Editing & Proofreading

Content Edit

Starting at $.006/word
Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks
(Rush Fee 25% of total, 3-4 weeks)

Content editing (also known as developmental or substantive editing) is a deep dive through your manuscript to look for inconsistencies, plot holes, point of view consistencies, and contradictions throughout the story and characters. An Editor’s Report with overall suggestions will be provided when content edit is complete and could include a lightly marked-up file.

Line Edit

Starting at $.006/word
Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks
(Rush Fee 25% of total, 3-4 weeks)

Line editing includes three passes through your manuscript focusing on word choice, sentence and paragraph structure, discrepancies, noting things that don’t make sense, inconsistencies, point of view, and anything else that might need attention. A fully marked-up file will be returned along with a report of things to keep an eye out for in your next novel.

Copy Edit

Starting at $.005/word
Turnaround time: 4-6 weeks
(Rush Fee 25% of total, 3-4 weeks)

Copy editing includes three passes through your manuscript focusing on grammar, punctuation, word choice, repeated or missing words, spelling, and other things on a line-by-line level. If we do find something bigger, we will make a note for you but won’t make any suggestions. A fully marked-up file will be returned along with a report of things to keep an eye out for in your next novel.

Light Copyedit

Starting at $.004/word
Turnaround time: 3-4 weeks
(Rush Fee 25% of total, 2 weeks)

Your manuscript has been through betas and an developmental/content editor, but you know it still needs work and isn’t quite ready for publishing. A light copyedit/proofread will include two passes through your manuscript looking for grammar, punctuation, word choice, sentence structure, repeated or missing words, spelling, and other things on a line-by-line level. We do not look for anything bigger at this point. A fully marked-up file will be returned.

Final Proofread

Starting at $.003/word
Turnaround time: 2-3 weeks
(Rush Fee 25% of total)

You’ve had several eyes on your manuscript and are happy with what you have, but you want one more pair of eyes to scour your sentences for those straggling typos and errant punctuation. This is done in one pass after formatting and a list of changes will be provided for your formatter. If The Letterers Collective is formatting, we will provide a list for your approval and will make the changes before sending your final files.

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