Services & Rates
How Can I Help You?
I provide all of the following services. Which one do you need? Often clients do not know the difference between a developmental edit and a copyedit. Hopefully these descriptions that I've provided will help you. And, you can be confident that I will keep your work private and provide a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) to ensure that your work will not be shared with anyone else—not until you are ready to share it with your audience!
You Are the Expert: Your idea and/or manuscript is your work and your product—a book, speech, presentation—or whatever it might be, but you most likely don’t have the time to write it, and that’s why you’re here. I’m here to make your work what you want it to be and to present it in a professional manner.
As your writer, I provide the expertise that will get your ideas down so that your readers can experience your ideas in your voice.
What I Provide: I take the content that you provide and do the following:
2. Manuscript Evaluation
Have you already written a book and don’t know where to start? Not sure if you need copyediting, proofreading, or developmental editing? Do you need a professional opinion that tells you more than just, “Yeah, I like it,” or “Yes, it’s good”? Then you need a professional manuscript evaluation.
While this service is generally less expensive than developmental or copyediting services (depending on manuscript length and condition), what you're paying for is my time and expertise as a professional editor.
With a manuscript evaluation, I will read your entire manuscript and give you a detailed report on strengths and weaknesses covering the same issues provided in my editing services but without marking up your manuscript as in items 3–5 below. Therefore, specific grammatical, spelling, punctuation, and other errors would not be marked. I will give you my general opinion about whether or not you even need a developmental edit or copyedit or if it is polished enough for a final proofread. This can save you time and money in the long run.
What you will receive is my honest, professional opinion. You need a thick skin to be a successful, published author. Would you rather get some constructive help and editorial advice now, in private, when it can be corrected . . . or publish and let readers give your work a bad review . . . on a public platform out in the open for the world to see?
3. Developmental Editing
Deconstruct/Reconstruct: Like constructing a precise and thorough outline, I will deconstruct and reconstruct your manuscript and look at the many parts that create the whole. I will offer advice on how to correct any organizational problems. Full analysis of the manuscript will take the following into account:
4. Copyediting & Line Editing
Technically, copyediting and line editing are two different things, but people tend to use them interchangeably. While copyediting and line editing share some of the same tasks, the primary focus of each is different. I prefer to combine copyediting and line editing unless the client prefers that specific limits be set.
Copyediting focuses on the technical aspects of your writing and hunts for errors that need to be fixed. After the manuscript is edited with regard to the plot, structure, and characters, it's time to take a closer look at every line and paragraph in the manuscript. A copyedit will look at the following:
I don't claim to be an expert in everything, but if I know or suspect an error, I’ll point it out. And, my research is meticulous. For example, I found a French language error in a linguistics book I was editing after it had been reviewed by several linguistics professors who are fluent in a variety of languages, including French.
A copyedit will point out inconsistencies and suggest slight rephrasing for the sake of clarity, but it does not include rewriting entire paragraphs or sections of text. That’s part of the previous (developmental) editing stage.
A line edit focuses on style and language. This will include things like:
Proofreading is done on a manuscript after it has received its final edit. If a manuscript has been properly edited, there shouldn’t be many things for a proofreader to find. This service requires a fresh pair of eyes to look for any typographical errors and formatting inconsistencies. As your proofreader I will look for the following:
Proofreading does not include correcting editorial mistakes that should have been addressed by the author and editor(s). As your proofreader I can point out questionable grammar and punctuation “errors,” but because there are many rules and exceptions to the rules, it often depends on the publishing house and author style. Regardless, the style used should be consistent throughout the manuscript.
My editorial rates—regardless of whether a fee is flat rate, per page, per word, or hourly—tend to fall within the ranges indicated on the Editorial Freelancers Association's Rates Chart. These should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, time frame of the assignment, degree of special expertise required, and condition of your manuscript. The industry standard for a manuscript page is 250 words.
Please contact me today and I can provide you with an accurate quote for your project once I review a sample of your manuscript or know your total project scope. Thank you.