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Dark Dove Publishing has been a leader in business and creative endeavors for over 40 years. Our extensive experience includes freelance writing, freelance editing, illustrating, business management, and working with publishing houses, publicity firms, and distribution companies. We have a variety of services available to assist authors in bringing their stories to life. We are committed to helping authors achieve success, and have extensive experience in reviewing and structuring manuscripts, mentoring young writers, creating and teaching writing workshops, and writing for newspapers and magazines. We also have expertise in playwriting, providing support to authors throughout the entire creative process. Our team of experienced professionals understand the importance of quality writing and are passionate about helping authors refine their craft. We take great pride in providing authors with the tools and guidance needed to create a successful and lasting story. From our years of involvement with the publishing industry, we have established strong relationships with publishing houses, publicity firms, and distribution companies. Our network of contacts allows us to help authors find the best publishing opportunities for their work. We also provide a variety of services such as editing, proofreading, and market analysis to ensure their work stands out from the competition. For adults, we publish romance, fantasy, science fiction, supernatural and paranormal thrillers; for children and teens, they publish picture books, chapter books, middle-grade novels and series, graphic novels, and young adult novels. At Dark Dove Publishing, we believe in the power of storytelling and strive to provide authors with the support they need to create a successful story. With over 40 years of experience, we are confident in our ability to bring authors’ visions to life.

Online Courses 

Prices Range From $1.00 to $75.00

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J.L. Slipak


  • Innovative and creative writing and editing as listed below, 

  • Thoughtful coach, mentor, instructor, and communicator,

  • Certified Freelance Writer, and Editor,

  • Contract Remote Working,

  • Associated Press Style, Chicago Style Guide, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and the Canadian Press Stylebook,

  • Medical, Legal and Architectural terminology &  knowledge,
  • In-depth research,
  • Exposure and experience in print and digital marketing,
  • Script writing,
  • Stage producing and directing,
  • published author,
  • Developmental ​Editing

  • Manuscript Evaluation

  • Manuscript Critiquing

  • Editorial Reporting

  • Substantive Editing

  • Content Editing

  • Structural Editing

  • Heavy Copyediting

  • Line Editing/Medium Copyediting/Stylistic Editing

  • Basic Copyediting/Light Copyediting

  • Proofreading

  • Reading and Reviewing/Readability



  • content creating

  • blog writing

  • articles for magazines

  • features

  • newspaper columns

  • brand articles

  • website monitoring, publishing, updating


  • Biography - from interview

  • 80,000 word Manuscript - with outline, raw, first draft

  • fiction: horror, historical romance, mystery, science fiction, adventure

  • 40,000 word - raw, first draft, middle-grade


  • there are separate charges for the following:

    • Blog post

    • SEO keyword research

    • Content marketing strategy

    • Image sourcing

    • Meta descriptions

    • Research

    • Article (over 500 words)

    • Short Newsletter Article

    • Press Release

    • Interviews

    • Technical, academic, medical or architectural articles

    • Book introductions

    • Ongoing newspaper columns

    • Website Monitoring

We charge per word, per article, per project, and by the hour depending on project.



  • Self-help books

  • Memoirs

  • Light non-fiction

  • Adult fiction:

    • horror​

    • fantasy

    • science fiction

    • mystery

    • suspense

    • romance

  • Children Fiction:

    • thrillers​

    • adventure

    • fantasy

    • science fiction

    • mystery

    • suspense

    • middle-grade, young adult

    • some chapter books

  • Types of Edits:

    • Basic Copyediting ​

    • Structural Editing

    • Substantive Editing

    • Stylistic Editing

    • Line Editing

    • Proofreading

    • Developmental Editing

    • Manuscript Evaluation

    • Manuscript Critiquing

    • Editorial Report

    • Rewriting/Book Doctoring

    • Web Content Editing

    • Reading and Reviewing/Readability


Types of Consulting J.L. Slipak Does

  • Mentoring - Groups

  • Accountability Coach

  • Writing Coach

  • Instructing Workshops

    • Adults Night School​

    • Children Youth Groups

  • Speaking Events

  • Creating Online Courses

  • Creating After School Writing Clubs



  • Overview

  • script

  • general choreography

  • characters and role outline

  • director manuals, Stage right/left

  • Runner lists

  • stage instructions

  • lighting design suggestions

  • Technical manuals: lighting and sound

  • scenery suggestions/needs

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One of the most common questions that editors face is how much to charge for their services. There is no definitive answer to this question, as different editors may have different methods of charging, different types of material they work on, different needs and expectations from their clients, and different levels of experience and expertise. However, some general factors that can influence the pricing of editing services are:

- The method of charging: Some editors charge per word, some charge per page, some charge per hour, and some charge per project. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on the type and complexity of the material, the speed and efficiency of the editor, and the clarity and consistency of the communication between the editor and the client.

- The type of material: Different types of material may require different levels of editing, depending on the purpose, audience, genre, format, and quality of the content. For example, editing a novel may involve more creative input and stylistic choices than editing a technical report. Editing a website may require more attention to layout and design than editing a print publication. Editing a scholarly article may require more knowledge of citation styles and academic conventions than editing a blog post.

- The needs of the client: Different clients may have different expectations and requirements from their editors, depending on their goals, preferences, budget, and deadline. For example, some clients may only want a basic proofreading service to catch typos and grammatical errors. Some clients may want a comprehensive copyediting service to improve clarity, coherence, consistency, and correctness. Some clients may want a substantive editing service to restructure, rewrite, or revise their content. Some clients may want a developmental editing service to provide feedback, guidance, or coaching on their content.

- The speed of the editor: The faster an editor can complete a project, the more projects they can take on, and the more income they can generate. However, speed should not compromise quality or accuracy. Editors should be realistic about how much time they need to edit a project properly and professionally. They should also communicate clearly with their clients about their availability and turnaround time.

- The experience of the editor: The more experienced an editor is, the more skills and knowledge they have to offer to their clients. Experienced editors may have higher rates than novice editors, but they may also provide higher-quality work and more value for money. Editors should be honest about their qualifications and credentials, and showcase their portfolio and testimonials to demonstrate their competence and credibility.

- The industry average: Editors should be aware of the market rates for editing services in their field or niche. They should research what other editors charge based on similar criteria as mentioned above. They should also consider factors such as location, currency, taxes, overheads, and demand when setting their rates. Editors should charge what they think is fair and reasonable for their work, but they should also be competitive and flexible to attract and retain clients.

To summarize, editors charge based on various factors that reflect their work quality, value proposition, and market position. There is no one-size-fits-all formula for pricing editing services, but there are some guidelines and best practices that editors can follow to establish their rates confidently and professionally. If you are not sure what service to ask a price quote for, click on the link below for helpful suggestions.


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