Editing & Proofreading Services
Types of Editing
Definitions are courtesy of the Editors' Association of Canada. American definitions may be slightly different.
I charge a per word rate of:
- $.02 for a content edit;
- $.015 for a copy edit;
- $.01 for a proofread.
Editing quotes will be given on a project-by-project basis. Not every manuscript that comes to me will need a content edit to start. It's been my experience that every manuscript will need at least two edits. Manuscripts that require a content edit to start, may require three readings.
Yes, I do charge for my time for each phase. Content edits take, on average, about 100 hours; copy edits about 80 hours; a proofread 40-60 hours (based on a 50,000-word manuscript). Longer manuscripts, obviously, will take longer. If more than one proofread is required, I will decide at that time whether to charge for the full manuscript proofread, or just for the text that was added.
I work on a phase-to-phase basis on editing projects because I want to make sure your manuscript is ready. Tidying up major issues through the first reading, will often unearth less noticeable issues underneath. And cutting and pasting and adding and deleting text will often result in spacing or paging issues that need to be addressed.
I don't want a "pretty good" manuscript when we're done. I want a "great" manuscript.
***Added Next Level Value: With each edit, I use a teaching editing style that will teach you story and character building techniques that you can use to enhance your future writings.