What are the types of services offered here?
Below is a description of editing services to help determine what you require. If you need something in particular, or a combination of services, please let me know.
Manuscripts benefit from all of the services below, while editing of materials such as web text, reports, manuals, et cetera mostly consists of copy editing and proofreading. Regardless, there is no job too big or too small!
Developmental – This is the first step before any polishing. It addresses the structure, organization, plot, and character development. It is not uncommon to have an editor look at a work-in-progress to prevent any ongoing issues. This stage does not include any corrections of grammar, spelling, or the like. That is addressed later with copy editing.
Rate: $0.03/word or $50/hr
Copy/line editing – This is the correction of grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, flow, and syntax. Don’t worry—I won’t change your message or tone. Elements include uniformity of margins, paragraphs, headers and footers, TOC, titling, and fonts. In addition, I review any text that accompanies images, graphs, or charts.
At this stage, any writing changes would most likely be reworking difficult sentences and repetitious words and phrasing. If this is a first-time edit, there may be developmental issues noted.
Rate: $0.02/word or $40/hr
Proofreading – The last step before publishing—the final polish. At this point, I do a thorough reading and correction of anything missed—grammar, missing words, spelling, or punctuation. This is cosmetic, but I will address anything that looks out of place as well.
Rate: $0.015/word or $35/hr
Beta reading – This is a critique of your story. I will provide a detailed summary chapter-by-chapter on what I notice needs improvement and also feedback on what is working.
I can provide you with a quote after I’ve seen a sample of the text and we’ve gone over the parameters of the project. Simply write down what you need on the “contact me” form below. Please provide as much information as possible. This will help me establish the timeline and level of work.
I look forward to working with you!