Q What is the difference between line editing and proofreading/copy editing?
A. A line editor emulates the writer’s ‘voice,’ improving on the sentences, verifying correct usage and grammar, making the writing more succinct and less superfluous, improving vocabulary, and finding better phrasing to make it all flow. Line editing certainly includes proofreading, but that is just one of many aspects of an editor’s job. Proofreading (and to some extent, copy editing) essentially entails checking for errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation. Professional writers often use proofreaders as a last step before going to publication. While proofreading is a science, line editing is an art.
Q How much does it cost?
A The fee for line editing is usually 3.5 cents a word, with a $30 minimum. The price-per-word is lower for basic proofreading, or book-length works, and can be more, depending on the complexity of the project. However, you will receive an exact quote after you send your work.
Q How do I pay?
A. Default billing is via PayPal invoice (but you may request payment through Zelle or Venmo). For PayPal, an account is not required--only your personal email address. We normally require payment upfront, although for works of over $200, you may opt to pay only half upfront and half on delivery. If you have a large project and are nervous about sending a lot of money in advance, we are happy to work with you. Some authors send just enough for one chapter at a time, and do their entire book in sections. That's perfectly fine, if that sets your mind at ease.
Q Do I have to pay extra for “rush” jobs?
A No. We don't charge for rush jobs. If you have an emergency and we are able to meet your deadline, we will try to make it work. If we think it will be difficult to finish when you want, we will let you know before starting the project. Small projects can often be done within 24 hours of receipt of payment.
Q What if I have questions about my project after I have already paid?
A We do not abandon our clients just because the job is finished. If there are questions or concerns, we’re happy to assist if possible. The only thing we cannot do is to “re-edit” the entire manuscript after the client has adjusted it and added more materials, etc. That constitutes another job, since it would mean going over the entire writing again. However, if you highlight specific sentences that you want us to take a second look at, we'll do what we can to help.
Q. Can I see samples of your work?
A Yes, of course. You may see either writing or editing samples on request. Even better, for longer works (over 10,000 words), we will edit a few pages for you at no obligation.