My specialty is editing and consulting on board game rulebooks and components, role-playing game materials, and publicity pieces related to both. Your friends and fans may be good at catching some things, but a paid, experienced editor will catch more and pay attention to every last detail. By hiring someone to look through your game with completely fresh eyes, you can simulate a new player cracking open your game for the first time. Does that rule make sense? Does this one really just need a picture to convey the meaning as clearly as possible, or can that picture be removed to allow for more space on the page? What about those obnoxious English grammar rules?
I do my best to ensure a quick turnaround rate. I don't guarantee that (unless we discuss it ahead of time!), but I strive to return projects as quickly as possible.
Send me your manuscript and I'll send an edited copy back. I'll check for standard editing issues such as grammar, punctuation, capitalization etc. This basic level is meant for manuscripts that need one more pass before being ready for publication. Games and rulebooks should have already been playtested. If your rulebook is in a rougher state, I reserve the right to quote a significantly higher price. Starts at $20/1000 words.
Thorough edits starts at $75/1000 words
This level of editing is for those who are looking for a partner to be with them throughout the process. Send me your rough manuscript (strongly preferred in a text document) and I'll edit it thoroughly for you. I'll of course check for general grammar, typos, punctuation, etc., but I'll also rewrite sentences for flow, engage in dialogue with you about confusing rules, and note spots that just need a little more attention. I'll include a style guide detailing things like capitalization (is it Action Card or action card or Action card or, for some odd reason, action Card?), italics/bold, and whatever else might help you standardize things in the future. Once that's done...I'll be at your disposal for one more full round of edits plus an additional proofreading pass of the final pdf rulebook, cards, game board, and whatever other text your game includes. Starts at $75/1000 words.