Editing



Nothing pulls a reader out of a book like mistakes, confusing sentences, or awkwardly worded prose. Editing polishes text by correcting errors and enhancing overall readability. Want to see what editing can do for you? I offer free sample edits of up to 1000 words. Click here to send me a sample today! You can also click here to see a portfolio of my past published projects.

 

How I Edit

I prefer to work in Microsoft Word. I use a combination of Track Changes and the comments feature. I believe editing has a strong educational component; therefore, I like to explain why I make certain changes so authors learn more about their tendencies and how to improve as writers. Some authors prefer more comments, while others prefer less, and I adjust my level of commenting to suit the author’s preference. I also embrace technology and use Word’s advanced search functions, Grammarly Premium’s contextual spelling feature, and Microsoft Excel to catch as many errors and inconsistencies as possible.

 

Services and Rates

I provide three editing services to fit the needs of your project: line editing (improving the text), proofreading (the final check), and complex editing (for new or ESL authors). The best type of edit for your manuscript depends on (1) the quality of the prose, (2) what you want to improve, and (3) your budget. See below for more detailed descriptions and rates. Don’t know which service to choose? Send me a short sample; I’ll review it for free and send you a recommendation!

Line Editing

Line editing improves the prose by enhancing clarity, flow, and overall readability by correcting grammar, reworking sentence structure, making the prose more concise, eliminating overused or repetitious phrases, and upgrading word choice. While line editing corrects errors, a follow-up and discounted proofread to catch any final mistakes or input errors is recommended (click here to read more).

$6.50 USD per 1000 words

Proofreading

Proofreading is the final check of your manuscript and is most helpful after a line edit or complex edit. Proofreading catches all those final mistakes—like typos, misplaced commas, or simple input errors—before your book gets published or goes live online. I discount proofreads by 25% if you bundle them with one of my other editing services (see Double-Pass Editing below).

$4.00 USD per 1000 words

Double-Pass Editing (best value)

This comprehensive service combines line editing and proofreading. First, I’ll line edit your manuscript, paying special attention to clarity, flow, and readability. I’ll then return it so you can review and action my comments and queries. Once you’re done checking it over, I’ll do the final proofread to give the manuscript a final polish.

$9.50 USD per 1000 words

Complex Editing

My complex editing service is best for authors who speak English as a second language, new authors just learning how to write, or authors who want substantial rewriting. Complex editing works great for small samples of 5,000 to 10,000 words so you can see where you need to improve and how you can become a better self-editor. All complex edits are different, so send me a sample and a description of your project’s needs, and I’ll give you a free quote!

Contact me for a free quote!

 

Editing Portfolio

Below are some of the past published projects I’ve edited or proofread. Use the arrows to navigate through the list and click on the thumbnail to view the book’s Amazon page.

 

Free Editing Sample

It’s hard to choose an editor. I believe that authors have the right to know what they’re paying for, so I offer free editing samples of up to 1000 words. Simply complete the form below and attach a piece of writing. I’ll return the sample within three business days. Your work will remain confidential and there’s absolutely no commitment to make a purchase. This contact form accepts .doc (unfortunately not .docx) and .pdf files. (If your file won’t attach, you can e-mail it directly to bodie@bdediting.com.)