Editing Services

Publish-and-Sell-Your-Book-Publisher-Wants-Writers3Though other publishers offer editing services for a flat fee, we prefer to quote a price to authors after we have evaluated the amount of editing we think is required on an individual manuscript basis.

The pricing below is for English-language manuscripts only. We can provide editing for non-English manuscripts upon request. Please contact us.

Basic Copy Editing: If your manuscript needs editing to correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar, and sentences need minor rewriting to assist in story continuity or consistency, then we can provide that service to you. The price for such editing depends on the size and condition of your manuscript, and generally is in the range of 2¢ to 3¢ per word. The delivery time averages about 2 weeks from commencement of editing.

Specialized Content Editing: For business and scholarly works, we offer content editing suited to those subjects. Specialized content editing also includes the services outlined in Copy Editing above. The price ranges from 3¢ to 4¢ per word, and delivery time is about 3 to 4 weeks from the start of editing.

Developmental Editing: If you want our editors to do in-depth content editing and rewriting to make your manuscript the best it can be, then this is the service you should use. Developmental editing also includes the services outlined in Copy Editing above. The price for developmental editing starts at 4¢ per word. Delivery time averages 6 weeks, but is highly dependent on the manuscript length and the amount of editing required.

Expedited Processing: For an additional fee equal to 10% of the total editing price, we will edit your manuscript and return it to you for review within a week. This service is not applicable to developmental editing.

Proofreading: If all you feel your manuscript needs is proofreading for spelling, punctuation, and simple grammar, we can provide that service for 1¢ per word. Average delivery time is 1 to 2 weeks.

Manuscript Formatting: We can format your manuscript to conform to our standard manuscript submission requirements for $100. Specialized formatting (such as extensive numbered or bulleted lists, image placement instructions, footnotes or endnotes, bibliographies, and indexes) may require an additional charge. Average delivery time is 1 week.

Indexing: Many nonfiction authors want their books to have indexes. If you wish to include an index in your book, there are three ways to proceed:

  1. You compile the list of terms to be indexed, and we add it to the PDF of the print-ready page layout we will prepare for you. Then you go through the PDF, find the page references, and supply them to us. We will add the page references to the index, and then the print-ready PDF will be complete. This will cost $50 per hour.
  2. This option is the same as #1 above, except that we would go through the PDF to find the page references. This will cost $50 per hour, and clearly takes more time than #1 above.
  3. You have us do the entire indexing job, from start to finish. This is much more expensive, as it costs $50 per hour and we will have to go through the entire PDF to determine terms to be indexed, then compile the index list, and then add the page references. I don’t recommend this approach, not only from a cost perspective, but because the author is much more familiar with the material and hence is in a much better position to determine which terms needs to be indexed.