Services & Pricing
Web Content Editing
Book Editing (Fiction & Nonfiction)
Monday through Friday | 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (PDT). Editing on weekends will be considered with at least 24-hour notice and at an increased (weekend) rate to be determined upon request of service.
Web Content Editing
Do you know that 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 web editing needs. (See Pricing below.)
A manuscript evaluation is an in-depth structural and developmental editorial report.
I read your 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.
When I am performing line edits, I tend to keep an eye out for:
errors in sentence structure
ambiguity (when a word or phrase has two or more possible meanings it can confuse a reader and make the meaning of the sentence unclear, such as "Leslie and Jane gave the dog a bath and she got all wet." This simple sentence doesn't tell a reader who got wet. Since we don't know if the dog is male or female, and Leslie can be a man's name and a woman's name, the word she can refer to anyone mentioned in the sentence.)
inconsistencies in verb tense
active versus passive voice
instances where a synonym should be used to show instead of tell
instances when specific words are used more than once in a sentence
instances where mood and tone could be improved upon
smooth transitions between sentences, suggesting rewording if choppy
As a copy editor, I meticulously work my way through a manuscript word by word, watching for:
incorrect or misplaced punctuations
dangling and misplaced modifiers
common errors in word usage
pronouns - antecendent agreement
pronouns with essential and nonessential clauses
verb tense shift
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; we also ensure that your manuscript follows the Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS), 17th edition.
Service prices do not vary dependent upon genre, but are subject to change. Any changes made will appear here.
Web Content Editing: $25/hour
Manuscript Evaluation: $1,000 for a manuscript up to 80,000 words with a $100 increase for each additional 10,000 words (same pricing format for manuscripts under 80,000 words: 60,000 words = $800, 40,000 words = $600, etc.)
Line Editing: $0.018/word
Copy Editing: $0.016/word
Copy Editing + Line Editing Package: $0.03/word