Services

My goal is to preserve your voice and style while helping to make your manuscript the best it can be. Here’s how I can help:

 

Professional beta reading (fiction)

If your manuscript is finished and you’re looking for feedback regarding character development, plot structure, issues with point of view, pacing, etc., you may benefit from beta reading. My beta reading service includes one read-through of your manuscript. I add comments within the document itself to flag individual items that may need attention, and I provide a report with detailed commentary on the fundamental elements of your book or short story.

Copy editing

The scope of copy editing can vary depending on the needs of the manuscript. In a light copy edit, I clean up formatting and correct minor errors in punctuation, spelling, and grammar. A heavy copy edit (sometimes referred to as a line edit) includes more substantive changes, such as rewording sentences or passages for clarity and consistency in style and voice. I use the Track Changes and commenting features in Microsoft Word to make edits and queries for client review.

Proofreading

At the proofreading stage, your document has been thoroughly edited and is ready for one final pass to catch lingering typographical errors or formatting problems. This is typically the final stage of editing prior to publishing. I proofread Microsoft Word documents or PDFs using Word’s Track Changes feature or the editing tools in Adobe software.

 

Rates

Beta reading: flat rate of $.0015 per word

Light copy edit: starting at $.01 per word

Heavy copy edit: starting at $.02 per word

Proofreading: starting at $.008 per word

Editing costs will vary depending on the scope of the project.

For copy editing and proofreading projects, I’m happy to provide a complimentary sample edit of 500 to 1,000 words and a no-obligation quote to help you determine if I would be a good fit for you. I accept Microsoft Word documents for editing projects and Word documents or PDFs for proofreading. Feel free to use this form to get in touch, or send me an email at sararose@vrugginkeditorial.com. I look forward to working with you!