“Story is the message. Language is the messenger.”™

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Most manuscripts are rejected, and most of those—most by far—are rejected for reasons that have nothing to do with creative content


     In today’s ultra-competitive publishing arena, you simply can’t afford not to have your manuscript in the best shape you can achieve. Whereas a developmental editor, also called a content editor or “book doctor,” promises to try to help with imagery, plotting, and other ethereal elements that can't be measured or quantified, and who might or might not be of any use to you whatsoever, an expert proofer/copyeditor can always improve your work in the areas where publishers’ editors reject submissions more often than for any other reason—grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage, factual accuracy, solid continuity, and other structural elements of successful writing.
       We provide the actual expert editing and proofing you can use to improve the nuts-’n’-bolts of your work. You can tell the greatest story ever conceived, but it won’t do you any good if readers don’t stick around for it because they’re tired of working through the composition issues. Your story is your message; clear, professional-grade writing is your messenger. The words on the page are your sole connection to your reader.
       Most publications’ editors will never get to your storytelling if they encounter more than a couple of grammar-and-style issues in the first five pages; before they commit to finding out whether you can tell a story, they want to know if you can write. Put another way, the best tasting meal ever prepared is worthless if diners won’t taste it because you presented it to them on trash can lids instead of nice dinner plates.
       No book doctors—or developmental editors, or content editors, or whatever they might call themselves—can or will promise to actually make your manuscript better. We do promise that very thing, and we won’t charge you a cent if we can’t.


 
                         Copyediting/Proofing by Word Length:
                         No Hidden Charges, Ever
WORD LENGTH OUR ALL-INCLUSIVE CHARGE FOR COPYEDITING AND PROOFREADING

30,000-60,000

$700.00

60,001-75,000

$775.00

75,001-90,000

$850.00

Over 90,000

$50.00 each additional 5,000 words or part thereof

                         Charge Comparison
                         for an Average-Length (80,000 words) MS as of 07-20-2020
THE PROOFING DEPARTMENT

$850.00

EDITOR WORLD

$1280.00

SCRIBENDI

$1570.00

BOOK BABY

$2079.00

CAMDEN PARK EDITING

$2400.00

                         Payment Schedule
 

Half at beginning, remainder at project end.

 
 

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     Click on the typewriter icon below and send us any ten contiguous double-spaced pages of your book-length manuscript as an email attachment for a free edit. Talk with other editing services to see what we do that they don’t do and how much more they charge not to do it, and then get back to us below to have your edit done better and less expensively by the proofing and copyediting service for fiction writers that’s been setting the standard of excellence for almost two decades. It will be, as it has always been, our privilege to be of service to you.


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