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$350 Minimum Charge
6.5¢ to 11¢ Per Word (Unlimited Resubmissions!**)

**To correct weaknesses identified, as requested by the editor

Tier 4 service is designed especially for authors who want more guidance as they work through the writing, editing, and publishing process. It is equally appropriate for both first-time authors and for any author who is serious about their work.

This arrangement covers everything: a Professional Evaluation, a content/structural edit, copyediting, proofreading, an in-depth manuscript discussion, fact-checking, research assistance, query letter and synopsis assistance, insight into self-publishing, and educational resources. Limited availability.


A Full-Package edit is a long-term coaching service with a flat fee.

  • Tier 4 service includes a full copyedit, full proofread, and full Professional Evaluation.
  • You will be charged for your initial submission only; resubmissions to correct weaknesses and errors identified by the editor are unlimited.
  • We will provide an in-depth discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript to determine whether you need to fine-tune or completely restructure the book. The evaluation will include an objective reader’s point of view to gain insight into how gripping the plot is, whether the characters are intriguing or flat, and if the pacing is accurate. 
  • Authors can take advantage of multiple submissions of revised materials and one-to-one teaching, which may include emails, chapter-by-chapter editing, subsequent copyediting, and final proofreading.
  • In-depth fact-checking and research assistance is included (normally $45–75/hour) for free.
  • A proofread of your synopsis, blurbs, and query letters is also included for free.
  • This service ensures error-free text and also helps you improve your writing, plot elements, character development, and story pacing.
  • As a bonus, you will receive insight into self-publishing and POD distributors.


To utilize Tier 4 service, your manuscript must be a completed draft of a fiction or non-fiction book (additional new material, not requested by the editor, will result in further charges). You may resubmit your manuscript as many times as necessary during the editing process. We will start by looking at the big picture and the content, and slowly move through copyediting, and then proofreading.

This is going to be hard work—you will need to exert yourself at perfecting your writing and your manuscript. In addition to our instruction, Adirondack Editing will make recommendations directing you to publications or websites that will help you learn to write more effectively. When we are finished, you will definitely have a book worth publishing!

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. References can be provided to assure you of the efforts and dedication you will receive.


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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.