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I provide substantive copyediting and proofreading services for completed manuscripts, both fiction and non-fiction.


This is a complete, thorough edit of your manuscript using Track Changes in Word. I do a minimum of two passes through your work to catch and correct errors in grammar, punctuation, continuity, word choice, awkward phrasing, and spelling.

  • Chicago Manual of Style

  • Merriam-Webster or Oxford English Dictionary

  • Consistency in characters' appearance, back stories, actions, clothing etc.

  • Etymology checks for historical anachronisms (for historical manuscripts)

  • Consistency in hyphenations and spelling

  • Consistency in formatting - for example, the use of italics for signs or characters' thoughts

  • Check for word repetition and proper word usage

  • Style sheet of characters and place names included

Though a copyedit is not a critique or a developmental edit, as a reader, I will also question any inconsistencies in the plot and character arcs/actions.


Does your manuscript need one final check for pesky errors? Proofreading is a full check of your work to find mistakes that were missed during the editing process.

  • Punctuation

  • Formatting

  • Spelling

  • Continuity

  • Missing words and/or phrases.

Proofreading does not include stylistic checks, plot inconsistencies, or a style sheet. This is a final, "fresh" check of your manuscript for missed mistakes.


Copyedits are charged at a rate of $0.0103 per word.

This works out to approximately $500 for a 50,000 word manuscript and $1,000 for a 100,000 word manuscript.

Proofreading is charged at a rate of $0.0052 per word.

This works out to approximately $260 for a 50,000 word manuscript and $520 for a 100,000 word manuscript.

Payment is due in advance at the time of the contract signing.


Because I recognize that advance payment can be nerve-racking, I offer a FREE editing sample of 3-5 pages (1000-1200 words) for projects over 15,000 words.

This is to make sure you will be happy and satisfied with my work, and I'll be confident that I can help you polish your manuscript to a shine. It also gives us both the chance to ensure we'll be a good author/editor team.

I have a vested interest in my reputation as both an editor and author, so my ultimate goal is to establish a trustworthy, enjoyable, and mutually satisfactory relationship with my clients.


Copyedits up to 100,000 words - 2 weeks

Proofreads up to 100,000 words - 1 week

Rush work is available for an extra fee, if my schedule allows.


Contact me at nina AT for questions or to schedule your edit!


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