Depending on which service you choose, I guarantee you between two and four rounds of work on your manuscript.
Before you decide whether or not to hire me, I'll gladly edit a sample of your manuscript for free and without any obligation to you. Just ask here. If your book is 40,000 words or more, you can send me a sample of 1,000 words, and if it's under that, send me 500 words. Either will give you a good idea of what I can do for your manuscript, and I'll have a good sense of the editing needed. Then you can decide if what I do and the way I do it is what you're looking for and if you think we could work well together.
Bear in mind that I am often booked up weeks or sometimes months in advance, so contact me as early in your self-publishing journey as you can.
Please only make payments once you have an invoice!
LINE EDITING, COPY EDITING
& PROOFREADING TRIO (Most Popular)
Refine your writing and improve its overall impact on the reader, then polish and fine-tune it to make your finished book magnificent.
Your manuscript will receive four rounds of editing, consisting of two of line editing, one of copy editing, and one of meticulous proofreading. Before I start the editing process, I'll read through and report on any structural issues I may pick up. This is not a developmental edit, though.
All rounds are described below.
PRICE: (USD) 3c/word
Refine your writing and improve its overall impact on the reader.
This includes two rounds of line editing and one of basic proofreading. Before I start the editing process, I'll read through your manuscript and report on any structural issues I may pick up. It is not a developmental edit, though.
Line editing focuses on improving the clarity, flow, and effectiveness of individual sentences and paragraphs. It involves examining your manuscript to ensure that each line and sentence is well-crafted, concise, and engaging. In fiction editing, this includes the presentation and structure of dialogue.
Here are the key aspects I address:
Sentence structure: I identify awkward phrasing and restructure sentences for clarity and coherence. This may involve getting rid of run-on sentences, breaking up long sentences, or rearranging clauses to improve understanding.
Word choice and clarity: I look for ways to improve accuracy, and I eliminate unnecessary (redundant) words, phrases, or sentences. I may suggest alternative words or phrases that better convey the meaning or tone as well as ways in which to show the reader what you want to say rather than telling them.
Flow and transitions: I ensure the text moves smoothly from one point to another, avoiding abrupt shifts or disjointed connections.
Consistency: I ensure language and style throughout the document are consistent with established guidelines or style guides. For example, the use of capitals or italics and the length of someone’s hair.
Pacing and rhythm: I may suggest changes to sentence length or structure to create better flow, keep the reader engaged, or highlight important points.
Clarity and conciseness: I help eliminate unnecessary words or phrases, simplify complex sentences, and clarify ambiguous or confusing passages or phrases.
PRICE: (USD) 3c/word
Polish your writing.
This includes two rounds of copy editing and one of basic proofreading.
Note that the finish of your manuscript will not be as refined as is achieved by line editing.
Copy editing is concerned with the technical aspects of the text, including errors and inconsistencies in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. It involves a detailed sentence-by-sentence, word-by-word review of your manuscript to improve readability, accuracy, and consistency.
Here are the most common tasks I undertake while copy editing:
Correcting technical errors: I look for and correct errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation to ensure your manuscript reads smoothly and professionally.
Improving clarity: I work to make the content more easily understood, ensuring that sentences and paragraphs are well-structured, clear, concise, and logically presented.
Ensuring consistency: I make sure that the text makes consistent use of language, style, and terminology throughout, and that it follows the requirements of any style guide or publishing guidelines
Checking accuracy: I make sure that facts and information are reliable and credible
Cleaning up the text: this involves removing jargon, cliches, and redundancies to make your manuscript more reader-friendly and concise.
PRICE: (USD) 2c/word
Fine-tune your writing by making sure every i is dotted and every t is crossed!!
This includes two rounds of meticulous proofreading.
It is important to note that proofreading does not replace line and copy editing. It's the final step that focuses specifically on the technical accuracy and correctness of your manuscript. While proofreading chiefly focuses on correcting overlooked errors, it can also involve some light editing to enhance the structure or flow of the text, although this is not its primary purpose. I recommend undertaking this step after your manuscript has been through a line edit and a copy edit.
I will go through your manuscript, paying close attention to details and identifying mistakes that may have been overlooked in earlier rounds of editing. This includes:
Checking grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Standardising (or standardizing) things like the use of capitals and hyphens
Eliminating typos, incorrect word usage, and improper sentence structure
Ensuring that style guidelines have been correctly followed
Basic fact-checking, such as dates
PRICE: (USD) 1c/word