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"The second most-frequent writing request, after books, is for school papers.  We respond to all such queries by refusing to help a student cheat himself (or herself) out of an education."
David Leonhardt of The Happy Guy Marketing, as quoted in Maclean's

What sets our copy editors apart: Our minds remain on the big picture while our eyes focus on the details.

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There is nothing that says "amateur" like misspellings, poor grammar or disconnects in a text. A publisher, literary agent or book reviewer will ignore your manuscript if the writing is under par, even if your content is phenomenal. Fortunately, it is so easy to head off instant failure before it happens by hiring a professional manuscript copy editor or proofreader for your book.

"Make sure your target audience actually reads your copy."

What our proofreaders and copy editors do for you

PROOFREADING: Let's begin with the basics. We can proofread your copy for you:

  • correct spelling
  • correct grammar
  • correct punctuation
  • correct word usage (Do you know when to use "that" and when to use "which"?)

Sometimes "correct" might include slang or colloquialisms, depending on the nature of your audience and the subject of your text. We understand that and we work with you to ensure your copy says what it should the way you mean it to.

We do more than just simple proofreading. We work across your pages or documents to ensure a consistent voice and uniform word usage. For example, if some chapters of your website or book are written in academic language, you probably don't want slang to appear out of context in other sections.

Similarly, if you use American spellings, such as "center" and "favor" in your text, you don't want to suddenly insert Canadian or British spellings, such as "centre" or "favour". And if you refer to running shoes in some places, sneakers in others and gym shoes in still others, you might want us to establish some consistency.

EDITING: Our manuscript editors can do all this for you, PLUS we can help bring your text to life. Adjectives and adverbs add a little extra touch, but a few well-placed action verbs, vivid nouns or powerful analogies can breathe even more life into your manuscript.

Our copy editors are in high demand

The chart below shows what services people are asking for, and as you can see, there are a lot of people just like you seeking editors to improve their copy:

 

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Read what our editing clients told us about our work.
See some of the books we have written or edited.

Our manuscript proofreader rates are $20/1000 words and our manuscript copy editor rates are $30/1000 words, with a minimum $100 charge. This price depends also on the condition of your text, and there are certain types of texts that require more work and therefore a higher price applies: academic texts, medical, scientific, technical, etc.

Samples of books we have written or edited

This is just a small sampling of those books we are at liberty to reveal...

Our editing clients speak out.

Our clients speak out.

Marty - memoir writer

I opened your edited file today. Although I have not had the strength to make the changes, they are PERFECT. You have done exactly what I had hoped you would do - you made my story better. I am eager to incorporate your suggestions and send it to my publisher. Thanks so much!

Gabriel Sinki - Christian author

I can't thank you enough for the excellent job you did. The article flows like a symphony... Of all the editors that did help me out - in my other publications - you are the best. I am very happy that I found you. and grateful for David that he recommended you. I will now submit the article for publication and if accepted I will hand you the book for your editing.

Alan, Karma Kisses Tea House

We would like to say we think you did a wonderful job editing our new website. The content flows really well and reads a lot smoother and sounds more professional now.

Toni - author, Alabama Blue

Debra is exactly the person/editor/lady I was looking for. She is not re-writing my book, she's making it better. I took 98%+ of her suggestions on my first fifty pages. I am very pleased and inspired. I LOVE WHAT SHE IS DOING WITH ALABAMA BLUE.

Looking for a copy editor or proofreader?

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