Services and Costs
I provide a variety of editing services. Please read the descriptions below to learn about the different services I offer. If you are unsure of what you need, please contact me so we can discuss your best option.
An assessment looks for the weaknesses in a manuscript, brings attention to specific problem areas, and provides general suggestions for improvement. It does not include copy or line editing. Assessments are available for both nonfiction and fiction manuscripts.
An assessment provides honest feedback on what the manuscript needs to create a solid narrative, story, or flow to keep the reader turning the page. I look for consistency in the content, development of ideas, logical order of events or information, flow, plausibility, writing style, and other broad aspects of the manuscript.
An assessment is typically done on an early draft of the manuscript, as it can lead to substantial rewriting.
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 organizing, cutting down, or fleshing out the manuscript. I provide detailed feedback on what is missing, where more information is needed, the organization of the content, and more.
Copy editing is a separate job and is not included in developmental editing.
For standard (light, medium) copy editing, I check for and correct errors in grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation, and factually incorrect statements. I also check for technical consistency in spelling, capitalization, font usage, numerals, hyphenation, and much more. For example, are you writing e-mail in chapter 1 and email in chapter 3? Is Seattle misidentified as the capital of Washington?
A primary focus of copy editing, though, is checking for the “five C’s”: comprehension, clarity, concision, cohesion, and coherence. Is the content easy to understand? Is it clear to the reader, with no ambiguities? Is the wording concise, or is the content overly wordy? Does each sentence, paragraph, and chapter logically follow the one before? Are the ideas within the chapter or section well connected?
I work only in American English and use the Chicago Manual of Style as a style guide unless otherwise requested.
Heavy copy editing, also called substantive, content, and line editing, goes deep into improving the delivery of a book’s content and message.
Heavy editing is often needed for inexperienced writers or those who lack strong grammar and syntax skills. In addition to the editing done in standard copy editing, heavy editing improves language, reorganizes paragraphs, sections, and chapters as needed; reworks subheadings and chapter titles as needed; and includes changes to structure and organization. Manuscripts written with English as a second language often require heavy editing.
Please note that the following prices are only to give you an idea of the cost of services. A final estimate for a particular project is based on quality of writing, elements (graphics, charts, tables, etc.), unforeseen issues with the structure or content of the manuscript, and more.
General rates by word count 40k 60k 80k
Editorial assessment $500 $700 $900
Copy editing $800 $1,000 $1,350
Heavy or substantive editing $1,000 $1,350 $1,700
*Developmental editing for a work in progress is done by retainer only. Please contact me for more information.
I charge $35 per hour for copy editing smaller one-off projects, such as press releases, pamphlets, magazine articles, website content, and single blog posts (minimum one hour, then billed in 30-minute increments).
For frequent editing work on small projects such as blog posts and monthly articles, I charge a retainer fee of $300 up front and deduct $35 for each hour I work. This way you are not constantly billed for frequent small projects.