Services

All services use The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, the preferred style guide in the book publishing industry, and the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Manuscripts are reviewed using the Microsoft Word Track Changes feature.


Basic Copy Editing

(two passes, expected turnaround time – up to two weeks)

The copy editor reviews for grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes, minor rewriting for the sake of clarity, and continuity errors.

Pricing: $0.012/word or $30/hour


Heavy Copy Editing

(two passes, expected turnaround time – two to four weeks)

The copy editor reviews for grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes, heavy rewriting for the sake of clarity, and continuity errors.

Pricing: $0.032/word or $40/hour


Line Editing

(two passes, expected turnaround time – two to four weeks)

Line-by-line editing focuses on paragraph structure, sentence flow, and word choice. Specifically, the line editor points out passive voice, wordiness, weak words, overused words, redundancies, inconsistencies, and repetitive sentence or paragraph structures. Includes review for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Pricing: $0.0265/word or $40/hour


Content Editing/Developmental Edit

(two passes, expected turnaround time depends on manuscript length and author’s ability to respond to first-round suggestions)

Designed to clean up an early draft, the content editor looks at the story’s structure, not the words. Deals with substantive revisions of the manuscript’s content, and points out things such as unrealistic dialogue, point of view errors, too much “telling,” flat characters, inconsistent character behavior, sagging middles, information dumps, plot holes or lack of conflict. The content editor reads the entire manuscript, and writes an in-depth analysis of strengths, and weaknesses for plots, and characters. Normally, the content editor does not correct spelling, and grammar mistakes.

Pricing: $0.036/word or $45/hour


Proofreading

(two passes, expected turnaround time – up to a week)

Usually done for a proof copy and reviews formatting issues introduced during the publishing process. These include end-of-line breaks, and spacing issues with paragraphs and sentences. Also checks for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Pricing: $0.0060/word or $35/hour


Comprehensive Editing Package

(multiple passes, expected turnaround time – until the job is done)

Works with you from an early draft to final product through a detailed, collaborative partnership. The first edit addresses strengthening content, concept, structure, pace, character development, and tone. The second edit reviews improvements, and addresses transitioning, inconsistencies, word choices, and run-on sentences. After the second edit is approved by the author, the third draft is sent to a different editor for copy editing, which addresses grammar, punctuation, spelling, typos, and continuity. A final proofread is also included.

Pricing: $0.045/word or $56.25/hour


Writing and Coaching Services

Public relations writing – $50/hour
    includes press releases, press kits, and website copy

Website copy editing – $40/hour

Public Relations Coaching – $65/hour
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