Once you’ve written your manuscript and it’s been through substantive or content editing (if necessary), it’s time to polish it and make it as smooth as possible. You need someone who knows the “rules” and when to adhere to them (and when not to), who pays extreme attention to detail, and who catches the things you miss after having read your own writing so many times. This is the copy editor’s job. Every editor has different definitions of the services he/she provides, and it’s important for you to understand what you can expect when you hire someone to edit your work. Following are descriptions of the editing services I offer:
My editing style is a mix of copyediting and line editing and adheres to Chicago Manual of Style standards. Your manuscript will be thoroughly combed for typos, spelling, punctuation, grammar, capitalization, consistent style, formatting, proper word usage, repetitive words and phrases, and any other issues that may pull a reader out of your writing.
If your manuscript has already been edited or you just want one last set of eyes on it before you publish it, proofreading is likely what you’re looking for. This is strictly to spot any errors that were missed during the editing phase, such as spaces, formatting, missed or wrong punctuation, etc.
How much your edit will cost is related to how much time the project will take me. Factors such as complexity of the material, skills of the writer and how easy or difficult it is to correct the errors will determine pricing. I strongly believe you need to have a solid idea of the total investment before committing to send me your project. To this end, for projects over 10,000 words, I offer a free editing sample for three reasons. 1) To allow you to see my editing style and decide whether it’s a good fit for you, 2) to be sure that I can be of help to you, and 3) to give you an accurate estimate of the total time and cost involved in having me edit your full project. You can rest assured that you will never be billed more than 10% above the estimate you receive from me, even if I end up spending more time on your project than expected. If my estimate is on the long side, you will only be charged for the actual time it takes.
For shorter projects, please fill out the contact form and I will give you an estimate based on the genre and word count. The above guarantee, that you won’t pay more than 10% above my estimate, stands.
As I mentioned, part of the reason I do a free sample is to make sure I can actually help you. Some projects are not ready for a copyeditor, and if I believe something could use a content editor, I will tell you that. There’s no sense in you spending money on polishing if your writing could benefit from editorial input on overall content. (Please note, I do not offer content/substantive editing services at this time.)
If you have questions I haven’t answered here, please feel free to contact me at any time. I look forward to hearing from you.