Types of Editing
There are several different types of editing and you may need all or only one type for your particular story. Look at the following list and you can decide which will help you most:
- Developmental edit
This is the edit for when you need help tying story together. This looks at what works and what doesn’t work in the novel on a plot or character basis and helps you change the problems into solutions. This does not look at language, at grammar, punctuation or other small problems.
- Copy/Line editing
This type of editing looks at the paragraph and line level of the novel, helping to craft sentences into their best form. This edit looks at the language, the grammar, even the punctuation (though that can sometimes be left for proofreading). The point of the copy and line edit is to make sure that the style is consistent, the language flows, everything make sense logically from paragraph to paragraph and sentence to sentence. This can also look for inconsistencies that might appear throughout the story (e.g. a green shirt turning blue).
This is the edit for when you have your story and language down and want to focus simply on the spelling and punctuation. This is meant to make the smoothest read and get rid of all of those niggling little mistakes. Often, this is the last edit.
What I Offer
Now that you have an idea of what sort of editing is possible, here is what I offer:
Sample edit: The first chapter or 3K words of your book will be edited for free, so I can get an idea of what sort of style of writing you have, and you can get an idea of whether my edits will suit you or not.
Developmental edit: Price is $0.009 per word for just a developmental edit.
Copy/Line edit: Price is $0.008 per word for just a copy/line edit.
Proofread: Price is $0.005 per word for just a proofread.
Developmental & Copy/Line edit: Price will range from $0.01 per word to $0.02 per word. For a more specific pricing, please contact me with project specifics.
Copy/Line edit & Proofread: Price will range from $0.01 per word to $0.015 per word. For more specific pricing, please contact me with project specifics.
Developmental, Copy/Line, Proofread: Please contact me with project specifics, but it won’t be more than $0.02 per word.