A content edit includes extensive in-manuscript commentary not only to identify issues and opportunities, but also to explain my reasoning and offer possible solutions. I use the “track changes” and “comment” features in MS Word to point out specific issues. The content edit does not include Copy/line edits, though I often correct some of these.
Areas I address:
• plot logic
• character development
• conflict and goals
• pacing and structure
• metaphors and themes
• story arc
• turning points
• sexual tension
• point of view
Copy/Line Edits focus on the technical aspects of the manuscript and include line edits as needed. I also listen to the final edit to check for missing words, etc.
Areas I address:
• word usage
• mechanics of style
• detail and description consistency
• world building consistency
• awkward phrasing
• repetitive language
• minor fact checking
A Two-Stage Edit includes both a content edit and a post-revision copy/line edit. In Stage 1, I focus on content advice and begin the copy/line edit process. In Stage 2, I complete the copy/line edit and address lingering content issues. I also listen to the final edit to check for missing words, etc.
My fees vary by project based on the amount of work your manuscript requires. Once I review your sample and we discuss your needs, I provide a quote. Before work begins, I require a nonrefundable deposit equal to one-half the quoted fee. The remainder is due before release of final files.
Content Edit: $.005–$.015 per word (computer word count)
Copy/Line Edit: $.005–$.015 per word (computer word count)
Two-Stage Edit: $.010–$.030 per word (computer word count)
And then what?
What happens after an edit is completed is your decision, but I highly recommend a proofreader. If you need a referral, I recommend Julie Deaton with Deaton Author Services. Proofreading is for double-checking, not assessing or improving. A proofreader checks nearly all of the same things a copy/line editor does, but the difference is the proofreader looks for the mistakes missed during the copy edit. Just like what happens to writers, an editor becomes too close to the material after several read-throughs, and the mind begins to auto-fill what it expects to see. This is why your proofreader should be someone other than your editor. And yes, typos and errors will always slip through during a copy edit.