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$150 Minimum Charge
1.75¢ to 3.75¢ Per Word

Tier 2 service provides copyediting, which not only corrects what is wrong, but makes suggestions for improvements. It is a popular service for authors who wish to not only have their manuscript edited, but also want to gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their work and their writing. A Professional Evaluation may be added to this edit, and/or a second submission for proofreading, both at 15% off!


Tier 2 service offers light, medium, or heavy copyediting. Authors who choose this service not only want their manuscript edited, but to learn how to improve in the future!

  • Tier 2 service includes a complete copyedit tailored to meet your needs.
  • Improvements will be suggested, and examples of how some issues can be addressed will be provided.
  • You will also receive a text analysis report, which involves extracting your manuscript and analyzing all of its words. This process helps you understand your own text redundancies, writing patterns, and areas of weak prose.
  • Basic fact-checking (limited to ensuring correct spelling of current, not historical, proper nouns such as geography, movies, books, etc.) is included. In-depth fact-checking and/or research assistance can be added (at a separate hourly charge) for authors who need help with setting and plot elements. 
  • A free proofread of your synopsis, blurbs, and query letters is also included (maximum of 2,000 words).
  • A Professional Evaluation can be added to your copyedit at 15% off the normal price.
  • And you can add a separate proofreading round to your copyedit at 15% off the normal price.
  • This service gets into the nitty gritty and ensures that not only is everything picture perfect, but that it’s the best it can be!


The fee includes one manuscript submission unless an additional proofreading round is selected. The per-word rate range covers varying writers’ abilities. A final rate decision will be made after the sample edit, based on the condition of the writing.


The Text Analysis

Your Text Analysis will be returned in an Excel spreadsheet (or, if you do not own the Excel program, a PDF document). This report will display your usage of different words throughout your manuscript to help you to understand your own writing patterns and identify areas for improvement. The results will be organized by a number of variables that you can also manipulate yourself (numerical, alphabetical, percentages, calculations) and will show common errors like overused words, passive rather than active verbs, redundant usage of words, and will indicate an overuse of telling versus showing.

For screenshots and a more detailed explanation of the report, view the “Standalone Text Analysis” section on the Non-Editing Services page.



If you choose to do extensive rewriting of your manuscript after your Tier 2 copyediting has been completed (but before you feel it is publication-ready), you may resubmit it for copyediting or proofreading with sections flagged for re-editing. Additional submissions are billed at $45/hour for copyediting or $35/hour for proofreading, prorated by the quarter hour after the first hour. 

If you would like a full second submission included, you may now add a proofreading round to your copyedit at 15% off the normal proofreading rate! 

If you would like the option to re-work and re-submit your manuscript an unlimited number of times during the editing process, at no additional charge, Tier 4 service may be right for you.


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Rush jobs

Subject to the availability of Susan Uttendorfsky, owner.

Tier 1—Proofreading:

$250 minimum charge

2¢ per word

  • 1–40,000 words returned within 24 hours 
  • 40,001–85,000 words within 60 hours

Tier 2—Copyediting:

$400 minimum charge

4¢ to 8¢ per word

  • 1–40,000 words returned within 48 hours 
  • 40,001–85,000 words within 96 hours

Professional Evaluation:

$250 minimum charge

2¢ per word

  • 1–40,000 words returned within 24 hours 
  • 40,001–85,000 words within 60 hours

Rush jobs over 85,000 words are not accepted for editing, but may be for an evaluation. 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.