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Rick’s Editing Service

Editing available for fiction writing of any length from short stories to novels.

My rate for a basic one-pass copy edit is five dollars ($5) per thousand words for manuscripts up to 10,000 words. Over 10,000 words, the rate is $6 per thousand. This rate assumes you have done a basic clean-up of the manuscript beforehand. If a piece needs major clean-up work or I feel it’s not ready for my editing services (that is, it needs major revisions), I’ll decline to edit it and kick it back with my advice, but if you still want it edited, we can negotiate a new rate or I will do it with the caveat that I will only work within the limits of what is listed below:

  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Word usage errors
  • Consistency of usage
  • Limited fact checking as feasible
  • Basic story continuity elements

I will do my best to watch for continuity errors and anomalies. I make no promises that I’ll catch them all. These are the author’s responsibility, but I will be alert for them. If I can correct them, I will. If not, I’ll add a comment for you to deal with them. I also pay close attention to punctuation to ensure the manuscript reads as you intend.

I will not correct grammar in dialogue except for obvious spelling errors. If unsure of something, I will note these rather than change them. I will not alter your voice or the characters’ voices.

All work is done with Track Changes in MS Word.

Before I begin the actual editing, I will do some basic manuscript clean up (extra spaces, etc.). However, formatting clean-up beyond this is your job–or we can negotiate a separate fee for that. Some advice: be consistent with scene and paragraph breaks. NEVER use tabs in the manuscript; always use first-line indent. If you plan to produce an e-book, tabs will corrupt the formatting, as will extra spaces.

A free sample edit of 5-10 pages (double-spaced, max. 2500 words) is available so you can see the kind of work I do. No obligation.

Turnaround time varies depending on current workload. Inquire about my current schedule.

I will do my best to catch all errors, but no editor one is perfect, and a single-pass edit won’t catch everything. If you wish a second pass through your work, I will do it at a reduced rate of two dollars per thousand words less than the above quoted rates, and I require at least a one-month break between edits so I can view it with fresh eyes on the second pass. Therefore, the cleaner your manuscript is to begin with, the greater the chance that I’ll be able to deliver a very clean manuscript on a single pass.

Payment is accepted via PayPal or physical check once the project is done.

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