BOOK-EDITING SERVICES

If you have a completed manuscript that needs some prepublishing polish, you've come to the right place.

WHAT ARE MY BOOK-EDITING SERVICES?

These services are for writers who have a finished manuscript and who need help with any of these things: 

  • Checking and fixing character arcs, plot, structure, logic, argument, supporting evidence, etc. (developmental editing)

  • Checking and fixing flow, tone, cohesion, diction, etc., in the manuscript (line/substantive editing)

  • Checking and fixing grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. (copyediting)

  • A package with all of these services included

Note: I don't offer proofreading services (a last check for typos before publication), but I can help you find a proofreader if you'd like.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Of course, each writer and each manuscript is different. But in general, here's how each service works:

Developmental Editing (starts at $3,000; send me a sample to get a precise quote)

  • You send me the latest version of your manuscript as a Microsoft Word file.

  • I perform the developmental editing in Word with Track Changes on. I check for and fix issues such as character arcs, plot, structure (including chapter order), logic, argument, supporting evidence, etc.

  • I write you a summary of any patterns of issues I’ve found.

  • I send the edited manuscript and the summary back to you.

  • We have a one-hour phone chat to review the patterns and resolve any big questions.

  • If necessary, we repeat the previous steps until all the developmental issues have been resolved.

  • Your manuscript is now ready for substantive editing.

Substantive Editing (starts at $3,000; send me a sample to get a precise quote)

  • If you did the developmental editing with me, you take up to one week to make the necessary revisions in Microsoft Word with Track Changes on.

  • Whether or not you did the developmental editing with me, you send me the latest version of your manuscript as a Word file.

  • I review and incorporate your changes from the developmental edit (if applicable).

  • I perform the substantive editing in Word with Track Changes on. I check for and fix issues such as flow, tone, cohesion, diction, etc.

  • I send the edited manuscript back to you.

  • If necessary, we repeat the previous steps until all the substantive issues have been resolved.

  • Your manuscript is now ready for copyediting.

Copyediting (starts at $3,000; send me a sample to get a precise quote)

  • If you did the substantive editing with me, you take up to one week to make the necessary revisions in Microsoft Word with Track Changes on.

  • Whether or not you did the substantive editing with me, you send me the latest version of your manuscript as a Word file.

  • I review and incorporate your changes from the substantive edit (if applicable).

  • I perform the copyediting in Word with Track Changes on. I check for and fix issues such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, commonly confused words, etc.

  • I send the edited manuscript back to you.

  • Your manuscript is now ready for design and proofreading (which I highly recommend doing in that order in case errors are introduced during design).

Service Bundles

  • If you purchase two editing services from me (such as developmental editing + substantive editing or substantive editing + copyediting), I offer a 10-percent discount on the second service.

  • If you need more than two services, see the information for Book-Editing Package (below).

Book-Editing Package (starts at $10,000; send me a sample to get a precise quote)

  • This package includes all three levels of editing: developmental editing, substantive editing, and copyediting.

  • You send me the latest version of your manuscript as a Microsoft Word file.

  • I perform the developmental editing in Word with Track Changes on. I check for and fix issues such as character arcs, plot, structure (including chapter order), logic, argument, supporting evidence, etc.

  • I write you a summary of any patterns of issues I’ve found.

  • I send the edited manuscript and the summary back to you.

  • We have a one-hour phone chat to review the patterns and resolve any big questions.

  • You take up to one week to make the necessary revisions in Microsoft Word with Track Changes on.

  • You send me the latest copy of your manuscript as a Word file.

  • I review and incorporate your changes.

  • I perform the substantive editing in Word with Track Changes on. I check for and fix issues such as flow, tone, cohesion, diction, etc.

  • I send the edited manuscript back to you.

  • You take up to one week to make any other needed changes.

  • You send me the latest version of your manuscript as a Word file.

  • I subcontract the copyediting to another professional editor so you have multiple sets of eyes on your manuscript.

  • The copyeditor does the copyediting in Word with Track Changes on. He/she checks for and fixes issues such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, commonly confused words, etc.

  • I review the copyeditor’s work and run your manuscript through several automated checkers to catch any errors that have slipped through.

  • I send the edited manuscript back to you. 

  • Your manuscript is now ready for design and proofreading (which I highly recommend doing in that order in case errors are introduced during design).

READY TO GET STARTED?

SEND ME A SAMPLE!

If you'd like an exact price for this service, send me a sample of up to 1,000 words from somewhere in the middle of your manuscript. This gives me the best idea of what the manuscript needs so I can provide you with an accurate quote.

Disclaimer: Anything you submit here remains your intellectual property. I will perform a sample edit on that text and use it to provide you with a price quote for editing the entire manuscript from which the sample came. Your price may vary based on factors such as word count, the type of editing to be done, and the results of the sample edit.

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