About Annetta – Editing Rates and Services

Portrait of an obsessed editor.
Portrait of an obsessed editor.

Annetta is a full-time freelance writer and editor. October 2010 saw the publication of her collection of flash fiction, “Not Nice and Other Understatements”; she published her first novel, Athena’s Promise – Book One of the Aegean Trilogy  and is currently working on Book Two of that series as well as many other projects. She has also recently publishedThe Trailer Park Tiara and Goat Incident, the first in a series about Sally Mae Riddley. Check out herAmazon Author page for more information about her work.

Hire Yourself A True Word Webber To Make Your Work The Best It Can Be

Annetta has edited and wrangled hundreds of short stories, flash fiction, novels, novellas and online serial work until her eyes have bled. She can read your story/novel, and provide you with expert advice on what to fix and how to fix it to make your work the best it can be. She is quite passionate about fiction, and has over forty years experience with the written word, although in her heart she is still nineteen and can pass for twice that on a good day and with help from Miss Clairol.

Is it broken and you can’t figure out why? Annetta can help you pinpoint the problem and help you fix it without compromising your voice or your vision. Do you need an outside Eye to pinpoint where things can be tighter, more dynamic, more polished? Annetta has that Eye (which almost lead to a career in a circus sideshow, but don’t ask her about it. She’s rather sensitive on the subject). She specializes in helping authors take their manuscript to the next level.

Her preferred genres are speculative fiction, horror, urban fantasy and the like, but no genre is out of her interest zone.

Rates and Submissions

Annetta determines her rates based on level and length of the manuscript for content editing. Interested parties should submit the first two chapters and the last two chapters of their work. She will evaluate the first chapter of your novel (or 3,000 words) at no charge. For shorter works, 15% of the story will be evaluated. A one-page summary of the piece is also requested.

Content Editing: Also known as “developmental editing”, content editing includes evaluation for:

Plot logic

Story arc


Narrative flow

Basic structure

A Client Management System (CMS) is utilized for projects. You will be issued a sign-on and you will be able to upload and download documents. An overall evaluation of the story will be provided under the “Note” tab; comments suggesting improvements and in-line edits will appear in the document. When necessary, additional notes will be found at the end of certain chapters. Your editing Goddess is available via email, chat, Twitter, Facebook, or Skype for any additional support.

Content editing also includes a fair amount of copy editing at no extra charge, but does not replace the need for a thorough copy edit. For the Queen of copy edits, contact Jennifer Wingard at The Independent Pen.

My job is not to blow smoke up your nether regions. My job is to give you an honest, unbiased, educated evaluation of your work. My job is to help you make your story the absolute best it can be. I’m not mean, but I mean business.


1. Annetta works in Word with the Track Changes option.

2. Documents should be formatted in Times New Roman 12pt, double-spaced, and include a word count and genre.

3. Unsolicited manuscripts which do not adhere to #2 will be deleted unread. Sorry.

Testimonials can be found here.

“If you do one thing right for your book, hire Annetta Ribken. Her insight, sharp eye and scary intuitive feel for plot and character is awe-inspiring. I’ve learned so much from her it’s not only made me a better writer, but taught me to love the process. I’m lucky, very lucky, to have found her and refuse to use anyone else.” ~ Patti Larsen, award winning YA author of the Hayle Coven series; the Hunted series; Blood and Gold series; Diamond City Trilogy, all available on Amazon.

“Nettah the Edditah,” as she was quickly dubbed on my website, was exactly what I needed: cheerleader, hand-holder, taskmaster, dictator. She helped me take a pretty dreadful manuscript of what I thought was three books and rework it into one, through long, grueling months. Her patience was boundless, her kindness endless, her tactfulness pretty much non-existent. In short, the perfect editor.

Without Netta I would never have been able to finish “Lovers and Beloveds (An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom #1),” nor would it have been as readable as I’m told it is now. I am a better writer for having worked with Netta, and I’m excited about our projects together in the future. If you need an editor, what are you waiting for? Hire her, and get excited about your project, too.” ~ MeiLin Miranda, author of “Lovers and Beloveds”, a Preditor and Editor winner for Best Erotic Novel 2010 and “Son in Sorrow”, both available on Amazon.

No project is too big or too small. Both fiction and non-fiction accepted. Contact Annetta at  aribken(at)wordwebberpress(dot)com for more information. Let’s talk about your book!



2 thoughts on “About Annetta – Editing Rates and Services”

  1. Hey netta, thanks for the nice comments. Good to see you’re not just a bot trying to cannibalize some clicks off my well-meaning Web identity. So just a note to say thanks very much for your kind words. Question: I feel a nordic or European inflection on your site; am I wrong?

  2. Actually, you are :) I’m in the heart of the Midwest and about as American as you can get. It’s interesting you say that.

    I loved your story. Thanks for popping by, and I hope I see you more often.

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