Line Editing, Copy Editing, Proofreading
Polishing of narrative style and correction of manuscript text
We offer three levels of line editing and copy editing services, with options ranging from basic correction of spelling and grammar to a comprehensive polishing edit and coaching notes to help bring out the best in your narrative voice and elevate the appeal of your prose style.
Our line editing and copy editing services are for manuscripts whose concept, content, and structure have been refined to the point where they’re truly ready for polishing and final correction. The process varies based on your manuscript’s needs, and all editing (except on post-layout PDF proofs) is done electronically using a “track changes” feature that allows you to accept, modify, or reject all suggested edits. We provide both clean, as-edited copy and the tracked version, which shows what’s been cut, inserted, or modified.
Pricing for line level editing starts at $.008 per word and is based on the scope, depth, and nature of the editing required. We provide written no-cost/no-obligation quotes and assign editors based on careful consideration of your manuscript’s needs and the level of editing that best fits what you’re trying to accomplish.
A high-level, hands-on edit to polish prose, perfect language, and bring out the best in your narrative voice.
$.02 per word and up, depending on the scope and depth of editing required
A prepublication edit focused on error correction, consistency of formatting and usage, style-guide compliance, and preparations for digital typesetting or submission to literary agents and publishers.
$.016 per word for most manuscripts
Final correction of spelling, grammar, syntax, and typographic or formatting errors.
$.008 per word for most manuscripts
“One basic rule that applies is: it’s not the writer who decides whether a character is cool; the reader makes that decision. If a writer tries to force things—or lead the witness, as it were—the result is an embarrassing failure.” Lee Child
“One basic rule that applies is: it’s not the writer who decides whether a character is cool; the reader makes that decision. If a writer tries to force things—or lead the witness, as it were—the result is an embarrassing failure.”