Clear, concise, and compelling writing and editing
by Andra Paitz
Manuscript evaluation: $0.002 per word ($2/1,000 words)
Proofreading: $0.005 per word
Basic copyediting: $0.007 – $0.012 per word ($5-$12/1,000 words)
Content copyediting: $0.013 – $0.024 per word ($13-$24/1,000 words)
If your word count is below forty thousand, I charge $20 an hour. Please know that even if your piece is very short (i.e. flash fiction, sudden fiction, comic books), I have a minimum charge of one hour.
To price shop go to https://www.the-efa.org/rates/ and multiply the number of pages by 250 (which is the average number of words per Word 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 either a 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 a 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.)
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.)
There is a lot of confusion about this term. Many authors say they want this, but what they really want is just a light edit. By definition, proofreading is a quality assurance measure that traditional publishers use as the final step after the other editing phases are done. A proofreader confirms the content is accurate before the book goes into mass production. I might make an occasional correction when I'm proofreading, but it is not the same as editing. If your manuscript has too many errors, then it needs to be copyedited. If you are not sure which kind of editing you need, please email me via the Contact tab, and we will figure it out together.
Basic or light copyediting:
This involves adhering to writing guidelines to make your prose as accessible as possible. I will provide notes about macro issues like character continuity, plot holes, and suspension of disbelief. There will be suggestions about micro issues like grammar, punctuation, and spelling. I will also check for consistency, smooth sentences, precise vocabulary, appropriate momentum, easy transitions, etc.
Here we go 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 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. If you have not already created one, you will get a story guide from me.
Here's your reward for scrolling all the way to the bottom: a picture of my fountain pen collection.