Need an editor for your manuscript? Are you confused by the different types of editing available? Are you afraid of escalating costs? You are on the right page to get clarity before making any decisions!


Your manuscript could potentially undergo three different types of editing:

  • Proofreading
  • Copy (or Line) Editing
  • Developmental (or Structural) Editing

What Is Proofreading?

When proofreading, your editor will check for proper use of punctuation, spelling mistakes, typographical errors, and basic grammar usage. Your editor may make simple word choice replacements or eliminations for clarity and correctness.

Proofreading is the last phase of preparing your manuscript for publishing after you have completed several rounds of rewriting and revisions to your manuscript. Proofreading is typically the fastest and least expensive type of editing. Depending on the length of your manuscript, your proofreader could finish your project in about one to two weeks. 

What Is Copy Editing?

When copy (or line) editing, your editor will provide an in-depth, line-by-line analysis of your manuscript. Your editor will revise and rewrite for clarity and readability. Your editor will check for word choices (a. k. a. diction) and grammar usage, which includes correcting errors in verb tense agreement, syntax, and redundancy.

Your editor will also aim to create consistency in your overall style, tone of voice, and clarity of thought with and in-between chapters. Pricing for copy editing typically reflects the detailed nature of the work. Depending on the length of your manuscript and the rewrites necessary, your editor may require a month or more to complete your project.

What Is Structural Editing?

When providing you with structural or developmental editing, your editor will collaborate with you to clarify the overall structure and content of your book. Issues you will discuss include the book’s theme, main points, chapter organization, and chapter structure. Your editor may also provide guidance on tone & voice.

It is best to begin working with a developmental editor at the outset of the book writing process (also known as writing coaching). When engaged as an editorial service for an already completed manuscript draft, your editor will provide in-depth reorganization and rewriting (sometimes, ghostwriting). 

Structural or developmental editing is very involved and is the most expensive type of editing.  Your project may take two or more months to complete, depending on the condition of your manuscript. Please note that after receiving structural edits, your revised manuscript will still require at least one round of copy editing and at least one round of proofreading prior to going to print. Ideally, this additional work should be provided by a different editor.



Know Exactly How Much Editing Your Manuscript Needs…

Get an Editorial Assessment!

Sometimes self-published authors select the wrong type of editing for their project simply because they haven’t been properly educated about the true condition of their manuscript.

Before beginning any editorial work, our first step is to perform an Editorial Assessment. It is an objective opinion of how much help your manuscript currently needs.

Here’s what you’ll receive with our Editorial Assessment:

  • A thorough reading of your manuscript/draft/document.
  • Identification of what is working well and what needs further development or changes. 
  • An assessment of what type of editing is required for your current manuscript.
  • An MP3 recording detailing our findings.
  • A written summary of the main points of the assessment, along with a formal quote for our editorial services, based on the above-noted editing rates.

Our editing services quote may reflect a deduction of up to $500 based on the Editorial Assessment fee you paid.

You may also chose to use the Editorial Assessment as a stand-alone service to help you decide which editor to work with or to get a second opinion on an already edited document.

Do you have questions about our Editorial Services that weren’t answered on this page? Contact us before making any payments.

Ready To Start Your Editorial Assessment?

When you are ready to begin your EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT, simply click the appropriate button which corresponds to the word count of your document to make your payment securely via Upon completing, you will immediately be directed to our manuscript upload page and work will immediately begin.

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