Whether you’re self-publishing or querying, it’s a tough market out there. I want to help you have the strongest chance of getting your book on bestseller lists. A polished manuscript is key, and this requires professional editing and proofreading.
I offer five levels of editing services:
- Developmental Editing (overall story content & structure)
- Line Editing (paragraph & sentence level)
- Copy Editing (word & punctuation level)
- Bolt-on Light Content Edit (basic story content & structure)
- Proofreading (final accuracy of ready-to-publish manuscript)
If you aren’t sure what your manuscript needs, feel free to send the first 4 pages (1000 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org for an evaluation. I am willing to do sample edits up to 10 pages (3000 words).
Developmental editing is the first step after you’ve completed your manuscript. This edit takes a big picture view of the story and focuses on things like:
- Characterisation & character development
- Pacing & flow
- Point of view (POV)
It does not include editing of the writing itself, but rather aims to help the author deliver the best story they can.
Feedback will be in the form of your manuscript as a word document with comments, as well as an editorial letter detailing any patterns or issues noticed.
Price: $0.009/word [50,000 word manuscript = $450]
Line editing focuses on improving the prose for flow and readability. The purpose is not to identify errors in the manuscript, but rather to help the writer use language in a way that effectively communicates the story to the reader. This includes checking of:
- Paragraph structure
- Sentence flow & variation
- Word choice
- Showing vs. telling
- Awkward phrasing
- Weak verbs
- Consistent voice & style
Feedback will be in the form of your manuscript as a word document with comments, as well as an editorial letter detailing any patterns or major issues noticed.
Due to the extensive changes that can arise from line editing, copy editing and/or proofreading should be done afterwards.
Price: $0.008/word [50,000 word manuscript = $400]
After revisions and line edits, a manuscript needs to be checked for grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors. This step happens BEFORE you format the manuscript for publishing. Copy editing involves checking for:
- Technical consistency (spelling, capitalization, font, numerals, and hyphenation used consistently throughout)
- Missing words
Feedback will be in the form of your manuscript as a word document with corrections shown by track changes and my comments throughout. I will include an editorial letter if I notice major patterns or issues.
Price: $0.005/word [50,000 word manuscript = $250]
Bolt-on Light Content Edit
Sometimes a full-on developmental edit won’t fit into the
budget, so I offer a simple content edit service that can be added to either
the Line Editing or Copy Editing options. This includes a basic check of:
& character development
Feedback will be in the form of your manuscript as a word
document with comments, as well as an editorial letter detailing any major patterns or issues
Price: $0.001/word [50,000 word manuscript = $50] (only in
conjunction with a line editing or copy editing service)
Proofreading happens AFTER the manuscript has been formatted for publication and involves checking for typographical errors. This includes:
- Missing words
- Technical consistency
Feedback will be in the form of your manuscript as a word document with track changes showing all corrections. There should not be comments at this point, as I will not suggest major changes to the text, but I will note any big issues I catch.
Price: $0.003/word [50,000 word manuscript = $150]
Turnaround time depends on the length of the manuscript and is agreed upon in the contract. In general, proofreading or copy editing of a 50,000 word manuscript may take 3 business days, while developmental or line editing of the same manuscript might take 5 business days. “Rush” orders are negotiable and dependent on my availability.
Returning customer: 5% discount
Any fiction or non-fiction genre is welcome EXCEPT horror or anything with very graphic violence. Please warn me about any passages in your manuscript that may be disturbing.