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Drea Cohane Edits

Freelance Literary Editor

Upon completing the Publishing program at Toronto Metropolitan University, Drea started as an editorial intern at The Rights Factory and was quickly promoted to Associate Agent. With a decade of editorial experience under her belt, Drea's speciality lies in the developmental edit; if there are any structural flaws or inconsistencies - she will spot them. Having worked as a book agent, she knows what a polished manuscript looks like, and is here to help.

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Editorial Services

Piles of Books


Manuscript Assessments

Drea offers assessments on partial manuscripts (up to 8,000 words). 

Narrative Assessment of a partial MS consists of an editorial report, highlighting any major issues with plot/characters/POV and suggestions for improving the overall arc of the story.  

The cost for a narrative assessment is 

$300 CAD.

Developmental Assessment of a partial MS contains an in-depth review, addressing any structural flaws or inconsistencies in plot, characterization, pacing, voice, as well as a big picture overview. Clients receive a detailed editorial report with annotated feedback.  

The cost for a developmental assessment is $450 CAD.


General Edits

Editorial services are available for: 

  • press releases

  • website content

  • resumes and cover letters

  • social media & blog posts

The hourly rate for these services is $30 CAD.


Manuscript Editing

Drea offers full manuscript proofreading and developmental edits. Similar to the three chapter developmental assessment, the developmental edit will include annotated feedback on the entire MS, with detailed insights into any structural issues pertaining to plot/characterization/pacing/voice and will focus on finessing the overall arc of the narrative, with the end result being a polished manuscript ready for submission.

Fees are based on manuscript length:

  • up to 75,000 words: starting at $1,000 CAD

  • 75,000 to 90,000 words: starting at $1,500 CAD

  • 90,000+ words: starting at $2,000 CAD


Publishing Preparation

Editorial List - Based on your individual work, Drea will research publishing houses and/or editors that are acquiring similar works/genres and draw up a list of contacts that will be eager to receive your work.

Agent List - Based on your individual work, Drea will research agents within the publishing industry and draw up a list of agents acquiring similar works/genres who will be a good fit for your writing career.

Query Writing - Based on your individual work, Drea will produce and draft a captivating query letter that will garner active interest in your work. 

Pitch Writing - Based on your individual work, Drea will create an enthralling pitch that snappily summarizes your work and hooks your intended audience. 


All four services at a package cost of $1250 ($1500 value)

Individual Editorial or Agent List at a cost of $500

Individual Query or Pitch Writing at a cost of $250

Michael Wuitchik,

author of My Heart Is Not My Own

"I cannot recommend Drea highly enough. She is a natural and supportive editor–a big picture thinker and a strong advocate of my work."

Maureen Duffy,

author of Buried Secrets

“Drea did a developmental edit on my new psychological thriller, Buried Secrets, and my earlier novel, Lies Hidden.
From the very beginning of our working relationship, I found Drea's direction, feedback and ideas on how to make my manuscript better invaluable.
She is easy to work with and her thoughtful insights and knowledge of editing and the publishing industry are exceptional.
I can't say enough about her abilities and her support to me as a writer. She has helped me take my writing to a whole new level.
I would recommend Drea highly for any new and seasoned writer. You will not be disappointed.”

Sam Hiyate,

President of The Rights Factory

“Drea has done brilliant editorial work for the agency. She worked for the agency as an editorial and administrative assistant on a number of projects before establishing her own list. Most notable has been her work with writer Michael Wuitchik, whose draft manuscript for My Heart is Not My Own she worked on and after some solid edits, found a home for him with Penguin Canada.”


Kitchener, ON


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