Editing and Proofreading Services

You can send it to me “as is” and I will be able to edit it for you.  The industry standard for a manuscript page is a firm 250 words.

Turnaround time on most projects is five to ten business days (not counting weekends) from the date I receive your document. I can also accept some rush jobs (turnaround time less than five days), but please be aware that there may be an extra charge for this service.

All rates are quoted in U.S. dollars, and there is a minimum charge of $30.00 per job. The following rates apply to electronic editing of  documents and hard copy manuscripts. If your document is in a PDF format and you require the editor to mark the electronic file, there will be an additional charge, as the editing process takes much longer to complete with the PDF editing tools available. Prices do not include return postage for printed manuscripts. Please anticipate an additional fee for any applicable USPS charges.

Express Proofreading Service

If your book or manuscript is already polished and only needs a final read for minor lapses or typos, I offer you low rates and a quick turnaround time. This service is for the author whose manuscript has already been reviewed by another editor or proofreader and is in the final draft stage. This is the service to request if you are about to go to press, upload your file to the Internet, or otherwise distribute it to your readers.

  • $2.25/page (page = 250 words) when marking hard copy (printout)
  • $2.00/page for corrected electronic copy (MS Word file)

Basic Proofreading Service

Basic service includes proofing for spelling mistakes, typos, punctuation problems, capitalization errors, and awkward grammar. If your manuscript has been peer reviewed, workshopped by a writers’ group, or has gone through several drafts to get it to finally say just what you want, this might be the service for you.

  • $3.25/page (page = 250 words) when marking hard copy (printout)
  • $2.95/page for corrected electronic copy (MS Word file)

Extended Proofreading / Line-by-Line Copyediting Service

This is the most requested service. Extended proofreading / line-by-line copyediting includes everything that comes with the basic service package. In addition, I will help you with the overall structure of your manuscript. Is your writing clear? Does it make sense? Is your word choice appropriate? Are there any redundancies or inconsistencies in the plot or narration? Are your characters or situations believable? During the editing process, I will leave you comments and questions in the margin of the document that address these issues and more.

  • $4.25/page (page = 250 words) when marking hard copy (printout)
  • $3.95/page for corrected electronic copy (MS Word)

Deep Editing / Rewriting Service

If your text needs an extensive rewrite or a more aggressive edit, I can help you overhaul it. (Please note, this service is rarely needed. The line-by-line copyediting service is usually adequate at addressing most issues.)

  • $12.00/page (page = 250 words) when marking hard copy (printout)
  • $10.00/page for corrected electronic copy (MS Word)

Other Services

FACT CHECKING                                                                                            $30-40/hr

MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION                                                                      $45-55/hr

RESEARCHING                                                                                               $40-75/hr

TRANSCRIBING                              variable                                     $3-5/pg (page = 250 words)


Writing, fiction                                                                                                $40-50/hr

Writing, ghostwriting                                                                                     $50-60/hr

Writing, journalism                                                                                        $40-50/hr

Writing, non specified                                                                                   $40-100/hr

NOTE: ms = manuscript, pr = printed, pg = page, hr = hour, wd = word

Payments may be made through PayPal. Money orders are also welcome. I can accept personal checks, but the check must clear before work on a project begins. This can take several weeks, depending on your bank. Arrangements can be made to work on your manuscript in stages if you would prefer not to submit a large project all at once. I request a deposit of fifty percent to begin; the balance due upon completion. I also offer a five percent discount if you pay your entire invoice at the time you engage my services.

Any questions or comments are welcome below.


2 Responses to Services

  1. Al Gernovich says:

    I personally used this service with great results. I had some pretty demanding time lines by the publisher and didn’t think the job could be accomplished. Much to my delight, the manuscript was edited and completed in record time. The book, Manoah, became a reality with the help of this professional.

  2. Absolutely an awesome experience. Not only did Carol help me write the content for my website but she did a killer job in a timely manner. I could not be happier or recommend anyone better for your writing needs.

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