Clear, concise, and compelling writing and editing
by Andra Paitz
Reader's report: $0.0004 per word ($0.40/1,000 words)
Manuscript evaluation: $0.001 per word ($1/1,000 words)
Structural editing: $0.005 – $0.012 per word ($5-$12/1,000 words)
Content editing: $0.013 – $0.024 per word ($13-$24/1,000 words)
Developmental editing: $0.025 – $0.04 per word ($25-$40/1,000 words)
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
•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
Some people would call this proofreading. 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 basic feedback for you. For example, I will let you know about any spelling, grammar, malapropisms (using "then" when it should be "than"), and formatting issues I find. Most authors are surprised by how much I catch in copy that has already been read by lots of people. (You can see the testimonials about my work via the Feedback tab.)
It's 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 are used to. I will be going through your work like a regular reader not an editor. This means I will read at a pleasurable pace, but my feedback will be thorough. For example, I'll give you constructive criticism about your piece's overall story, characters, pacing, and suspension of disbelief. Obviously, my notes will also include any spelling and grammar issues that I happen to see. It's also an excellent way for you to see how my brain works. 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.)
Structural (light) editing:
This is about observing writing guidelines and typical style choices. It is also when the agonizingly slow editing reading begins. However, the results are more comprehensive and thorough than the previous options. I check for grammar, punctuation, spelling, story consistency, word usage, etc. If writing is like building a house, this is when you make sure the floors are level and walls are plumb.
Content (medium) editing:
This is about the craft of writing, so you will get more detailed feedback from me. Here we are moving beyond the basics toward a more polished piece. In addition to structure, I will also look for precise vocabulary, appropriate momentum, message clarity, unique style, and a smooth flow. In our building analogy, this would be like bringing in the specialists (e.g., the carpenter, the electrician, the plumber, and the painter).
Developmental (heavy) editing:
This is about the art of language, which may involve extensive feedback and revision. In addition to everything that I do in the previous levels, I also give detailed notes on anything that could benefit from some modification. This can be, but is not limited to, the following: adjusting your language to suit your audience, exploring theme and symbolism, promoting a vibrant premise and plotline, analyzing characters’ motivation and development, encouraging authentic dialogue and interactions, managing pacing and tension--and most importantly--supporting the integrity of the author’s voice. As far as our comparison goes, this is how your building becomes a home.