Services: Line Editing

Line Editing

Rate begins at .02 per word and includes copyediting.

I’ll focus on these areas at the paragraph level:

  • Awkward sentence construction
  • Choppy sentence flow and pacing
  • Word repetition and wordiness
  • Consistency of spelling, hyphenation, numbers, names, and facts (is your main character a blonde in one chapter and a redhead in another?)
  • Showing vs. telling
  • Excessive and incorrect dialogue tags
  • Adherence to current style manuals (Chicago Manual of Style, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Garner’s Modern American Usage, and more)
  • Point of view inconsistencies
  • Extraneous language, jargon, and ambiguities
  • Overused words and crutch words
  • Repetition and redundancies
  • Overused adverbs and adjectives
  • Punctuation
  • Minor fact-checking via Google

This edit does not focus on major plot, characterization, and repetitive point-of-view issues such as head hopping. Pervasive issues of this type should be addressed prior to line editing during a developmental or substantive edit, or I’ll be happy to discuss upgrading your service to a substantive edit if you’d like me to help you work on these issues.

When you’re finished incorporating all edits, you’ll still need proofreading. Please see the Proofreading page for more about this service.

The per-word rate listed is a starting rate. I will individualize your quote based on a manuscript assessment and brief sample edit, so I can determine how long it will take to complete your project. All editing quotes reflect my hourly rate of $50. There is a $75 minimum for all projects.

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Line Editing

Addresses tone, flow, pacing, dialogue and narrative structure, repetition, and more at the sentence and paragraph levels. Click here for more details and rates.

Developmental Editing

Tackles story-level issues such as plot, theme, characterization, “worldbuilding,” credibility, showing vs. telling, and point of view. Click here for more details and rates.


Focuses on technical flaws including grammar, style, accuracy, and consistency. Click here for more details and rates.

Substantive Editing

Includes heavy line editing as well as rewriting and, if needed, some ghostwriting. Appropriate for manuscripts requiring significant revision. Click here for more details and rates.

Other Services

For other services, including help with your book blurb, book synopsis, or book proposal and manuscript critiquing, writing coaching, and copywriting, click here. Click here for more details and rates.
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