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Olivia Edits specializes in sci fi and fantasy world building written by first-time authors. Founder Olivia Swenson has been working with authors for the last five years to make fiction believable, dissertations exemplary, and nonfiction engaging.

Editing Levels and Rates

I charge $40/hour unless I have a separate negotiated deal with a publisher. For a free one-hour edit, after which I’ll provide an estimated cost for your entire project, please contact me at oliviaedits2[at]gmail[dot]com. The following editing levels, from least time-consuming to most, describe what type of work will be done on your manuscript (MS).

Proofreading is the “last set of eyes” a MS sees before it is published, meaning the MS is very clean from a plot and grammar standpoint and needs a final read-through to confirm all errors have been addressed.

Copy or line editing involves working on the transitions and details of a MS that already has a solid plot line, well-developed characters, etc. Most edits will be grammatical in nature, including sentence rewrites for flow. Plot or scene holes will be identified.

Developmental or substantive editing provides detailed suggestions as to how to strengthen the MS as a whole–plot, characters, world, story arc, organization, etc. A letter to the author will be provided outlining general and specific suggestions to improve the MS.

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About Me

Books have always been an important part of my life, and I’m grateful to work my dream job as an editor, which allows me to interact with authors, managing editors, and publishers–but more importantly, their stories! After graduating from Brigham Young University in 2013 with a minor in editing, I freelanced for Zharmae (which no longer exists) while working full time. I was paid a pittance but got amazing experience developing stories/characters/worlds, finding obscure rules in the Chicago Manual of Style,  and honing my skills as an editor. In 2016, my husband Brian and I moved to Lisbon, Portugal, and I took the leap to full-time freelancing and started Olivia Edits. I only wish I had done so sooner.

While I could read all day and be happy, I also enjoy cooking (especially with food grown locally!), running (a half marathon is my favorite distance), and traveling (after our time in Europe, this has become more of an obsession rather than something I just enjoy).

I am currently a proofreader for Skyhorse Publishing, Author Bridge Media, and Rebellion Publishing and a developmental and copy editor for Boutique of Quality Books, Owl Hollow Press, Severed Press, and Curiosity Quills Press.


I love hearing from authors, editors, publishers, and everyone in between. You can use the form below or reach out at oliviaedits2[at]gmail[dot]com.