Content Editing

What is Content Editing?

Content editing is the biggest, most time-consuming stage of the editorial process. It is usually done first, before any copyediting or proofreading is completed. When content editing, I make significant changes to a manuscript, such as rewriting and reorganizing the words to take them to that next level, from draft to a more professional, completed project in order to make sure the book has the best, most cohesive narrative it can have.

What Types of Books Does Jessica Content Edit?

As with proofreading and copyediting, I will content edit any book that can be fit into my schedule. I enjoy editing of all types, as it gives me a chance to work with a client to take their manuscript to the next level while also maintaining the author’s voice and writing style. I will (and have) edited projects in both fiction and nonfiction categories in an assortment of genres, including romance (and its many subgenres), horror, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, speculative fiction, thrillers, suspense, cozy mysteries, memoirs, self help, history, and more.

How Much Does Jessica Charge for Content Editing?

This can vary widely, as it is all dependent on how much time and effort the individual book requires. As a result, content editing tends to be more expensive than proofreading and copyediting, because it requires far more work than the other types of editing. I currently charge $0.025/word for content editing. This includes multiple passes through the book while working directly with the author to refine every scene in the book to be the best it can be.

To calculate a ballpark estimate of how much it would cost you for my content editing services, multiply your project’s word count by $0.025. If you have an 80,000-word project, multiply that 80,000 by $0.025, and you will see an approximate total cost of $2,000 to have your project content edited.

How Long Does It Take Jessica to Content Edit a Project?

This question is entirely dependent on many factors, including how much work the project requires. Considering the multiple passes typically made through the project, for an 80,000-word novel, I would expect to spend approximately one month from start to completion of the project.

How Does Jessica Accept Payment?

All payments are accepted via Paypal. However, alternative arrangements via another service, check, or money order can be made.

A deposit of 50% of the total fee is required at the scheduling of the project. For example, if your total fee is $1,000, you will be invoiced $500 at the time of scheduling.

The second half of the project fee is due at the completion of the project, prior to the project being returned to the client.

Once the project is completed, payment is due no later than the last day of the month in which the project is completed. If you fail to pay by the last day of the month, you will be charged a $25 late fee at the beginning of the next month, and another $25 for every month that the invoice fails to be paid.

If you have paid a 50% deposit and cancel no less than one week prior to the scheduled start of the project, half of the deposit will be returned to you. For example, if you paid a $500 deposit for your book and cancel the project seven or more days before the project is scheduled to start, you will be refunded $250, with the other half serving as a cancellation fee. This is to compensate for the time allotted to your book in which other projects could have been scheduled.

If you cancel your scheduled work with less than a week before the scheduled start remaining, you will forfeit the entire 50% deposit as a cancellation fee.

If you postpone/reschedule, no additional deposit will be required, and any deposit monies paid at that point will count toward the total fee due at the end of the project.

How Do I Reserve a Spot on Jessica’s Schedule for Content Editing?

Simply fill out the form under the “contact” option at the top of the screen, and I will be in touch with you via email ASAP to get everything set up!