Proofreading addresses spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax, as well as character spacing and mystery glitches that are so easy for an author to miss after reading and editing their own manuscript repeatedly.
Copy-editing addresses spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax, as well as micro concerns, such as consistency, and discrepancies in plot, setting, and character traits. Sentence construction, style, and accuracy of the text are also addressed.
Line-editing includes all copy-editing issues then delves deeper to eliminate extraneous and overused words, run-on sentences, and redundancies. It also tightens dialogue, improves transitions, tonal shifts, and unnatural phrasing. Prose passages that don't read well due to bland language or confusing narrative digressions are edited for optimal flow. Pacing is improved—if needed—and words and phrases that will help to clarify and enhance the intended meaning are incorporated.
Development-editing/coaching is my specialty. During a substantive manuscript edit, including all of the above, I look closely at structure, content, focus, audience, consistencies in voice, tone, and point of view, as well as plot and pacing, realism in dialogue, character development, all stylistic elements, and overall substance. All of which is included in a comprehensive critique.
Creative Consultations are ideal if you’re not in need of copy-editing or line-editing, but are looking for a developmental editor who will proofread your work and give you a comprehensive critique addressing structure, content, focus, audience, consistencies in voice, tone, and point of view, as well as plot and pacing, realism in dialogue, character development, all stylistic elements, and overall substance.
Most jobs are quoted on a per-job basis, depending on the amount of editing, research, reading, and communication time involved. Estimates are shown below for quick reference. For a more specific quote, please submit an inquiry with a 10-page sample of your work »here. (Information on interior layout services can be found »here.)
Feedback and Editing Services for Chapter Books
• Proofreading ranges - $0.01 - $0.015 cent per word
• Creative Consultation starts at - $0.015 cent per word
• Copy-editing starts at - $0.02 cents per word
• Line-editing starts at - $0.03 cents per word
• Developmental-editing/coaching starts at - $0.04 cents per word
Children's Books and Projects Under 5000 Words
Developmental-editing, including line-editing and a comprehensive critique, starts at $0.04 cents per word.
Writing Consultation and Editing Services for Short Stories Ranging 5-8,000 Words
Developmental-editing, including line-editing and a comprehensive critique, starts at $0.03 cents per word.
Query letter, Synopsis, and Marketing Plan Consultations
• Including line-editing - $50
• Ranges $0.26 - $0.60 cents per word.
• Timeline: 6-18 months (Please email with specifics on your project needs for a custom quote.)
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