Lustre Editing

Lustre Editing works with authors to help make their fiction projects the best they can be—to bring out the sparkle. A plot critique will be a narrative evaluation of character development, plot, theme, goals, motivations & conflicts, arc of romance, resolution of conflict. A copy edit will clear any punctuation issues, correct misspellings, and correct minor grammar mistakes thus creating a more polished story. In addition to the copy edit, a content edit will rearrange text to: trim excess or repetitious words, keep point of view consistent, fix dangling or misplaced modifiers, add sample description, and list story questions that arose during the review. Or if you just need a final review of a project with no input on story content. a proofread can be accomplished. (details found on Copy Edit page)

Managing Editor Linda Carroll-Bradd has 30+ years in the secretarial/administrative support field which provides her with a solid command of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. In addition, she has a combination of 20+ years working as line editor then as senior editor for two electronic publishers. Since 1998, she has been doing freelance manuscript editing for personal friends. For thirteen years, she has facilitated a critique group within a Romance Writers of America chapter and has often served as a contest judge.

Currently, we accept only fiction or narrative non-fiction projects in a wide variety of genres. We offer four separate services: Plot Evaluation, Proofread, Copy Edit, and Content Edit.

Manuscript pages are submitted in standard format: double spaced, 8-1/2×11”, 1” margins on all sides, Times New Roman 14 pt font (preferred), or Arial, Century or Courier 12 pt font, name and manuscript title in header, page numbers in header or footer. A one-page synopsis or working outline is also requested.

Procedure: After the submission (file saved as Word 2007 document or in Rich Text Format and attached to email) is evaluated and a per page or per word fee is quoted via a contract, editing will commence following receipt of a down payment of $100 for new clients (payable through PayPal). The hope and desire is the establishment of an on-going working relationship between freelance editor and authors. Therefore, the assumption is the author will gain knowledge about craft issues as a whole and individual writing tendencies in particular. Subsequent projects from the same author have the potential of being quoted at a lower rate.


From October 20 through October 27, 2019, Linda will be teaching a “Self-Editing Workshop” through Roses Colored Glasses, an online writers’ resource group. This workshop provides tips so you learn how to tighten your sentence and paragraph structure to make your writing shine! Through the use of checklists, topical lectures and structured writing/revision exercises for each lesson, she gives you tangible examples of what to look for and how to fix it.  For more information and to register, click here.