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There are varying definitions for the different types of editing, so you can read below the definitions that I hold to so that you can decide which service is right for you. Even if you think you already know which service you need, please read through the descriptions carefully so that you can make sure we are both on the same page.

All services and packages require half of the payment before I begin editing, and the other half is due when the editing is complete. I accept payment through PayPal, which allows you to pay with your PayPal account or credit or debit card.

Also, I offer a free 500 word edit for new clients. Just email me a sample of your book and note which services you are interested in, and I'll have the free edit back to you in 1-2 business days.

Proofreading

When it happens:

Proofreading is the final round of edits before you get your book formatted and published, and it takes place only after your book has been copy edited. This gives your novel or short story one more editorial pass, proofing any final changes you may have made, before you send your book off to the printer.

What it involves:

  • Edit grammar, spelling, hyphenation, and punctuation

How much it costs:

Proofreading is 0.004 cents per word (word count x 0.004 = price). For example, a 50,000 word novel would be $200.

Copy Editing

When it happens:

Copy editing occurs after all the large development changes happen to a book. After you have drafted and redrafted your novel until the plot, characters, and structure are just like you want it, copy editing comes in to ensure that you have a readable and error-free manuscript.

What it involves:

  • Edit grammar, spelling, hyphenation, and punctuation
  • Ensure adherence to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
  • Edits or feedback to ensure clarity, consistency, and cohesiveness

How much it costs:

Copy editing is o.008 cents per word (word count x 0.008 = price). For example, a 50,000 word novel would be $400.

Beta Reading

When it happens:

Beta reading sometimes happens in place of line editing. If your budget does not allow for line editing but you'd still like feedback on the plot, structure, and characters, beta reading is a great option for you.

What it involves:

While a line editor revises and edits, a beta reader only leaves comments throughout your novel. No edits are made on grammar or character inconsistencies, but you will receive detailed in-line comments that will help you make revisions.

Here is a brief list of some of the things I look for and comment on:

  • Feedback on how engaging your plot is
  • Feedback on how believable and unique your characters are
  • Feedback on how gripping your description is
  • Call attention to inconsistencies in plot, characters, and description
  • Make suggestions for scenes that would benefit from revision (plus, what to revise)

How much it costs:

Beta reading is 0.005 cents per word (word count x 0.005 = price). For example, a 50,000 word novel would be $250.

Line Editing

When it happens:

Line editing happens after your draft is complete and before you hire a copy editor. If you've revised your draft but think it still needs some reworking, line editing is a great option for you, allowing you to receive revisions and feedback.

What it involves:

Line editing works on books at the paragraph and sentence level. The focus is making your message clear, concise, and consistent. While editing spelling, grammar, and punctuation is included, line editing goes beyond that and works with word choice, sentence structure, plot, and characters. Could you use a stronger verb? Could you eliminate that redundant description? Does that sentence say exactly what you intended for it to say? I ask all those questions and more and then I revise and edit your novel to help you make it a polished work.

I also include a style sheet with every book that lists all the editorial decisions that are made regarding style and spelling. If you write fantasy, I will also include a list of the fantasy names and words in your book so that you will be able to easily reference all the spellings during revisions or sequels.

Here's a brief list of some of the main things that I edit while doing a line edit:

  • Correct verb tenses
  • Rewrite for proper sentence structure
  • Rewrite for clarity, consistency, and cohesiveness in plot, characters, and descriptions
  • Rewrite or remove redundant phrases, sentences, or paragraphs
  • Remove overused words
  • Edit grammar, spelling, and punctuation

How much it costs:

Line editing is o.o1 cents per word (word count x 0.01 = price). For example, a 50,000 word novel would be $500.

Still Not Sure Which Service You Need?

Visit the "Get a Quote" page and fill out the form, including a minimum 1,000 word sample of your book. I will get back to you in 1 - 2 business days, and I will explain which service is right for you and why, along with a quote and turnaround time.

If you're still not sure if any of my services are right for you, I will provide you with a free 500 word edit. All you have to do is send me your 500 word sample and let me know which service you're interested in, and I will provide the edit that matches the service you requested.


Testimonials

Thank you for the fast turn around and high quality work - as always!!!

— Matt Mignona, Creator of the Happier Mind Journal

Once again Meagannicole has delivered a flawless gig.

— Charlie S. Donnelly III, Author of The Power of the Fitness Mind

 

This is the second time I used Meagan Nicole. I was once again super pleased. I would highly recommend her to anyone!

— Karen Ann Wertz, Author of The Game of Truths

Since this is my first attempt at writing fiction, I wanted a professional to review and edit the work in progress. MeaganNicole delivered before the deadline and provided a thorough copy edit. I would work with her again and give her 5 stars.

— Monica Luedecke, Author of The Goal House: Jacob's Super Summer of Success