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$75 minimum charge
1¢* per word

Proofreading ensures your manuscript is picture perfect—everything is spelled right and looks good. This is our most basic service and is useful for authors who only want a high-level edit that focuses on mechanics and grammar.

Tier 1 service includes proofreading your book and also (free of charge) your synopsis, blurbs, and query letters.

If you select this service, we will check your entire manuscript for grammar, sentence structure, spelling, dropped quotation marks, indenting, and other grammatical and basic manuscript formatting errors. The fee includes one submission for proofreading. Additional submissions, if desired, are billed at $30/hour and prorated by the quarter hour. Fact-checking is also available for a separate hourly charge.

Do I Need a Proofread or a Copyedit?

Proofreading, also known as light copyediting, is intended to catch grammatical or basic formatting errors and nothing more. If your goal is to simply identify misspelled words, fix mechanics such as hyphens/dashes, capitalization, and apostrophes, or to correct sentences with structure problems, proofreading is for you. Another good explanation is here.

True copyediting goes a step further by making improvements—or suggestions for improvements—to the grammatical and basic formatting errors found in your work. Copyediting watches for inconsistencies, discrepancies, unclear statements or assertions, redundancies, plot holes, and loose ends, and offers suggestions for audience clarity. In non-fiction, copyediting also includes an eye toward formatting inconsistencies, incorrect footnotes and endnotes, and unreferenced material. If you are looking for corrected errors and recommendations on how to improve your writing and your book, copyediting is for you.


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Do you accept rush jobs?

Yes, Tiers 1 and 2 only, with a rush charge. Availability is subject to the schedule of Susan Uttendorfsky, owner.

Tier 1—Proofreading—$150 minimum charge

2¢ per word

  • 1–50,000 words can be returned within 24 hours 
  • 50,001–100,000 words can be returned within 60 hours

Tier 2—Copyediting—$300 minimum charge

4¢ to 8¢ per word

  • 1–50,000 words can be returned within 48 hours 
  • 50,001–100,000 words can be returned within 96 hours

Rush jobs over 100,000 words are not accepted. Please keep in mind that Susan's skills cannot be expected to be perfect at this speed, but she will do her best to have the MS error free.

*All funds are in US dollars.