3C Scribe

Clear, concise, and compelling writing and editing

by Andra Paitz

My Rates

See below for descriptions of services

Manuscript evaluation: $0.001 per word ($1/1,000 words)

Basic copyediting: $0.005 – $0.012 per word ($5-$12/1,000 words)

Content copyediting: $0.013 – $0.024 per word ($13-$24/1,000 words)

To price shop go to and multiply the number of pages by 250 (which is the average number of words per document page). For example, their basic editing fee averaged $30 for 5 pages. Five pages times 250 words equals 1,250 total words. My price for 1,250 words is $6.25 to $15. Everything is cheaper in the midwest.

Based on the writer’s preference, I can edit in either softcopy or hardcopy. However all documents should have the following format:

•Double spaced lines

•12-point font size

•Times New Roman, Courier, or Arial fonts

•Default margins

•Standard new paragraph indentation

•Page numbers provided

•Files in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format

Please note that there is small reformatting fee ($0.10/pg) for submissions which do not adhere to these guidelines. 

Explanation of Services

(You can see the testimonials about my work by clicking on the Feedback tab.)

Manuscript evaluation:

This is similar to beta reading, but it's professional, objective, timely, and includes extensive feedback…which means it's nothing like the beta reading most of you have experienced. I will be going through your work at my reading-for-pleasure speed not my editing speed. This means a fast and fun read for me and general feedback for you. This level of review involves big-picture concerns or questions: suspension of disbelief, plot cohesion, character continuity, and pacing. I will also give you a rough estimate of the number of mistakes that I found, so you can make an informed decision about the best level of editing for your book. (If you decide to pursue editing with me, I will deduct the money you spend here from the editing fee.)   

Everyone seems to have a unique idea of what editing services entail, so let me clarify how I work.

(All of my edits are made in track changes, so you can either accept or reject each suggestion.)

Basic (or light) copyediting:

This is about observing writing guidelines to make your prose as accessible as possible. It is when I start reading agonizingly slowly. In addition to grammar, punctuation, and spelling, I will also check for things like authentic characters, viable plotlines, smooth sentences, precise vocabulary, appropriate momentum, easy transitions, etc. If you have not already created one, you will get a story guide from me.

Content copyediting:

This is about moving beyond the basics toward a more polished piece. I will give you more detailed feedback and composed suggestions for addressing the issues in your manuscript. In addition to the feedback above, I will also address the following issues: adjusting your language to suit your audience, promoting a vibrant premise and plotline, analyzing a character's motivation and development, encouraging authentic dialogue and interactions, managing pacing and tension, exploring theme and symbolism—and most importantly—supporting the integrity of the author’s voice.

Here's your reward for scrolling all the way to the bottom: a picture of my fountain pen collection.