The Process and the Price

Copy editing is simple—fixing grammar, mechanics, verb tense, etc.—and does not address the manuscript’s content. As content editing is more thorough and complex, an explanation of my process might be helpful.

The Process

I read your manuscript once, making immediate comments in the margin using Track Changes in Word. The comments are my initial reactions to your work—questions, comments, thoughts, etc. I also include suggested changes and explain those suggestions. After I finish the first read, I read my notes again to see if my perspective has changed since finishing the whole manuscript.

Then I return the marked manuscript to you, asking you to address all comments and questions in the margins before I continue with the content editing. This important step is your opportunity to clarify, expand, and control the vision and purpose for your manuscript.

We continue this process—I read and revise then return the manuscript to get your input—until all content issues are settled. Most clients require two rounds of this process, but that number largely depends on the readiness of the original document and/or the changes clients make to their manuscript during the revision process.

Once this process is complete, I begin the copy edit: finessing the grammar, punctuation, sentence flow, etc. of the document. When I return the manuscript this time, I am asking for your final approval. Once that happens, the edit is complete and our work together is also finished.

***NOTE: If you want someone to edit your work without your input, then I am not the editor for you.

The Price

I can provide a free, no-obligation cost estimate for your project if you provide the following information:

-         If you want a content edit or a copy edit.

-         The current word count of the document

-         Required turnaround time of the final edit

-         A writing sample based on your document's current word count:

          *        100 – 1,000 words, the first two paragraphs
          *        1,000 – 5,000 words, the first two pages
          *        5,000 – 10,000 words, the first six pages
          *        10,000 – 35,000 words, the first ten pages
          *        35,000 – 60,000 words, the first twenty pages
          *        60,000 words or more, the first thirty-five pages


-        The cost for the project is usually the one-time, full cost for the entire edit, including the drafts shared back and forth between the author(s) and me during the editing process, and at least a partial payment must be made before any work begins. If the content drastically changes during this process, additional costs may be incurred.

-        After I finish reading the initial document, if I determine than more than content editing is needed, we will discuss that cost—and the scope of that work—before any additional work is done.

Note: I do not edit anything involving pedo, poly, necro, incest, bestiality, or hard-core erotica. If there is a content issue after work has begun, we will come to a mutually agreeable solution and, if necessary, a partial refund will be provided. I reserve the right to accept or decline projects at my discretion.

Business hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST. Requests made after 9:00 p.m. will be addressed the following day.

If emergency after-hours services are needed, contact me at I may be able to help.

Confidentiality, punctuality, and satisfaction guaranteed.

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