SELECTING YOUR EDITORIAL SERVICE
For professional book production, we will always recommend a professional edit. We also recommend a proofread once the book has been typeset (formatted into pages). These are minimum requirements for bookstore distribution and media reviews. Experienced, senior editors are used. Rates vary from 25c per word to 40c per word depending on the amount of work required and subject matter.
This level of editing is acceptable for manuscripts that are well-written and in good structural shape, but perhaps require another light pass and further grammar, punctuation and consistency checks. Experienced, mid-level and senior editors are used. Rates vary from 18c per word to 25c per word depending on the amount of work required and subject matter.
This is ONLY recommended for authors who have no or very limited budget and do not require bookstore distribution or media reviews. It is best suited for personal projects and/or private distribution. Junior editors are generally used. Rates are usually around 15c per word.
Ideally your manuscript should be edited, proofread, typeset, and proofread once again. However, due to the limited budgets of most self-publishing authors and lower sales volumes, the manuscript is often proofread only once. You can choose to do it after the manuscript has been edited or after the first set of pages has been typeset and formatted. A different person is always used for proofreading to ensure a new, fresh set of eyes on the book. Professional rates vary from 13c per word to 20c per word depending on the subject matter.