As one of the first steps in the editing process, developmental edits focus on the big picture. You’ll get feedback around the composition and structure of your copy.
As a developmental editor, I will leave comments and notes in the document with suggestions for changes. You will also receive a single-page document outlining some of the key areas for improvement.
Rate: $45 per hour (about $0.03 per word)
During the copy editing phase, I will comb through the text for errors including spelling, grammar, style, punctuation, capitalization, consistency, and factual errors. This process is more involved and time-consuming, but clean copy is well worth the trouble.
As a copy editor, I will track changes in your document so you can see and approve each edit. I will also flag areas for your consideration. These might be things that are not grammatically wrong but could be improved — like repetitive wording or sentence structure.
Rate: $0.02 per word ($20 for 1,000 words)
When your document has been edited and formatted, I will perform a final sweep of the text to look for any major consistency errors as well as strange or distracting formatting (words being cut off at the bottom of the page, strange line breaks, etc).
As a proofreader, I can work with your manuscript as a PDF, reading through and flagging any areas that need attention.
Rate: $0.01 per word ($10 for 1,000 words)