Services and Costs

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Quality copy editing is more affordable than you think.
I copy edit all manner of written material, from blog posts to PhD dissertations and, of course, book manuscripts. I charge $25 per hour for large project copy editing, $30 per hour for small projects, and $50 per hour for developmental editing. I charge $250 for manuscript assessments up to 60,000 words, $350 for assessments on manuscripts between 60,000 and 100,000 words, and $500 for manuscripts over 100,000 words. This fee is applied to future copy editing of the manuscript within six months of the date of the assessment. (See descriptions of services below.) For copy editing services, after doing a sample edit of your manuscript, I provide a final estimate for the project. I set a time ceiling, so even if I go over my estimate, you will not be charged more. 
For regular editing work on small projects, such as blog posts and monthly articles, a retainer fee of $350 is charged up front. This way I do not need to constantly bill you for small, frequent projects.
Castle ruins, Samobor, Croatia

Castle ruins, Samobor, Croatia

Please contact me to discuss scheduling a complimentary consultation and sample edit. It costs nothing to talk!

Standard Copy Editing:

Standard copyediting involves correcting grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, syntax, and much more. I ensure that verbs, pronouns, and nouns match in tense and number; check for consistency, cohesion, comprehension, and clarity; and do light fact checking. I make suggestions for improving writing style, word choice, and organization. I generally use the Chicago Manual of Style unless otherwise requested.

Heavy (substantive) Copy Editing:

Playing with elephants in Thailand

Playing with elephants in Thailand

Heavy copy editing goes deeper into improving the flow of text. In a heavy edit, I polish and reword sentences to improve clarity and flow and to eliminate repetition, awkward wording, overuse of passive voice, and poor sentence structure.
I fact-check, rearrange paragraphs and sections if necessary, and rework subheadings and chapter titles as needed. Occasionally authors can become inadvertently argumentative in their writing, cite personal opinions as facts, use inappropriate slang or jargon, or otherwise veer away from being reader friendly. I make suggestions to correct these problems.

Developmental Editing:

Developmental editing is the process of helping you plan, structure, and develop your manuscript. It can be done in the early stages of writing or after you have a substantial amount written but need help in organizing, cutting down, or fleshing out the manuscript. Final copy editing is a separate stage, but the cost is reduced for this process if I also did developmental editing for your project.

Manuscript Assessment:

White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

An assessment pinpoints the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript, brings attention to specific problem areas, and provides general suggestions for improvement. It does not include line or copy editing. 

An assessment provides honest feedback on what the manuscript needs to create a solid story that will keep the reader turning the page. 

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Rush Projects

Please note that I can sometimes accept rush projects. A rush fee of 50 percent is added to the base cost. A minimum of 75 percent of the estimate is due upon my acceptance of a rush project.

Payment Options:

Depending on the size of the project, either a 30 percent or 50 percent deposit is due upon commencing a new project. For larger projects, a second payment of 30 percent is due halfway through. Final payment is due upon completion. Invoices and receipts are sent via PayPal, and only PayPal payments are accepted. (You do not need a PayPal account to pay through PayPal.)
If you want to make a deposit or other payment right now, you may use the PayPal button below.

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Cancellation Fee

Sometimes a writer chooses to cancel a project or put it on hold. If we have already signed a contract and work has commenced, your deposit will be charged for work done up to that point or a minimum fee of 25 percent of the total estimate, whichever is greater. Any remaining deposit will be refunded. Should you reactivate the project at a later date, a partial credit will be applied for the fee already paid.


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