© 2019 by Joy Sephton

My line editing, copy editing, and proofreading package usually costs USD 2c per word, depending on the quality of your manuscript.

For a limited timeI'm charging USD 1½c per word

for all three.

Have a look below and see if I can help you.

Celebrating spring

in South Africa 


Line Editing *

includes copy editing & proofreading

Usual price, USD:

$0.02 (2c) 

per word

No genre restrictions apply.


I'll identify and correct:

  1. wrong or repetitive word usage

  2. cliches that don't work

  3. unsuitable tone

  4. clumsy or repetitive sentence structure 

  5. ambiguity

  6. minor inconsistencies, for example, the name of a process, or a character's eye colour

  7. ineffective paragraph structure

  8. and more

Copy Editing *

includes proofreading

Usual price, USD:

$0.015 (1½c) 

per word

No genre restrictions apply.


I'll make sure that your self-edited draft is clear, concise, and consistent, and free of 'silly' mistakes.


This includes:

  1. grammar, spelling, and punctuation

  2. typos

  3. standardising things like capitalisation and use of hyphens

  4. basic fact-checking, such as historical dates

  5. making sure the basic formatting is correct: things like paragraph spacing, indents, font, and so on. NOTE that this does not replace professional book formatting.

Proofreading *

Usual price, USD:

$0.01 (1c) 

per word

No genre restrictions apply.


I'll use the proofreading exercise to find and correct any last grammatical errors, including spelling and punctuation.


This usually takes place either after the line editing is complete, or when the professional book formatting is finished, to make sure that every aspect of the grammar is perfect.


I include both, so I'll proofread your manuscript twice.

* Important: this price is a guideline. In order to forward you a final and binding quote, I will ask you to e-mail a sample of your work to me, which I will edit/proofread free of charge and without any obligation on your part. In this way, I can more accurately judge the complexity of the editing/proofreading needed, and you can decide if what I do is what you're looking for.

See also my Terms and Conditions.