Editing Services

Are you a fiction author ready to take your manuscript to the next stage? Are you looking for help tightening your sentences, catching grammatical errors, or improving the flow of your story? Maybe you’re concerned about the overuse of dialogue tags or beats. Or are you simply looking for someone to do one last proofread before you start querying or hit publish?

You’ve come to the right place! I offer varying levels of editing based on your needs.

Simply send me an email describing your project (number of words, genre, format, etc.) and your timeline. After looking at a sample of your work, I’ll give you a commitment-free quote. I won’t begin work until we’ve agreed on a price and signed a contract.

Uncertain as to what type of editing you’re looking for? Send me an email with an explanation of your project and we will go from there.

I find it helpful to provide an explanation of the different forms of editing available to you. I’m happy to answer any questions.

Copyediting

Copyediting focuses on both the overall structure of your manuscript as well as the content of each line. I will evaluate the flow and organization of your work. I will make suggestions for smoothing transitions, tightening sentence structure, word choice, and clarifying any confusing passages where necessary.

Working with a style sheet—either created by me or provided by you—I will also look at  grammar, syntax, spelling, stylistic consistency, and correct citation formatting where applicable. I will check consistency, spelling, and formatting for headings, tables, appendices, and so forth. Depending on the scope and content of the project, I may also conduct fact-checking.

Copyediting usually involves two passes and is often followed by proofreading.

Proofreading

Proofreading is the final step of editing. Most proofreading involves checking proof pages from a publisher. It can also involve a final check of a manuscript that has gone through a round or two of copyediting to make sure all edits have been incorporated and no new errors have been introduced.

Proofreading does not usually entail suggesting re-writes of sentences, changing word choice, or anything else that would substantially change the finished product. Rather, it is for minor errors such as incorrect capitalization or bad line breaks in the printed proofs.

Rates*

Basic copyediting – $.03/word

Heavy copyediting – $.05/word

Developmental editing – $.07/word

Website copyediting – $35/hour

Proofreading – $.02/word

*A final quote will be discussed and agreed upon in a contract before any work begins.

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