Proofreading and Editing Service

I will edit your manuscriptWhen your book goes on sale, you want readers and reviewers to be consumed in the enjoyment of your story — not having their attention diverted by errors.

I will provide you with cost effective Proofreading and Copy-Editing services for all genres of fiction and non-fiction and all lengths, from short stories to full-blown novels.

I am also the author/publisher of three independently published novels, and several non-fiction ebooks, so you can be assured I know firsthand the importance of having your manuscript professionally proofread and copy edited. Believe me, your readers will notice the errors that can easily slip through even the most committed self-editing.

My speciality is proofreading/editing indie books for self-published authors. I will work with you to make your novel as polished and error-free as possible. I have a degree in English Language as well as more than three decades of experience as a writer, proofreader, and editor. Be aware though that Proofreading and Editing are two separate and distinctive services.

All editing is done electronically in MS Word using the “track changes” feature, which allows authors to accept, modify, or reject all my suggested edits.

The reference books I work with are: The Chicago Manual of Style and, to a lesser extent, the Associated Press Style Book. I don’t stray far from their grammar and punctuation views. I only resort to other reference books when The Chicago Manual of Style doesn’t address my question. At The Chicago Manual of Style’s suggestion, I use the Merriam-Webster Dictionary when I need to look up spellings, hyphenations, and definitions.

I am an ex-pat Brit, long-time US resident so I am very familiar with both American and British conventions.

I have more than three decades of experience as an editor and proofreader, as well as a First Class Degree in English Language.

Services and Rates

Proofreading

  • Check for misspellings
  • Missing or misuse of punctuation
  • Grammatical errors
  • Typographical errors
  • Repeated or omitted words and phrases
  • Make a final check for duplicate words (e.g. the the), homophones (e.g., two, to, too), minor formatting issues, and spacing
  • Each proofread will receive two passes before being sent back to the author
  • Per Word Rates: $0.005/word (for example: $50/10,000 words)
  • Hourly Rates: $35/hour. 8/250 word pages per hour
  • Turnaround time: One to two weeks (depending on my workload).

Copy Editing

An editorial process that deals with the mechanics of the wording. Grammar, composition, punctuation, spelling, word choice and consistency are dealt with in this edit. This process aims to achieve accuracy, clarity and consistency in a document. It does not involve significant rewriting, providing a single authorial voice or tailoring text to a specific audience – these belong to a substantive edit, a service I don’t offer. See FAQs.

  • Stylistic inconsistencies – the mechanics of style
  • Check for correct spelling and punctuation
  • Check consistency in names, terms, grammar, and verb tense
  • Correct basic grammar errors
  • Call attention to word repetition and advanced grammar issues requiring rewrites of sentences
  • Plot holes or inconsistencies may be noted in comments at the editor’s discretion
  • Confusing or convoluted syntax
  • Awkward-sounding passages and wordiness
  • Check for factual errors or inconsistencies
  • Plus everything addressed in the Proofreading Service
  • Per Word Rates: $0.006/word (for example: $60/10,000 words)
  • Hourly Rates: $40/hour. 8/250 word pages per hour
  • Turnaround time: Two to three weeks (depending on my workload).

Line Editing

A line edit is exactly what it sounds like: a line-by-line evaluation of the editorial content of the book Line editing refers to prose. It’s about the craft of writing, and that means paragraph structure, sentence flow, word choice, and language-related techniques. That also means voice, style, readability, cutting out all the unnecessary/redundant words, and forward movement.

When line editing, I read the manuscript twice — once on my iPad, as I would a regular book, and then once on paper. I make notes and comments by hand, both on the page and in a notebook. After I’ve edited the manuscript once, I switch to Microsoft Word my computer and input all my edits within the Word document using tracked changes and the comment function. This provides me with a “check” on my own work. Once I’ve input all the changes into the electronic file, I send that to the author along with any additional feedback that’s too long or complicated for the Word document.

  • Per Word Rates: $0.006/word (for example: $60/10,000 words)
  • Hourly Rates: $40/hour. 8/250 word pages per hour
  • Turnaround time: Three to four weeks (depending on my workload).

**NOTE: If major editing issues are found once the editing process is started, discussion of additional fees might be necessary.

Additional Services:

Manuscript Evaluation $150

I will read your manuscript (fiction genres only) and provide you with an editorial letter that outlines the strengths and weaknesses of your MS, with suggested areas of improvement.

Resumes and Cover Letters

  • Proofread a resume and cover letter $10
  • Full edit of a resume and cover letter including spacing, font, word suggestions and changes $20

Report Editing

  • Proofreading $2/page
  • Full Edit $4/page

If you’d like to get a sense of my proofreading/editing style, I offer a free sample edit. Please email me the first chapter of your story. I will edit a few pages, thus enabling you to make an informed decision.

Your final price is calculated according to the total word/page count upon document submission.

Turnaround times are listed under each category above..

I also work with several graphic artists who can provide you with excellent cover-art ranging from 100% individualized to very affordable pre-formatted with appropriate text edits.

How is payment handled?
All payments are made through PayPal and are in USD. Before commencing work on your manuscript, I do require 100% of the agreed upon total for small assignments of $100 or less. For projects totaling more than $100, I require 50% upon receipt of invoice. Before I e-mail you the edited manuscript, I will contact you for the final 50%. Once payment reaches me, I will immediately send you your manuscript.

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Ebook Formatting For Indie Authors

PLEASE NOTE:
Rates and options will be discussed and agreed upon before any work begins. The prices above are standard, I may quote higher if it appears to be necessary. I reserve the right to decline work for any reason.



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