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

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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

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Final correction of spelling, grammar, syntax, and typographic or formatting errors.

$.008 per word for most manuscripts

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“The writer must get into touch with his reader by putting before him something which he recognizes, which therefore stimulates his imagination, and makes him willing to cooperate in the far more difficult business of intimacy. And it is of the highest importance that this common meeting-place should be reached easily, almost instinctively, in the dark, with one’s eyes shut.”

Virginia Woolf