Services Offered

I offer proofreading, line-editing, and fact-checking services. For both my proofreading and line-editing, I use “Track Changes” so that you can compare what I’ve done with what you originally had and can accept or decline any changes I make or suggest. I use sidebar comments to explain or expand on corrections, or to make suggestions.

Proofreading

Proofreading is making sure that your manuscript is technically correct. It does not address style or content.

I will correct spelling, punctuation, basic grammar, paragraphing, and vocabulary (if a word is definitely the wrong word). In proofreading, I will not address plotholes, inconsistencies or discrepencies in plot or characterization, story flow, or stylistic issues. I may make a note of factual inaccuracies or suggest a vocabulary change if a word isn’t quite wrong, but isn’t quite the right one either. Proofreading should be one of the last things done before formatting.

This is what proofreading looks like:

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My rate for basic proofreading is $0.75 per page, using a standard format.

Line-Editing

Line-editing is far more comprehensive; it’s polishing not only the technical aspects, but also the overall storytelling.

In line-editing, I’ll point out inconsistencies or discrepencies in the plot or in characterization, plotholes, and factual inaccuracies, and suggest a solution; suggest changes to sentence, paragraph, or chapter order or structure to improve the flow of the story; suggest vocabulary changes if a word is okay, but not the best one; and point out awkward or confusing writing. Line-editing also includes basic proofreading, but if the manuscript is revised after I return it, the new sections may not be completely correct anymore. I will re-proofread the new sections at a reduced rate. Line-editing should be done when you still have time to make revisions before your publishing deadline.

This is what line-editing looks like:

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My rate for line-editing is $2.00 per page, using a standard format to establish page count.

Fact-Checking and Research

Fact-checking and research is doing research to establish the factual accuracy of something in the story.

When I fact-check, I will provide citations, wherever possible from a source other than Wikipedia. I may research online, in dead-tree sources, or ask people knowledgeable in the field.

This is what fact-checking looks like:

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My rate for fact-checking or research is $15.00 per hour in whole hour increments, for the whole manuscript. (That is, if I spend 15 minutes on one thing, I would charge $15.00. If I fact-check 6 things in the manuscript, and it takes me a total of 2 hours and 20 minutes to do all six, I’ll charge for 3 hours, or $45.00.)