Editing Services


Texas Book Lover Editing Services

As the inimitable Sarah Bird says, “Great editors help you find the lead you buried in the tenth paragraph, point out that you’ve used the word “just” eighteen times, and help you see what the story or essay is really supposed to be about.”

I am excited to announce that effective April 1, 2019 I will be accepting manuscripts for editing.

Please carefully consider which level of attention your manuscript requires: paragraph-level editing (stylistic and structural), sentence-level editing (line editing or copyediting), or word-level editing (proofreading).

In my experience, many writers are skipping the copyediting process, assuming their beta readers have caught the large majority of errors. Many writers are dismayed and disappointed, even angry, when a proofreader finds a large number of errors in the final document; it means lost time and more money to fix a book that has already been designed or formatted.

The easiest way to distinguish between copyediting and proofreading is to consider when they occur during the editing process. Proofreading is the last step of editing; it happens after your book has been formatted for print or digital distribution and returned to you from your formatter or book designer. Proofreading occurs when your book is in its final form—the form your readers will buy.

For print books, proofreading will occur in PDF format; an e-book will be proofread as an epub or mobi file. In addition to language issues, such as typos, punctuation errors, and misspellings, the proofreader will also look for errors made during formatting and design.

The fewer changes you have to make at the proofreading stage, the better. Formatting or designing a book involves placing text so that your book looks good, the digital edition operates correctly, and both read well. Major changes, such as revising paragraphs and rearranging sentences, can ruin the carefully arranged layout of your book. Accordingly, you should only need to make minute changes at the proofreading stage.

Any corrections suggested by your proofreader will need to be performed by your formatter or designer.

Pricing: 
  • Proofreading (word-level editing): $2.00 per page
Upon completion of the service you will receive either a Word document with a list of required and suggested changes to the already formatted e-book; in the case of a print book, your choice of a marked PDF or a Word document. If I am hired to proofread, then upon beginning that process I determine that your manuscript needs copyediting, all work will cease and I will consult with you regarding how to proceed.
  • Copyediting (sentence-level editing): $3.25 per page
Upon completion of the service you will receive your choice of either a Word document with tracked changes or without tracked changes. You will also receive an editorial style sheet based on the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.; spellings follow Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., first spelling, except where noted.
  • Stylistic and structural (paragraph-level editing, including copyediting): $4.50 per page
Upon completion of the service you will receive your choice of either a Word document with tracked changes or without tracked changes. You will also receive an editorial style sheet based on the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.; spellings follow Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., first spelling, except where noted.

Please plan on receiving your edited or proofread manuscript approximately one month from the date on which I receive your manuscript. Fees for a rush job, due in two weeks, include a surcharge of 15 percent.

I look forward to hearing from y’all and teaming up to make the world a safer, more satisfying place for readers everywhere.

Michelle