Developmental/Substantive Editing

USD $.05-$.08 A WORD•$12.50-15.00 A PAGE

Developmental editing is known by many names, including substantive or structural editing. It involves evaluating the manuscript as a whole and locating weaknesses that diminish the work. In fiction, substantive editing focuses on improving characters, pace, focus, fixing plot holes, consistency, POV (point of view), dialogue, and scene choices. This is the best option when the story is almost there, but with some issues. If you have more than a few areas that need reworking, a structural edit can go a very long way to improve your overall story.

Developmental/structural editing for non-fiction is also extremely important. A piece's clarity can be dramatically improved by reworking the focus, tone, pace and content. The organization and the exposition itself are also considered. As the piece is reworked, content may be condensed, moved or deleted to improve clarity and the overall result.

Copy Editing

USD $.03-.05 A WORD•$7.50-12.50 A PAGE

Copyediting involves correcting issues of grammar, repetition, word usage, style and jargon.  (REWORK AND FILL OUT)

Line Editing / Proofreading

USD $.01-$.03 A WORD•$2.5-$7.5 A PAGE

Proofreading is the lightest form of editing. Minor errors are corrected. Minor errors include:

  • errors of grammar and style (e.g., verb tense, units such as ml, use of numerals and words such as “5” or “five”)
  • errors of capitalization, punctuation (e.g., the use of commas, semicolons, colons, periods, dashes, apostrophes)
  • errors of spelling and word usage (e.g., to/too, affect/effect)

Academic Editing & Business Copy

$15 - $25 PER PAGE (250 WORDS) 

Essay, applications, business copy, marketing materials, etc.

Spanish proofreading services

$20 - $25 PER PAGE (250 WORDS)

*Pricing may vary depending on the timeline and scope of work.


What kind of edit do I need?

If you're not sure where to start, feel free to submit your work or a description for guidance or a free consult.


"You can conceive of a copyeditor's chief concerns as comprising the '4 Cs'—clarity, coherency, consistency, and correctness—in service of the the 'Cardinal C': communication." —Amy Einsohn, The Copyeditor's Handbook