For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for writing, grammar, and the English language. Now that I do my own writing, I have another passion: helping other writers refine their craft. At Paper Cranes, I offer a variety of support, editing, and proofreading services for writers and authors. Inquiries on services and booking can be sent to

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Beta Reading

This includes a one-time read-through of your manuscript. I will return comments on characters, plot, pacing, and logic and will answer any specific questions you may have regarding the story. I may also include notes and comments for suggested edits, though this is manuscript-specific. Grammar and proofreading will not be included, though I may make stylistic suggestions. For more extensive editing, see editing services.

Format: please only send Word files or Google Docs.

Pricing: $1 per 1000 words (example: $50 for 50,000 words)

Editing Services

I offer a free 5 page sample edit to interested writers. There is no obligation to purchase services to use this sample edit. Contact me for more information.

Second pass editing is available at a discounted price if the first pass was booked through me.

Please note: I prefer fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, and general fiction. Horror, erotica, excessive violence, and full-length nonfiction (other than proofreading) will not be accepted. However, short nonfiction (editing of any kind) and full-length nonfiction (proofreading only) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Manuscript Critiques

This is a form of developmental editing, reviewing big picture plot, subplots, and character arcs. Please note this service is only available after the author has done a few rounds of revision on their own. Books beyond book one in a series may be subject to other terms or conditions.

Pricing: $0.015 per word (example: $750 for 50,000 words)

Copyediting and Line Editing

This service combines both copyediting (fixing grammatical and punctuation errors as well as ensuring proper word usage) and line editing (refining the style of a piece of writing). Both proper grammar and style are crucial for effective communication and smooth reading. This service combines the two into one handy editing pass that will address both technical and stylistic errors.

Pricing: $0.007 per word (example: $350 for 50,000 words)


Not sure you need a full copyedit or line edit? Just need one final pass before publishing or querying? This is the service for you. In the proofreading service, I will check your piece for typos, formatting errors, and other small picture mistakes, such as punctuation. This is generally the last pass prior to publication.

Pricing: $0.004 per word (example: $200 for 50,000 words)


Need a scientist to bounce your science and logic ideas off? Want to talk biology? Good news! I can help you with that. Sessions start at 30 minutes, but arrangements can be made as needed.

Contact me for details and pricing.

Fantasy Cartography

Fantasy MapNeed a map of your world to assist readers (and yourself)? I can help! I use your input and ideas about your world to create a hand-drawn map for you to use in your works. Pricing is based on materials and desired finished products. Base price includes initial consultation, review of sketch with up to three changes, and digital image of a black-and-white map. Original map can be sent to you and/or color can be added for an additional fee.

Pricing: Base $30 for a high quality digital map in black and white, including initial consultation with the author, review of the unfinished sketch, and up to 3 changes prior to inking. Changes after inking are subject to additional charge. Contact me for more options!

About Selina

I have been writing and editing both creative and scientific writing for over a decade in my writing career, college and grad school career, and science career. Additionally, I am a current member of The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) and am currently completing the ACES editing certification through Poynter University. I have a BA in biology and a MS in neuroscience with over three years of industry experience as a pre-clinical biologist, and I have also been creating visual arts for over 20 years.