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)
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)
Substantive copyediting: $0.025 – $0.04 per word ($25-$40/1,000 words)
To price shop go to https://www.the-efa.org/rates/ and multiply the number of pages by 250 (the average number of words per document page). For example, their basic editing fee averaged $30 for 5 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
•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, and formatting issues I find. Most authors are surprised by how much I catch in a piece that has already been read by many people. (You can see the testimonials about my work by clicking on 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 have experienced. Although I will still be reading at a pleasurable pace, you will get more information from me. This level of review goes beyond pointing out technical mistakes; I will also mention big picture concerns or questions that I have. (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.)
Basic (or light) copyediting:
This is about observing writing guidelines to make your prose as accessible as possible. It is also when I start reading agonizingly slowly. As a result, this feedback is more comprehensive and thorough than the previous options. In addition to grammar, punctuation, and spelling, I will also check for things like plot cohesion, character continuity, word usage, awkward sentences, etc.
This is about the craft of writing. You will get more detailed feedback from me and suggestions for addressing the issues in your manuscript. Here we are moving beyond the basics toward a more polished piece. In addition to the feedback above, I will also look for precise vocabulary, appropriate momentum, message clarity, unique style, and smooth transitions, etc.
Substantive (or line) copyediting:
This is about the art of language; it may involve extensive feedback and substantial 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 areas: adjusting your language to suit your audience, exploring theme and symbolism, promoting a vibrant premise and plotline, analyzing a character's motivation and development, encouraging authentic dialogue and interactions, managing pacing and tension—and most importantly—supporting the integrity of the author’s voice.