Comprehensive Edit

High-level edit with a developmental focus on organization, characterization, addition/deletion of content, point of view, pacing, plot holes, sentence and paragraph structure, and other structural issues specific to your project. While this doesn't mean I'll rewrite the whole manuscript for you, I will provide suggestions and examples on how to improve your manuscript throughout. If it suits the project, I will also provide an editorial letter to discuss larger edits that may need to take place.

Recommended if your manuscript needs story development rather than just language cleanup. After changes are implemented, this is usually followed by a copyedit to ensure that all new additions and changes did not introduce grammar or spelling errors.

Copyedit

Mid-level edit with a focus on grammar, spelling, sentence structure, style consistency, and occasional higher-level edits regarding logic and flow. After this edit, I will provide a style sheet, which you can pass along to a proofreader or refer to with future books. The style sheet will list preferred spellings and uses of names, locations, terminology, and other preferences that may vary from the Chicago Manual of Style.

Recommended if your project is already organized and you would like to make sure it is error-free and easy for a reader to follow. Prior to editing, we will discuss specific style guides and any particular focus you would like the editing to have. 

personalized edit

Do you have a more specific request?

 

Perhaps you have a document under or around 5,000 words, which will have a quicker turnaround time.

 

Perhaps you want to create a custom package with multiple editing rounds included.

 

Perhaps you just want someone to read over your work and provide a report on what works and what doesn't. 

 

I can work with your needs and customize a quote specifically for you. Check out the pricing table below for a few ideas of what personalized edits might look like.

 
 

Pricing

Comprehensive Edit

Includes one round of comprehensive edits, as well as communication about the bigger picture, details, and organization of the project. After you read through my suggestions, I will be available to clarify any points, discuss methods for implementing suggestions, and provide alternatives if necessary. 

Also includes an editorial letter with a general overview of the state of the manuscript.

Approximately $0.025 to $0.03 per word. (Final estimate provided after reviewing a sample of the text.)

Copyedit

Includes one round of copyediting and post-editing communication about changes. 

Also includes a custom style sheet for future reference.

Approximately $0.025 to $0.03 per word. (Final estimate provided after reviewing a sample of the text.)

Custom Packages

If you are interested in multiple rounds of editing so that we can exchange the manuscript back and forth to work out ideas and check for any new errors, then a package with multiple passes included is for you. Please note that the price  ranges listed here are just ballpark quotes, and I will be able to give a more accurate quote after reviewing a sample from your manuscript.

Custom Package 1: Approximately $0.03 to $0.035 per word.

  • One round of copyedits

  • A final pass after all edits have been accepted/rejected by the author to catch any remaining errors that may have been introduced during the author's implementation of edits and to respond to any of the author's queries

  • Customized style sheet

Custom Package 2 : Approximately $0.03 to $0.035 per word.

  • One round of comprehensive edits

  • One round of copyedits

  • Customized style sheet

Custom Package 3: Approximately $0.035 to $0.04 per word.

  • One round of comprehensive edits

  • One round of copyedits

  • A final pass after all edits have been accepted/rejected by the author to catch any remaining errors that may have been introduced during the author's implementation of edits and to respond to any of the author's queries

  • Customized style sheet

Please note that I request a down payment of 1/3 before I begin editing. 

After the initial editing agreement, if you request additional editing, we will revisit the contract to adjust the quote and timeline that we agree to.

Short Project Edits

If your project is under 5,000 words, $0.02 per word not only includes one round of copyedits, but since it is a shorter project, I will also provide some higher-level edits on logic, flow, and structure if necessary. Additionally, the turnaround time can be much shorter (typically one to two weeks at the most). If you need something short edited quicker than that, message me, and we can discuss deadlines.

For authors, if you just want an edit on the first ten to twenty pages of your manuscript, this may a good option for receiving feedback quickly. A good polish on those first pages can create a good impression when submitting to agents and publishers. It can also provide you with an idea of how your project can improve overall. 

 

Mindi Machart

Professional Book Editing