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Services & Pricing


Fiction, Nonfiction, & Business Editing

Manuscript Evaluation (Fiction)
Prices Starting at $.0187/word

A manuscript evaluation is an in-depth structural and developmental editorial report.

I read your fiction manuscript all the way through while taking detailed notes, and those notes become an editorial letter filled with commentary on areas to tighten or cut, recommended enhancements in dialogue if needed, as well as suggested point of view (POV) switches if necessary to enhance your manuscript.

I also focus on your characters' personality traits and their physical descriptions, suggesting more or less details, depending on what is needed, keeping your target audience in mind.​

If the setting of your manuscript isn't fully realized, I will make suggestions on how to incorporate names of cities, states, and other more specific locations seamlessly.​

Lastly, I do not only read a manuscript as an editor, but also as a reader. I will give you insight as to what questions your audience may have, what questions you should answer for the reader, and when to keep certain details a mystery.

Line Editing (Fiction & Nonfiction)
Prices Starting at $.042/word

When I am performing line edits, I keep an eye out for

  • clichés

  • idioms

  • errors in sentence structure

  • word redundancies

  • inconsistencies in verb tense

  • active versus passive voice

  • subject-verb disagreements

  • instances where a synonym should be used to show instead of tell

  • instances where mood and tone could be improved upon

  • smooth transitions between sentences, suggesting rewording if choppy

Copy Editing (Fiction & Nonfiction)
Prices Starting at $.025/word

As a copy editor, I meticulously work my way through a manuscript word by word, watching for

  • spelling errors

  • incorrect or misplaced punctuations

  • grammar mistakes

  • run-on sentences

  • subject-verb disagreements

  • missing words

  • ambiguity

  • capitalization misuse (including overuse)

  • dangling and misplaced modifiers

  • common errors in word usage

  • pronoun-antecedent disagreements (including pronoun overuse)

  • pronouns with essential and nonessential clauses

  • verb tense shift

  • syntax

​On average, native English speakers find only sixty percent of errors. We copy editors not only check your content for the mistakes I previously mentioned, but we also ensure that your manuscript follows the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), 17th edition.

Line & Copy Editing
(Fiction & Nonfiction)

Package Prices Starting at $.035/word

This package includes everything listed under line editing and copy editing above, and more.
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Content Editing for Businesses
Price Range: $30.00 – $50.00/hour

Do you know that a lot of web designers do not employ editors to review content before it goes live? Some have copywriters who create relevant content, but even a copywriter needs another set of eyes on their work before it's shared with the public. Newspapers and magazines employ copy editors because they know that spelling errors on a website can cause high bounce rates, deterring potential clients and/or customers from returning.

Simple informational websites only need a one-time edit, whereas other sites that have a plethora of ever-changing information need ongoing editorial upkeep.

Before I edit web content, I obtain a list of SEO keywords to ensure they are not removed in the editing process. I add them to a style sheet specifically designed with your website in mind. Depending on client preference, I can edit web content in MS Word or in a content management system (CMS). From there, I look for errors in spelling, grammar, sentence structure, verb tense, style, etc. Any errors or inconsistencies I find are discussed with the website owner who always has the last word.

For flawless text and to keep visitors on your site longer, choose The Werd Nerd for your business editing needs.

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