Editorial Service


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Contact Anita Bunkley



  •  Multi-published author of historical fiction, romance, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction



  • Published by major houses: Penguin USA, HarperCollins, Kensington, and Harlequin.


Send a 1,000 word sample to as an attachment in word format.



  • Receive a Free Edit of 1000 words of your ms.


  • Receive ms. evaluation with suggested revisions.


  • Receive honest, constructive feedback with respect for the writer's voice.




Please include the following in your sample request email :

  • Author's name for use in contractual agreements. (No pen names please)
  • The contact email address to use for all commmunications
  • Phone # and website url
  • The title of  your Book, the Genre, the total Word Count of the ms.
  • Publication objectives


*Limit of one free editorial evaluation per author without a service contract.



Many of my books have appeared in Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Black Expressions Book Club, and on a variety of best-seller lists in both hardcover and paperback.

With so many years invested in the publishing industry, I understand the challenges that authors face, whether they are seasoned or novice. I have worked with many writers to help them shape their manuscripts for eventual publication.

Contact me - I'd love to be a part of your journey to publication.  

I hope that writers will trust me, as their editor, to point out both the strengths and weaknesses of their manuscript in order to target their work toward the appropriate reading audience, while maintaining the writer's unique voice and  style. 

I do not accept poetry, technical writing, stream of consciousness, or extreme/fantasy experimental writing. 



Full Editorial Service Includes assessment of:

Story concept 

Plot, Point of View, Characterizations

Structure / Format

Use of research material

Typos, missing words

Syntax, style, word usage

Revision suggestions provided 



Do not send the entire manuscript or pay a deposit prior to my review of a sample and your acceptance as a client.  

Editorial Fees start at $400.00 for a ms. of 20,000 words or less. 

Fees for manuscripts with a word count of more than  20,000 words are determined after an assessment of the manuscript.




 A Second read-through after input of editorial revisions is available for an additional charge.


All Payments via PayPal to


The Editorial Service Process


My goal is to help you grow as a writer and assist in your journey as you move your literary project to a successful literary launch!


If after reviewing and editing a sample of your work, you are selected as a client, I will send you a service contract that outlines how to submit the manuscript.


You will receive an invoice for the deposit (50% of the fee) from PayPal.  You pay the deposit and submit your ms. to me in the format as stated in the contract.


After I edit your manuscript with Visible Track-Changes/show all markup, I send the author an invoice from PayPal for the balance due on the contract.


Upon payment of the balance, I return the ms. to you with Visible Track-Changes/show all markup so that you can see the edits and make revisions on your manuscript. I will also send you a comprehensive assessment, including suggested revisions.


Turnaround time is determined by  word count and the amount of editing required.

After receipt of the edited manuscript, you do not return the manuscript to me unless you are requesting a second read-through after you have completed the revisions.  The fee for a read-through for your ms. will be stated in your contract.  


I do not provide book formatting, design, or graphic services.  I only work with text.



Prior to Submission of Your Manuscript


If you are accepted as a client, do not submit a manuscript until you have received a contract for service, have received your deposit invoice, and have paid your deposit. 


Before submitting your manuscript for editorial services, please go through it carefully to prepare it for the editorial review. Do not send a partial manuscript, a first draft, or a rough draft.  First drafts, partials, and rough drafts will be immediately returned to the author and the deposit will be refunded.


Your manuscript should be as polished as you can make it. If I previously edited a sample, the accepted editorial changes/and or suggestions in the sample should be incorporated into the manuscript. 


1. Submit the manuscript as a double-spaced, 12 point font, Text Document (.docx) attachment.  Remove all photos, graphics, cover art, charts, etc.  I only require the manuscript text.


2. Include a cover page that contains the author’s name, title of the work, genre, word count, contact info for the author, and the publishing outlet/objective for the manuscript. 


 3. Clear out or incorporate any visible editorial marks, changes/comments from previous editors.


4. Use both Spell Check and Grammar Check on your document to search for errors.


5. Indentations for paragraphs and dialogue are standard. Please standardize the spacing/ indentation/format that you prefer throughout the manuscript.  I will not alter your spacing.


6.  Review all dialogue to make sure it is in the standard/proper format. Proper dialogue format is a MUST KNOW for any writer. A manuscript with incorrectly formatted dialogue will be immediately returned to the author without correction.  Please refer to dialogue formatting in your favorite novel or follow these two examples:


Correct:  “May I come in?  I see you are busy,” she asked... (use a comma, not a period inside the quotation mark, and keep “she”  in lower case because this is all one sentence). 


 Correct: “Sure, have a seat.  How can I help you today?”she asked.  (the question mark is inside the quotation mark.  Use lower case for “she” after the question mark, or an exclamation point, as this in one continuous sentence).

7. Check for a mixture of smart quotes (”) and straight quotes (") in the document. Decide which style you want to use and make the corrections. I do not correct quotation marks.

 8.  Put characters’ thoughts in italics, not quotes. 

Example: This is a beautiful place, Tina thought. 


9. Put the titles of books, songs, movies, videos, magazines, etc., in italics, not quotation marks.  

            Example:  She was reading The New York Times. 


10.  Format the chapter and page breaks as you prefer to make them consistent.