Frequently Asked Questions

Do you charge by the page?

No, we charge by number of words, not pages, to make it more convenient for you, considering that the number of words per page can vary greatly in different types of materials and under different formats.

In Microsoft Word, you can determine the word count of your document by going to Review and clicking Word Count. On average, one page of double-spaced text in size 12 Times New Roman font would be around 250 words, which in our middle-level editing package would cost $2.00.

This figure will be either confirmed or adjusted if the manuscript is extremely complex or requires many corrections. Please see our service rates and the specific packages.

What can I expect for my fee?

You can expect that one dedicated editor will read and work on your manuscript all the way through, and then we will do two full consecutive edits, followed immediately by a thorough review of a senior editor. Also, depending on the service package and your preferences, you will receive an all-inclusive assessment letter, which can range from two to twenty or more pages, recapping areas of improvement, focusing on what usually works and what does not, and commenting (in narrative material) on plot development, character development, and mechanics, particularly punctuation, capitalization, syntax or sentence structure, redundancies, conciseness and precision of words, and use of prepositions. We keep an eye on such things as typos, faulty parallelism, dangling or misplaced modifiers, commonly confused words, variant spellings, and awkward phrases or idioms.

You can count on us to ensure consistency in treatment as well as to leave room for flexibility where necessary. We understand that different materials and writing styles require different strokes, so we are sensitive to different types and levels of usage, including historical and regional differences, colloquial and formal, archaic use and modern slang, and so on.

Our objective is to enhance the overall integrity of your material, ensuring that it is polished, free of flagrant errors in fact and in grammar, readable, and suited to the target audience.

Are there any hidden charges?

No. The figure quoted and stated in your contract is all-inclusive and final. Other than return postage and printing fees, there are no other charges.

Do you edit online?

Yes. Depending on the type of editing and the length of the manuscript, and along with a host of other types of material, we edit online using the Microsoft Word tracking system. The cost varies according to the applicable service.

How long will it take to edit my manuscript?

Depending on the manuscript length and availability of the editor, it may take up to 3 weeks. We make it a point to focus more on accuracy than on speed, and the editor in charge edits only one manuscript at a time. Manuscripts are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and are put on schedule as soon as the editing contract and deposit are received.

Will I be published if my work is edited?

Please note that our service does not include guaranteeing that having your edited work will result in either representation by an agent or publication by a publisher. We can only assist in putting your manuscript in the best shape possible to hopefully attract an agent or publisher. If you are interested in ghostwriting services rather than editing, please contact us for more information.

You may also visit the Web sites of traditional publishers as well as self-publishing companies to explore your options.

Can I communicate directly to my editor/indexer/writer?

Yes, but through e-mails only.

Do you have a money-back guarantee?

Yes, under the terms and conditions of the contract of service.

What particular style guide do you use in editing?

We follow the Chicago Manual of Style or the Oxford Style Manual because of their wide usage and comprehensiveness. It is up to you to choose between these two style guides.

Feel free to contact us for more information.