What are the different levels of editing?

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing covers broad themes, plot development, and characterization. Does it make sense that the narrator knows where to find the villain? Is it realistic for elves to be able to ride on a dragon scale within the scope of your story? I'll read your story and provide comments that showcase what is done well and what can be improved.

Standalone rate: $0.008/word ($80 per 10k words)

It usually takes me 8-10 weeks to finish developmental editing for a 50,000 word manuscript.

Personalized Writing Recommendations

 Each writer has a unique voice and writing style, and each of us has different areas in which we struggle and in which we excel. I'll read your manuscript and take note of common mistakes and trends in your writing that you could improve on. Do you start every sentence with -ing words? Do you often mistake to, too, and two?  When complete, I'll provide a written summary and suggestions.

Standalone rate: $0.003/word ($30 per 10k words)

It usually takes me 6-8 weeks to finish reading a 50,000 word manuscript and compiling recommendations.

Line Editing

 This is what most people think of when they hear "editing." Line editing includes a complete review of every line in your manuscript for grammar, syntax, word usage, and sentence structure. I'll provide you with a marked up version, and you can choose whether to incorporate some or all of my edits. I will assume that you have no plans to change the plot or characters, and focus only on the writing itself.

Standalone rate: $0.01/word ($100 per 10k words)

It usually takes me 8-10 weeks to finish all line editing for a 50,000 word manuscript.


 This is a lighter version of line editing, and assumes you've already put significant effort into making your manuscript readable and clear. I'll provide a second eye to catch mistakes and errors. After providing you with a sample edit, I may suggest that you consider the full line editing services if I am making changes more than a handful of times per page.

Standalone rate: $0.005/word ($50 per 10k words)

It usually takes me 4-6 weeks to finish all proofreading for a 50,000 word manuscript.

Formatting for Print and eBook

 When your manuscript requires no changes but is not in proper book or eBook format for publication, I'll help get it the rest of the way. Upon request, I'll also provide personalized tips for repeating the process on your own in the future.

Standalone rate: $1 per chapter or section. Please contact me if you have more than two formatting levels (ex: VI.A.2.iii is 4 formatting levels) for a personalized rate.

It usually takes me 2-4 weeks to finish all formatting for a 50,000 word manuscript.

Interested in more than one service?

I provide two package options: the combination package (line editing + developmental editing) and the premium package (includes all editing services). Click the button below to learn more about the rates and what is included.