Services and Prices

One hour consultation – $75

  • Sometimes you just need someone to point you in the right direction or act as a sounding board. I’m happy to be that person. Whether you need advice on the business of publishing, marketing your book, concept development, or any of the myriad other issues that can come up around writing, I’m happy to talk. (If we decide to work together, this initial fee will be prorated based on one of the following fee structures.)

Editing – per project based on a $50/hour basis

  • Depending on your manuscript’s needs, I can do high-level developmental editing, line editing, and/or light copyediting. I will read a sample of your work to see what level of editing you need and whether our timelines and working styles are a match, then I will quote you a total price estimate for your project.

Ongoing consulting services—package rates based on a $60/hour basis

  • • While I aim to customize my services based on each client’s needs, here are a few examples of what I can do for you:
    • • Concept development: I will help you take your book from a rough idea to outline to execution—all with an eye to your future platform and the marketability of your writing.
    • • Querying: I will help you navigate the agent querying process by helping you craft a compelling query letter and keep a database of whom you’ve sent to and where.
    • • Marketing: While I am no longer actively running marketing campaigns myself, I would love to consult with you on best practices in the industry and collaborate on creatives to help reach your target audience.
    • • Event planning: With publishers drawing back from traditional tours, it’s up to authors to set up their own book events. I will coordinate bookstore outreach, book travel, and coordinate with your publisher’s publicity team to help sell your book effectively and economically.

My price packages are as follows (the more hours you buy, the more you save)

  • • 5 hours for $300
  • • 8 hours for $450
  • • 10 hours for $550
  • • 18 hours for $1000

Testimonials

"I just wanted to thank you for giving me feedback on the first fifty pages of my work...Your input made my editor and I realize there was too much backstory up front, especially in Chapter One. We are now working on revising the story. Chapter One has now gone from seven pages to one and a half.

I didn’t think it was possible, but it works! After this pass, I’m sure I will have something I will be proud to show agents."

– Barb Cottrell, author

“Zoe is the book whisperer. She has a wealth of knowledge about the publishing industry and knows what agents and publishers want. I highly recommend Zoe for any writing projects.”

– Ursula Ringham, Book Author

"Zoe is an extremely smart and talented publishing professional. She worked with me on the book launch for one of my novels. She has the intelligence and creativity and calm to help you tame the creative and publication beast. You are in good hands."

– Douglas Abrams, Author and Agent

"Zoe Quinton is a gifted editor with a true eye for the craft. Her thoughtful, insightful edits on my manuscript allowed me to take the story to the next level. Because of our partnership I was able to sign with one of my top choices in literary agents—I cannot recommend her services highly enough.”

– Erica Ruth Neubauer

"Authors don’t want just to be read—we want to deliver books with impact, which read impeccably well. To that end, anything that would get in the way of our message and meaning should get pruned with exceptional care and expertise. To be a great editor, one must first be an astute reader, which is why when you trust Zoe with your manuscript or outline, rest assured you'll remove that which might get in your way, or find suitable replacements. In this regard, you'll have done one right thing to help you reach your goal of not only being read but genuinely being well-received.”

– NYT-bestselling author

"I came to Zoe with a memoir of a family member largely written, but needing the attention of an outside person and a professional editor. Joining a writing group was suggested, but then a colleague gave me Zoe’s name. Since I had a full manuscript written I thought going to an editor was the better choice. I am so glad I made this choice. Zoe effectively took on a number of roles with my piece: developmental editor, copy editor, and general enthusiast for the project. Uncertain if my mixture of biographical story, family critique, reflections and speculations on events, and bits of cultural history made sense or succeeded in saying what I wanted, I needed help. Zoe gave me guidance on how best to put this together, suggesting cuts and re-organizations. She also challenged me to be vulnerable in my writing, not always easy. Zoe quickly became someone I trusted with my work as well as feeling like a friend. Once I found myself finished with the memoir I was ready to suggest future projects so we could continue working together. What more can one ask of an editor?"

– Janis Ost, MA
Teacher, author, Victim’s Advocate