I work in Microsoft Word and US English. After we have discussed your project, I will ask you to send me your entire manuscript (MS) so that I can see the work; I will then give you a price and timetable for the project and more information about what you can expect to receive with your final, edited MS. For copyedits, I will do a sample edit of 3-5 pages.
Before beginning: if you are not sure which level of editing you need, please contact me. If no one but you has looked at your complete manuscript, I strongly suggest a critique.
Critiques aka Manuscript Evaluations: If your budget does not allow for a Developmental Edit, I offer critiques. For a critique, I will read through your MS and return it with a letter of what you can do to make your work stronger. A critique is a cost-effective way to help you get to the next level of writing. Please note that critiques focus on the story and do not include copyedits or comments within your manuscript. Critiques are $3.50 per 1,000 words, minimum cost $50, through August 2020.
Developmental Editing: I will read through your manuscript and make comments in track changes. I will then write you a detailed letter that includes ideas to help you make your book even better. Prices range from $0.018-$0.030 per word.
Copyediting (genre fiction): I will go through your MS with track changes on, and I will make corrections or suggestions for clarity, grammar, and punctuation while maintaining and respecting your voice. When I return your MS, I will include a style sheet that I created during the copyedit to go with your MS. I use Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Dictionary. Prices range from $0.015-$0.025 per word.
Story Bibles (Continuity Catchers): If you would like help developing a Story Bible to keep track of details, please contact me.