E D Bird Services

Editing services for books, novellas, and newspaper and/or magazine articles.

Editing Services

(Prices are subject to change without notice.)

Having successfully completed an editing course earlier this year (2018), I am confident that I can assist you. So, if you’re a new author seeking guidance or a seasoned writer wanting a professional copyedit, I offer a full range of editing services which include:

  • Manuscript Proofreading
  • Manuscript Evaluation & Review
  • Manuscript Copyediting

All charges are calculated on word count and the type of service you choose. Please note that all hourly time is prorated by the quarter hour (rather than by the hour). Depending on the type of service required, and the quality of writing, the price may be negotiable, particularly for returning customers.


Proofreading

This service is calculated at US$0.01 per word, with a minimum fee of US$40, and ensures that your manuscript is perfect, with correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.

The fee includes:

  • A complete proofread of your manuscript
  • Consistency and style
  • Checking of grammar and spelling
  • Checking the correct usage of punctuation

The fee covers a single proofread of the manuscript - subsequent requests will be charged at 50% of the original quoted fee.

Many authors ask the question, do I really need a proofread? The simple answer is, YES. It’s extremely difficult for authors to pick up their own errors, and that’s where a fresh pair of eyes can play a crucial part in ensuring your manuscript is perfect.

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Evaluation & Review

The fee for this service is US$0.02 per word, with a minimum fee of US$75

The fee includes:

  • A complete proofread of your manuscript
  • A manuscript evaluation
  • Analysis of the strengths and weaknesses within your writing and your manuscript
  • Basic fact-checking
  • A proofread of the synopsis, blurb, and query letter is included as standard

Once the sample edit has been completed, the rate will be calculated according to the author’s abilities. The style of writing, presentation and constructs of language will also be used to determine the rate. The calculated fee covers one manuscript.

The manuscript evaluation and analysis will be sent to you electronically in a PDF document. It will provide you with a detailed breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses within your writing, as well as the content of the book. Depending on the format submitted, comments or annotations will be inserted in the original manuscript and returned along with the evaluation.


Copyediting

This service is charged at US$0.03 per word with a minimum fee of US$100, and provides a thorough copyedit together with a following proofread.

The fee includes:

  • A complete copyedit
  • The author is afforded the opportunity to accept or reject edits, and then resubmit the manuscript for a final proofread
  • A final proofread (includes all elements listed in the Proofreading service)

This service will provide a complete copyedit, and will include suggestions for improvements. It will point out any inconsistencies, discrepancies, unclear statements or assertions, plot holes, and loose ends.

A two week limit is set for you to review, and accept or reject the edits. For larger manuscripts the review period may be negotiated with an upper limit of four weeks. The manuscript must then be resubmitted for the final proofread, which will pick up any remaining problems with grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation and formatting errors.

Once the sample edit has been completed, the rate will be calculated according to the author’s abilities. The style of writing, presentation and constructs of language will also be used to determine the rate. The calculated fee covers one manuscript.

Should you decide to do extensive rewriting of your manuscript after a copyedit or proofreading provided by me, you can resubmit your new manuscript. The fee for resubmissions will be the lesser of US$40 per hour for copyediting, or US$30 per hour for proofreading, or the calculated fee based on the rates above per service.