Editorial Services

You've worked hard to finish your novel. You aren't one of those "I'll write a book someday" people—you did the thing. And you're serious and passionate about pursuing your dream of publication, whether it's with a publishing house or as an indie author. So now that you're ready to have the best, most polished, and tightest-plotted version of your book, it's time to bring in an editor.

Which is where we come in! The Author Studio is proud to provide top-notch, professional editorial services for completed manuscripts at all stages, from extensive developmental edits to line edits to proofreading. Our experienced editors have worked on New York Times and international bestsellers at top agencies and mainstream publishers, and love working collaboratively to make authors' dreams come true.

You know an expertly-edited book is sharp, well paced, tightly plotted, and full of memorable characters that readers will love long after the story's over. And you know you're ready to get your book there—you're here on a website for professional authors, after all! Taking the leap and working with The Author Studio will give you a turbo-boost in the direction of your dream career as an author.

What does the author studio offer?

Developmental Edit

A thorough developmental edit is the first step in creating a reader-ready manuscript. This in-depth edit looks at plot, pacing, internal consistency, character development, conflict, length of manuscript, and overall structure. You will receive an edit letter, as well as in-line notes in your manuscript (in Tracked Changes).

Line Edit

Line edits polish and strengthen your prose. This edit focuses in on things like sentence logic, clarity, individual word choice, and consistency of voice. It's best for manuscripts that have been through at least one major revision and are ready to be examined up close. Your edits will come as Tracked Changes.

Proofreading

For manuscripts that are rarin' to go, this final spot-check will zoom in on small errors, typos, and goofs like misplaced punctuation, misspelled words, and other distracting (but inevitable!) small flaws. If your manuscript has been line-edited (by us or by someone else), then proofreading is your next step before publication or submission. As with line edits, your edits will come as Tracked Changes.

How do I work with and pay my editor?

Developmental Edit
  • You submit a request for a free five-page edit below
  • Editor prepares five pages in Tracked Changes and provides a quote for a full developmental edit (.015–.02/word)
  • You and editor agree upon delivery dates for edits, typically 1–2 months from contract signing
  • You sign editorial client contract and pay first half of editorial fee via PayPal
  • Editor works on your manuscript
  • At deadline, editor provides you with edit letter and annotated manuscript
  • You pay remainder of fee via PayPal
Line Edit
  • You submit a request for a free five-page edit below
  • Editor prepares five pages in Tracked Changes and provides a quote for a full line edit (.01/word)
  • You and editor agree upon delivery dates for edits, typically 1–2 months from contract signing
  • You sign editorial client contract and pay first half of editorial fee via PayPal
  • Editor line-edits your manuscript
  • At deadline, editor provides you with line-edited manuscript
  • You pay remainder of fee via PayPal
Proofreading
  • You submit a request for a free five-page edit below
  • Editor prepares five pages in Tracked Changes and provides a quote for a full proofread (.008/word)
  • You and editor agree upon delivery dates for edits, typically one month from contract signing
  • You sign editorial client contract and pay first half of editorial fee via PayPal
  • Editor proofreads your manuscript
  • At deadline, editor provides you with proofread manuscript
  • You pay remainder of fee via PayPal

How much will editing cost?

  • Developmental edit: .015–.02 / word
  • Line edit: .01 / word
  • Proofreading: .008 / word

With a 75,000 word manuscript, for example, a developmental edit would cost between $1,125 and $1,500; a line edit $750; and proofreading $600.

Your editor will determine a quote for your full manuscript after the initial free five-page edit. We do the initial edit so that we can get to the know the project, your voice as a writer, and how best we can work with you!

Get your free sample edit and quote

Have any other questions not addressed here? We'd be happy to help!