Services and Terms

Professional Manuscript Consulting

I offer two levels of service: Copy Editing and Developmental Editing.

Copy Editing:

This is more than simple proofreading. I will read your manuscript thoroughly, marking grammar, spelling and punctuation corrections, and making suggestions for improving terms and turns of phrase. Then I will email you my overall impression, what I think works well and what does not. This level of editing is recommended for experienced authors.

Developmental Editing:

I will read through the manuscript thoroughly, making note of specific sections that require correction in the areas of Plausibility, Continuity, Grammar, Formatting, Story and Character Development, Fact Checking when needed, and Other Errors. I will also provide the feedback from the Copy Editing service. I do not guarantee that I will catch every mistake, but I will note every one I do catch. I will give you constructive criticism in great detail, and suggest changes, sometimes even rewrites of sections that need attention.

Sample Policy:

I will be pleased to sample edit a small section of your novel so that you can evaluate the quality of service I provide. Email me and we will discuss sample sizes appropriate to your manuscript.

Pricing and Payment:

Copy Editing: $0.0075 per word. This means a 50,000 word manuscript would be $375.

Comprehensive Editing: $0.0150 per word. This means a 50,000 word manuscript would be $750.

My prices are in US dollars. I accept Paypal payments only. If you do not have a Paypal account, they are free to set up at

Once we decide to work together, I require a deposit of 40% of the total price I quote you. Upon completion of your project I will invoice you via PayPal for the balance, due within 30 days of the invoice date.


As each manuscript is different in terms of length, complexity, and initial quality, we will discuss and negotiate a timetable appropriate to your manuscript before we agree to work together. I recently proofread a 60 page book in one day, but I also recently edited a 200 page book in two weeks.

My Preferences:

I work with fiction and non-fiction authors. I enjoy literary fiction, paranormal, science fiction, mystery, thrillers, fantasy, political, historical or alternative history fiction, and romance. I have worked with horror, but I don’t prefer to work with books containing substantial graphic violence.

Before you contact me, make sure your manuscript is in Microsoft Word 2007 or newer.

You can email me about your manuscript at


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