Know Exactly How Much Editing Your Manuscript Needs with an Editorial Assessment

Looking for 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 and peace of mind!

What Are The 3 Different Types of Editing?

Your manuscript could potentially undergo three different types of editing:

  • Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • Developmental Editing

Learn more about what is entailed in each type of editing by scrolling below or by downloading our Editing Services Info Sheet.

Before You Choose An Editor…

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, we perform an EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT. It is an objective opinion of how much help your manuscript currently needs.

Here’s what you’ll receive:

  • A thorough reading of your work.
  • Identification of what is working well in your piece 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 editorial services.

Our EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT is $97. The turnaround time is typically less than a week.

Even if you are considering working with other editors, you can request an EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT from us as a stand-alone service. You can also use it to receive a second opinion of an edit that was already completed.

If you decided to use our editorial services, the cost of your EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT will be deducted from your editing services balance, but only if services are initiated within 30 days of our team emailing your completed assessment.

Preview our editing pricing and estimated turn-around times by scrolling below or by downloading our Editing Services Info Sheet.

Ready To Start Your Editorial Assessment?

When you are ready to begin your EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT, simply click the button below to make your $97 payment securely via Upon completing, you will immediately be directed to our manuscript upload page.

Do you have questions before you book this service? Contact us.

Please note: payment constitutes your acknowledgment of and agreement with our Terms of Service.

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 a week. 

What Is Copy Editing?

When copy 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. They will also aim to create consistency in your overall style, tone or voice, and in your transitions between and within 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 2 – 4 weeks to complete your project.

What Is Structural Editing?

When providing you with structural 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 a 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 one or more months to complete, depending on the condition of your manuscript. Please note that your revised manuscript will need at least one round of copy editing and proofreading prior to going to print.

Editing Rates and Turn Around Time