Proofreading: $0.005 per word

Proofreading is done on the final draft of a manuscript and includes correction of spelling, grammar, and minor sentence structure issues. It is the last check for errors before sending a manuscript off to the publisher.

Light to Medium Copyediting: $0.007 per word

A light to medium copyedit will provide correction in the following areas: 

Spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Capitalization and numbers
Hyphen use
Lists of items (for instance, incorrect numbering)
Table of contents
Table and figure numbers 

Gender neutrality

Format issues

Content and style

Clarity and word usage


All style decisions will be made based on the Chicago Manual of Style, unless otherwise requested by the author.

Heavy Copyediting: $0.009 per word

In addition to the tasks of light to medium copyediting, heavy copyediting will correct these problems:


Wordiness, triteness

Vague generalizations

Weak sentence style

Organizational weakness

Lack of focus

I will point out problems and help the author refine their vision, bringing their manuscript to a more polished and perfect state.

Professional Beta Reading: $80 for up to 80,000 words

Not sure what kind of editing your book needs? Need some feedback on your work-in-progress? I’ll read your manuscript, make notes in the margins of specific areas that need attention, and provide at least one full single-spaced page of critique to help improve your work.

Do you have a need not listed above? Please 
contact me to see if I can help you.

**PayPal fees are calculated and added to the final bill.**

Editing Services

The nitty-gritty details of what I offer.

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A note about pricing

If you've done your research in finding an editor, you've probably noticed it's somewhat unusual to have prices spelled out and posted publicly. This is because the editing process can be rather subjective. Many editors charge by the hour. However, I feel that it is helpful for authors--especially indie or self-published authors--to know with some confidence how much an editing project will cost up front. Also, this lets me work at my own pace and not worry about the clock as I work.

That being said, sometimes a book is estimated to need one level of editing but is later discovered to need something more substantial. If I think your manuscript needs more work than I was contracted for, I will contact you as soon as possible so we can renegotiate the terms of the edit.

Cindy Jewkes