Proofreading & Copy Editing


Rather than charge my clients an hourly rate, I’ve found most people prefer to know exactly what my services will cost before committing to use them.

Many proofreaders charge by the hour, however I charge by the page. The established industry standard for a “page” is 250 words. To figure out your exact page count, divide your word count by 250.

Turnaround time on most projects is five to ten business days (not counting weekends) from the date I receive your document. I can also accept some rush jobs (turnaround time less than five days), but please be aware there may be an extra charge for this service.

All of my rates are quoted in U.S. dollars, and there is a minimum charge of $35.00 per job. The following rates apply to electronic editing of Microsoft Word documents (using the track changes feature) and hard copy manuscripts. Prices do not include return postage for printed manuscripts. Please anticipate an additional fee for any applicable courier charges, however most work can be handled through the Internet.

The services I offer are:

Express Proofreading Service

If your book or manuscript is already polished and only needs a final read for minor lapses or typos, I can offer you low rates and a quick turnaround time. I specifically created this service for the author whose manuscript has already been reviewed by another editor or proofreader and is in the final draft stage. This is the service to request if you are about to go to press, upload your file to the Internet, or otherwise distribute it to your readers.

$2.25/page (page = 250 words) when marking hard copy (printout)
$2.00/page for corrected electronic copy (MS Word file)

Basic Proofreading Service

My basic service includes proofing for spelling mistakes, typos, punctuation problems, capitalization errors, and awkward grammar. If your manuscript has been peer reviewed, or has gone through several drafts to get it to be exactly what you want, this might be the service for you.

$3.25/page (page = 250 words) when marking hard copy (printout)
$2.95/page for corrected electronic copy (MS Word file)

Extended Proofreading / Line-by-Line Copy Editing Service

This is my most requested service. Extended proofreading / line-by-line copy editing includes everything that comes with my basic service package. In addition, I will help you with the overall structure of your manuscript. Is your writing clear? Does it make sense? Is your word choice appropriate? Are there any redundancies or inconsistencies in the plot or narration? Are your characters or situations believable? During the editing process, I will leave comments and questions for you in the margin of the document that address these issues and more.

$4.25/page (page = 250 words) when marking hard copy (printout)
$3.95/page for corrected electronic copy (MS Word)

I accept payments through PayPal. Money orders and cash are also accepted. Please no personal checks. I request a deposit of 50% to begin with the balance due upon completion.
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