Full-Service Proofing/Copyediting

       In today's ultra-competitive publishing arena, you simply can't afford not to have your manuscript in the best shape possible. Whereas a developmental editor, also called a content editor or "book doctor," promises to try to help with imagery, plotting, and other ethereal elements that can't be measured or quantified, and who might or might not be of any use to you whatsoever, an expert proofer/copyeditor can always improve your work in the areas where publishers' editors reject submissions more often than for any other reason—grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other nuts-'n-bolts of professional-grade writing. No imperious and possibly worthless advice on improving the literary side of your writing, but actual expert editing and proofing you can use to improve the technical side of your work. You can tell the greatest story ever conceived, but it won't do you any good if readers don't stick around for it because they're tired of working through the composition issues. Your story is your message; clear, professional-grade writing is your messenger. Put another way, the best tasting meal ever prepared is worthless if diners won't taste it because you presented it to them on trash can lids instead of nice dinner plates.
       No book doctors—or developmental editors, or content editors, or whatever they might call themselves—can or will promise to make your manuscript better. I promise that very thing, and I'll return your money if I can't.

Rates:

  • 25,000-60,000 words: $250.00 flat fee.
  • Fewer than 25,000 words: $0.01 per word
    Short stories, up to 3,000 words: $25.00
  • More than 60,000 words: by agreement.
Turnaround:     Usually 7-9 days for full-length manuscripts, with email reports to you along the way. Shorter work commensurably sooner.
 
Payment:         Certified check or money order, payable in advance.

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