What line editing entails:
- Comprehensive style guide convention (Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition)
- Voice (passive vs active)
- Structure (sentence construction)
- Consistency (switching point of views, character consistency, narrative direction, etc.)
- Style (vocabulary, adverb usage, etc.)
5 manuscript pages an hour, 250 words per manuscript page @ 35 dollars an hour.
This is merely an estimate, but in general, this rate assumes medium-level copyediting on a final draft. Once I quote a bid, fifty percent of the total is required upfront. The second half of the total is required before the final pass is started. We will discuss your needs and my conditions and enter a final rate of total hours at 30 dollars an hour before we enter into a contract and I begin to work. Information about refunds, guarantees and other common questions related to services offered can be found on the F.A.Q.
I do a two-pass system for line editing. The first pass is done in Word, in Review mode with Markup. Once I have completed this stage, I return the manuscript to you along with a report summing up my observations on style and structure issues along with my thoughts on your work, from the perspective of a reader. During the second phase, you approve or disapprove all edits and return the manuscript to me, along with additional changes based on my recommendations. I do the final edit on a printed copy and make changes in Word, using Review mode with Markup. The manuscript is returned to you, along with a scan of the printed copy with markup notations and notes, if desired.
For line editing, I am proofing for technical edits and to give guidance in areas that can strengthen and improve your writing. For the developmental editing, all I can do is make suggestions. It is up to you on how to proceed. I am editing your work, not writing it for you. It would be a disservice to you to presume to change your writing beyond correcting technical issues. During the line edit, my job is to give you guidance as a writer and to ensure your finished work is ready for publication.