Manuscript 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 takes place. 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.

How Does Content Editing Work?

There are multiple stages to the way I content edit.

Stage One: This is the very first pass through the manuscript. I read the book, with an eye toward examining the story structure, character arc, pacing, etc. in order to make improvements from a broad, high-level perspective. Once I have completed this stage, I send back the manuscript along with an editorial letter detailing what I’ve found and suggested improvements to the manuscript. Once the author has completed implementing any improvements to the manuscript that they desire, they send it back to me and we move on to stage two.

Stage Two: This is the stage in which I go through the manuscript for a second time. During this pass-through, I look at the manuscript at the sentence level, correcting grammar, word usage, sentence structure, and more, paying special attention to awkward phrasings, overused words, unnecessary clichés, repetitiveness, and anything else that may catch my attention. This is, in essence, a line edit. Once I have completed this stage, I send the manuscript back to the author for their approval. Once they have accepted or rejected any changes as they feel necessary, they send the manuscript back to me for the final stage.

Stage Three: Stage three is a final read-through of the manuscript, looking for any stray errors that may have been missed in the first two stages. This stage tends to go pretty quickly, and once it is completed, the final manuscript is sent back to the author.

If the author desires any additional read-throughs of the manuscript for stray errors after stage three has been completed, there will be an additional fee charged at the rate of my proofreading fees.

What Types of Books Do I Content Edit?

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 Do I Charge for Content Editing?

Content editing tends to be more expensive than proofreading and copyediting, because it requires much more work than the two lower levels of editing. The fee is calculated on a case-by-case basis based on my assessment of how much work the book will need. If you are interested in these services, please get in touch with me via the contact page and I will get back with you to take a look at your manuscript and see what we can work out!

How Long Does It Take For Me to Content Edit a Project?

This can vary pretty wildly. An individual schedule based on author and editor availability is worked out at the start of the project, with mutually agreed-upon deadlines set for each stage, along with a goal completion date. This is fully adjustable based on client needs.

How Do I Accept Payment?

I send invoices via Zoho Books. Thanks to their setup, I am able to accept Paypal and all major credit and debit cards. I also accept payment via Zelle bank transfer, and in addition, I can accept payments via check or money order on special request.

Unless the client is utilizing a monthly payment plan, a deposit of 50% of the total fee is required at the start of the project. For example, if your total fee is $1,000, you will be invoiced $500 at the beginning of the project.

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. (An exception to this exists if the completion date falls within the last week of the month. In this case, a late fee would not apply until the end of the following month.)

How Do Clients Reserve a Spot on My Schedule for Content Editing?

Simply fill out the form on the contact page, and I will be in touch with you via email ASAP to get everything set up!