Manuscript Editing Rates:
Developmental Editing – $.08 per word
Line Editing – $.05 per word
Copy Editing – $.02 per word
Proofreading – $.01 per word
Scope of Each Service
Editors may define these services in slightly different ways, so I find it helpful to provide
potential clients with the scope of each type of editing.
Developmental Editing is a big picture edit. This involves reading the manuscript and
looking for issues on a large scale – this typically includes assessing elements like
pacing, voice, character development, plot, and thematic issues. With a developmental
edit, you will receive a detailed edit letter from me (usually 3-5 pages, but could be
longer based upon the manuscript) that explains my assessment of manuscript and offers
suggestions for improvement.
Line Editing looks at the manuscript on a line-by-line basis, assessing elements like
word choice, flow, clarity, and sentence structure. With a line edit, I will make notes
within manuscript offering suggestions and commentary and/or asking questions for you
Copy Editing looks for mechanical errors and problems with grammar and usage.
Sentence structure can also be assessed in this type of editing as well.
Proofreading is checking the manuscript for errors such a typos and grammatical errors.
In this case, I am not assessing the big picture of the manuscript. I am looking for errors
and misspellings that can distract the reader.
If you aren’t sure what type of editing is right for your manuscript, I can offer my
recommendations as a part of your free consultation.
A note about fact checking and continuity: I aim to find errors concerning continuity as
well as consistency (for example, problems with the passage of time, or references to
facts that can be checked for accuracy). If you have concerns about accuracy and
continuity in your manuscript, please let me know prior to signing our agreement, so I can include that service specifically in your agreement.
Timeframe expectations for completion will be communicated to you in the agreement. I
will keep in contact with you via email for updates and to let you know if anything
Send an email to with “Consultation” in the subject line or send me a message via the contact page.
I will respond via email with a few questions regarding your manuscript.
Your answers will allow me to learn a bit more about the project you’re working on and will help me prepare a quote for a full edit.
You will then submit your five pages (double-spaced, 12 point font) and I will complete a sample edit.
I will return the pages to you via email along with a quote for a full manuscript edit.
My turnaround is typically three business days or less. If you decide to hire me, a 50% deposit will be required. The balance will be due upon completion of the edit.