates as I work through a manuscript, if you’re curious to know where I’m at in the story.

Let’s Get Started!

Once you’ve decided on a service, please fill out the form below. I will contact you via email to discuss the details of your submission and payment.

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“Hayley has a good eye for how a project should look as a whole—she makes changes and suggestions that ultimately benefit the big picture, which is fantastic. She’s very timely in her edits and readily recognizes what I’ve done right in addition to what needs to be fixed. Hayley doesn’t hold back when I need an honest opinion, either, which makes her a terrific developmental editor. She’s like a personal trainer: spotting me as I lift the bar, but simultaneously adding weight to it because she knows I can handle it, which in turn makes the project that much stronger than it would have been otherwise.”

Charlie N. Holmberg, bestselling author of The Paper Magician series

“Hayley Stone is a talented editor because she has a keen eye for detail and a strong sense of how stories should flow. Working with Hayley helped me strengthen my story arc as well as fine tune transitions. Her line edits caught errors I missed, and she identified word choices that were problematic. Her edits include explanations so I understood why she was recommending particular changes. Simply put, Hayley’s feedback helped me take INCONCEIVABLE to a whole new level. I have no doubt my manuscript would not be on its way to publication if it weren’t for Hayley’s insightful editing.

Hayley has a real knack for editing query letters. After Hayley helped me bring more voice to my letter, I began getting requests from cold querying. I saw a marked difference in the response my letter got from agents after Hayley edited it.”

Tegan Wren, author of Inconceivable