Editing Services

I can proofread or edit:

  • Advertisements, Brochures, Flyers, Pamphlets
  • Autobiographies and Biographies
  • Company Documents, Memos, Reports
  • Cookbooks
  • Fiction of all genres
  • Journal, Newspaper, and Magazine Articles
  • Manuals, Guidebooks, Handbooks, and How-To Books
  • Newsletters and Reports
  • Professional/Personal Correspondences and E-Mail Messages
  • Website copy
  • …and much more!

Content Editing: I will focus on the structure of an entire project to ensure cohesion and organization throughout the project. In fiction, I will check for discrepancies in the plot, character, or dialogue; and whether the theme is developed correctly, or whether the subplots are well integrated into the storyline. This is the first step in the editing process.

What you get: You will receive a 1-2 page report outlining my suggested revisions. I may also make in-manuscript notes. I will also recommend resources to assist with repeated issues in the project.

Copy Editing: As the second step in the editing process, I will ensure grammatical correctness, accurate spelling, proper language usage, clarity, and overall consistency in style. I will also check for continuity, sentence structure, paragraph lengths, word choices, missed words, and the like. This is the most commonly requested service.

What you get: In-manuscript corrections and notes using Microsoft Word’s track changes feature (or similar), as well as a clean copy with all changes made. Depending on the project, I may also include a 1-2 page report and recommended resources.

Proofreading: This is NOT editing. I will double check things like punctuation, word use (they’re vs. their), capitalization, spelling, and typographical errors. Basically, all the little things that can go wrong with a great manuscript. I will not check for content, style, plot or character discrepancies, etc. This is usually the final stage in the editing process or what some writers need after they have already gone through content and copy editing.

What you get: In-manuscript corrections and notes using Microsoft Word’s track changes feature, as well as a clean copy with all changes made.

Rates & Completion Time

For content editing, I charge $0.035 per word for the first round. If you wish to resubmit your work for further revisions, it is $0.022 per word. Copy editing is $0.018 per word. For proofreading, I charge $0.01 per word. My minimum fee is $16, so if your project is less than 500 words, my invoice to you will reflect this minimum charge.

Turnaround Time* for Content Editing and Proofreading:

If your document is: I return it within:
Less than 1,000 words 5 business days
Less than 5,000 words 10 business days
Less than 10,000 words 15 business days
Over 10,000 words turnaround time to be negotiated

*add 5 business days for Copy Editing

Please note: Some projects need a combination of all three types of editing. If that is the case, the rates and turnaround time will be negotiated separately from my usual fee schedule.

I require 25% of the total cost or the minimum fee (whichever is greater) as an upfront payment, with any remaining balance due 30 days after completion of work. There will be a 2% monthly charge after 30 days. I also require a signed agreement before beginning any work. I can provide sample work for a small charge upon request.