You’ve made your manuscript as solid as you can. Now it’s time to start fine-tuning your story’s continuity and flow to ensure a smooth reading experience.
Defining Line Editing
Once you’ve nailed down your plot, story arc, characters, and built your manuscript’s setting, it’s time to polish your story on a sentence level to make sure all the little details line up and flow off the page with style, flair, and proper grammar.
In a literal sense, line editing examines your manuscript on a line-by-line basis. A line editor makes sure the green shirt your character was wearing on page 3 is still green on page 5 and stops you from suddenly jerking from past tense to present tense in the middle of a sentence. This type of editing aims to perfect the reading experience for your audience.
Line editing is my most popular service. I help my authors punch up their dialogue, tweak their jokes, adjust pacing, and help provide just the right touch of drama to the parts that need it.
My rates for line editing vary depending on the state of the manuscript but fall anywhere between $0.016 per word and $0.04 per word. If your manuscript has been self-edited or has already been through another editor or editors, my quote would fall in the lower range of $0.016 (1.6 cents) per word. The rate is determined by a sample edit, which I do to gauge the amount of work required and to show you my editing style. Should you prefer an hourly rate, time will be billed at $50 per hour.
When quoting for line editing, I may include a quotation for both a single pass and for two passes, should I think your manuscript could use more than one full review. I may occasionally recommend three full passes. It is always recommended you hire a proofreader to check the manuscript after editing has been completed.
What I Provide With Line Editing
Should you hire me to line edit your manuscript, I will provide you with the following:
- Microsoft Word copy of your manuscript with editing suggestions and comments made with Track Changes. Editing will cover grammar, style, pacing, descriptions, dialogue, continuity, and plot flaws.
- Editorial letter in the form of an email or PDF.
- Email discussion of your manuscript.
I encourage my clients to ask specific questions after the edit to avoid any confusion over any of my suggestions, but please note that these discussions may incur an hourly consultation fee should they go past the norm.
Types of manuscripts accepted for line editing:
- Short stories
Please note that while I make every effort to correct any minor errors I find such as misspelled words, missing words, punctuation errors, and formatting issues, this is not the primary focus of editing. While I do offer a proofreading service, this is handled by my assistants to ensure a fresh set of eyes. I do not proofread manuscripts that I have edited.
Ready to get started?
If you’ve read through my services page and are ready to see if we’d make a great team, please feel free to request a quote and complimentary sample. If you’re not quite sure what you need, feel free to contact me so that we can discuss your needs.
Curious about my booking process? Watch the video below.
Line editing starts at $0.017 per word with a minimum of $35 per project.
Here’s the short version of what my line editing service includes:
Confused over commas? I can help you fix them.
I will help ensure your story flows properly from chapter to chapter.
I’ll help make sure your characters aren’t magically transporting themselves around your story and point out any plot flaws.
Does your dialogue sound clunky? Stiff? I can help fix that.
My line editing service does include the following, but these issues are not the primary focus of the service:
Spotting typos/missing words
Should you be particularly concerned about any of the above, please review my Proofreading service.