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.

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 - $0.006 per word

When it happens:

Proofreading is the final round of edits, and it takes place only after your book has been copy edited.

What it involves:

  • Edit grammar, spelling, hyphenation, and punctuation

Copy Editing - $0.009 per word

When it happens:

After you have revised 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, accurate manuscript.

What it involves:

  • Edit grammar, spelling, hyphenation, and punctuation

  • Ensure style adherence to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition

  • Edits or feedback to ensure clarity, consistency, and cohesiveness

Beta Reading - $0.005 per word

When it happens:

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, and this happens before copy editing.

What it involves:

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)

Line Editing - $0.012 per word

When it happens:

Line editing happens after your draft is complete and before you hire a copy editor.

What it involves:

While editing spelling, grammar, and punctuation is included, line editing goes beyond that and works with word choice, sentence structure, plot, and characters.

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


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

— Matt Mignona, Creator of the Happier Mind Journal

Once again Meagan Nicole 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