Fiction and Nonfiction Editing Services

RATES:

A number of factors affect pricing, so we’ll discuss those and I’ll complete a free sample edit before I provide a solid quote for work.

Wordcount, subject matter and complexity, fiction versus nonfiction, and how clean or rough the writing starts out will all influence the cost. My rates are currently as follows:

  • Proofreading: $.0075* to $.0125 per word
  • Copyediting / line editing (the most variable in terms of time and complexity) Starting at $.0125 per word for light copyediting, $.015 for medium, and $.0175 for heavy copyediting/line editing. Up to two hours of post-edit revision review or other follow-up is included; additional will be billed at an hourly rate.
  • Manuscript critique: $.0125 per word
  • Nonfiction/Business content editing: $.02 to $.04 per word based on initial review/sample edit of material. Includes light line editing. 

*Reserved for manuscripts which have been professionally copyedited

(Looking for Developmental editing for your novel? I can refer you to some excellent dev editors – just ask!)

I require a deposit before beginning work, and the remainder is due at time of delivery unless other arrangements have been made. Questions? Email me or use the form on my Contact page!

 

Available Services:

Copyediting
You’re confident that your manuscript is solid – the plot or subject matter is covered in a complete and cohesive way, your voice is distinct, your characters are vibrant and three-dimensional. Now how about that grammar and punctuation? The part of your brain that creates worlds, adventures, conspiracies, and passionate romances is not the same part that remembers where the apostrophes go, if you spelled your character’s name Fishburg or Fishberg, or whether Chad put his wallet in his pocket or on the table. That’s the job of a copy editor. I will correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, capitalization, sentence structure, dialogue tags, and word usage (just to name a few!), and leave comments and suggestions regarding clarity, consistency, continuity, language or repetition.
Proofreading
Proofreading is ideal for work that’s been reviewed and revised previously, or any other document that just needs a fresh pair of eyes to do a final check for misspellings, simple grammatical errors, or misplaced punctuation marks that evaded the eyes of the writer and/or editor who has been working with it intensely. This is the least expensive option, involves the least intervention, and usually occurs after formatting and before going to print (or e-print, as the case may be).
Manuscript Critique
Have you finished your first draft and aren’t sure what to do next? Want to know if you’re on the right track in terms of plot, characters, tone, and other big-picture aspects? When doing a manuscript critique I’ll read your book wearing two hats—both a reader’s and an editor’s—and provide both broad and specific feedback describing what’s working, what’s not, and examples of each to help guide you in your next draft.

This type of review is also available for non-fiction books, but only for those subjects in which I have sufficient experience and familiarity; these include personal finance, small business entrepreneurship, spirituality, lifestyle, and self-help/personal development.

MY APPROACH:

My approach to each project is customized according to your needs. We’ll discuss what stage the manuscript is in, whether it’s been beta-read or edited previously, what your objectives and expectations are, and any questions you have for me. The next step is a brief sample edit, to see if we’ll make a good team and enjoy working together.

The process works something like this: After we’ve sorted out the details, I’ll provide the agreed-upon service and return the manuscript to you with corrections, comments and suggestions added using Track Changes. I’ll be available to discuss the notes or answer any questions via email or Skype, and after you’ve incorporated my feedback I can complete a second round of editing or proofreading, if needed, or just a final clean-up of the file to remove notes and editing marks. I’ll send you a fresh unmarked copy of the updated manuscript, which will then be ready for the next step in your process.