Services and Costs
Standard Copy Editing
Standard (light, medium) copy editing involves correcting grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, syntax, and much more. For example, I ensure that verbs, pronouns, and nouns match in tense; check for the five c’s of writing: consistency, cohesion, comprehension, concision, and clarity; and do light fact checking if necessary.
I use the Chicago Manual of Style as a style guide unless otherwise requested.
Heavy (substantive/content/line) Editing:
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Heavy copy editing, also called substantive, content, and line editing, goes deep into improving the flow of text. In a heavy edit, I suggest rewording sentences to improve clarity and flow and to eliminate repetition. I also look for clear, fluid, and pleasant reading that conveys what you intend. I watch for awkward wording; overuse of passive voice; jargon, slang, and clichés (avoid!); and poor sentence structure.
I fact check; rearrange paragraphs, sections,and chapters if necessary; rework subheadings and chapter titles as needed; and offer suggestions on structure and organization. Occasionally, an author can inadvertently be argumentative, cite personal opinions as facts, or otherwise veer away from being professional and reader friendly. I make suggestions to correct these issues.
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. Final copy editing is a separate job and is not included in developmental editing.
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.
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An assessment provides honest feedback on what the manuscript needs to create a solid story that will keep the reader turning the page. I look for consistency in the story, 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.
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.
I edit all manner of written material, from blog posts and magazine articles to PhD dissertations and, of course, book manuscripts. My base rate is $30 an hour for copy editing and $50 per hour for developmental editing. To determine an estimate for a book manuscript, I do a sample edit on a small portion of the manuscript and determine a final estimate from that. This sample edit is completely free, of course, and it helps me to see the level of copy editing your manuscript needs. I do not provide an estimate without first seeing an unedited sample of the manuscript.
I charge $30 per hour for copy editing smaller one-off projects such as press releases, pamphlets, magazine articles, 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 $350 up front and deduct $30 for each hour as I work. This way I do not need to constantly bill you for small, frequent projects.
Please contact me to discuss scheduling a complimentary consultation and sample edit. It costs nothing to talk!
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I can sometimes accept rush projects. A rush fee of 50% is added to the base cost. A minimum of 75% of the estimate is due upon my acceptance of a rush project. Subject to availability.
Depending on the size of the project, either a 30% or 50% deposit is due on commencement of a new project. For larger projects, a second payment of 30% is due halfway through. Final payment is due on completion. Invoices are sent via PayPal, and only PayPal payments are accepted. (You do not need a PayPal account to pay through PayPal.)
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Sometimes a writer needs to cancel a project or put it on hold. If we already have a signed contract and work has commenced, the deposit will be used to cover 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 if the cancellation occurs within the contracted deadline of the project. If you cancel after the contracted deadline, the deposit is not refundable.
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