What: A line edit improves the sentence-level craft of storytelling by clarifying meaning, improving flow and word usage, eliminating wordiness, and enhancing the narrative style. A line edit also corrects objective errors, as outlined in the proofreading service.
When: After “big picture” elements (plot, dialogue, characters, scene structure & content, info dumps, etc.) have been evaluated and you have revised your manuscript to the best of your abilities, and before you proofread.
Cost: 0.01 – 0.02 / word ($100 to $200 per 10,000 words)
Time: 8,000 words / day on average
From You: a Word file (.doc or .docx) of your manuscript
My line editing service goes beyond grammar and punctuation and includes two thorough passes. I will clarify the meaning of sentences, eliminate jargon, improve word usage, flag inappropriate language based on your genre, target audience, and historical context, improve the narrative style, and correct any sentence-level craft issues.
Due to the level of editing and amount of changes applied to the manuscript, you will likely need a proofread before publishing.
Since this service focuses on sentence-level issues in style and correctness, I recommend hiring a developmental editor or finding beta readers or critique partners if you are concerned about any big-picture issues in your story.
The average cost usually falls between 0.012 to 0.015 per word.
A PayPal fee will be added to the total cost of the edits. It is calculated using http://thefeecalculator.com.
5% GST will be added to Canadian orders.
The listed rates are in US currency.