Editing Services

Reader’s Response

Professional critique on the overall concept for and presentation of the book or story. A Reader’s Response entails the editor reading the full manuscript to evaluate big-picture development. You’ll receive a report of approximately five pages on what’s working well and what could be strengthened in revision, as well as specific strategies for implementing suggested changes. This is especially helpful for authors who want guidance in self-editing or revising before deeper editing begins.


Developmental Editing

In-depth editing on the overall shaping of the manuscript. Topics covered include plot arc, pacing, tone, and character development for fiction, and argument development, pacing, tone, and style for nonfiction. Feedback comes in the form of specific comments within the manuscript as well as an editorial letter.


Line Editing

Surface-level editing for spelling, grammar, syntax, clarity, consistency, and flow. Line editing also includes fact-checking the spelling of proper nouns and the accuracy of quotes. Source citation editing and formatting are also included in this phase of editing.



Final-eye polishing before the work goes to print. Proofreading primarily involves catching typos, dropped words, or repetitions that have been introduced in the final stages of revision, although we watch for any other types of errors as well. We follow the proofreading model traditional publishers use, having two editors complete this final-eye pass to ensure you have a final manuscript of the highest quality.

Services are available for books, short stories, essays, professional documents, and web-based material for most genres. Please contact us if you have questions.

Choose which services are best for you and your project. Some of our clients use all of the above services, while others use just one or two. You can read their comments on our Testimonials page and in our monthly newsletter.

Because every project is unique, cost varies. Please contact us for a free sample edit (select services) and estimate.