Copy & Line Editing

Order a Copy Edit LAST before formatting and publishing and a Line Edit as your final REVISION before sharing publicly your book.

Copy Editing is recommended ONLY for confident fiction writers who have completed multiple revisions and are prepared to begin formatting, and is necessary as your FINAL Edit after all Line Edit revisions are complete.

Line Editing is recommended BEFORE sharing for distribution, review, or publication, and is necessary as the MINIMUM revision before submitting to literary agents or beta readers.

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Content Editing

Order a Content Edit to get professional in-line FEEDBACK and successfully rework the structural details of your book.

Content Editing is recommended for an IN-DEPTH Content Edit to better organize and polish your writing.

Content Editing is a necessary level of HELP REQUIRED when your writing has extensive issues with English grammar, comprehension, clarity, or structure.

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Developmental Story Editing & Critique

Developmental Story Editing & Critique from a Certified Book Coach

Developmental Story Editing & Critique is recommended for Feedback from a Certified Book Coach. Get an in-depth Substantive Edit to better structure, and develop your story. You will also receive a professional summary letter critiquing your entire presentation.

Developmental Story Editing & Critique is necessary for strengthening your story, while REVISING, organizing, and presenting your narrative. Get a Certified Book Coach to assess and strengthen your storytelling.

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Basic Copy & Line Editing


Basic Copy Editing includes checking your grammar, spelling, and punctuation for accuracy; ensuring consistency in your writing’s word choices, style, and compositional spacing; and eliminating jargon and repetitious words.

Basic Copy Editing is your FINAL edit after multiple revisions: You request this level when you are done. You have no further changes planned before formatting, proofreading, and then publishing.


Line Editing is your ideal choice when seeking professional editing services for ongoing revisions. Your Line Editor addresses your writing style, creative content, and use of language at the sentence and paragraph level.

Line Editing focuses on how you communicate with your reader. It corrects your sentence and paragraph structure, checks for subject-verb agreement, and inserts transitional phrasing as appropriate. Standard Line Editing includes our Basic Copy Editing services (correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, word usage; eliminating jargon and repetition; ensuring style consistency; and adjusting compositional spacing). Line Editing is a more technical editing style which adheres to your chosen style guide.

Your professional Line Editor improves the continuity and flow of your writing and support statements. You also receive in-line editorial remarks, suggestions, and feedback throughout your manuscript.

Line Editing is the writing industry standard. Publishing agents and university professors recommend this as the minimum level of professional editing prior to submitting for review and consideration.


Standard Content Editing

Content Editing is your ideal choice for completing your manuscript’s first draft when you desire honest feedback and thorough professional guidance on your overall presentation. Choose content editing for your first round of editing and always prior to peer review or public distribution as it is comprehensive.

Content Editing critiques your written presentation, flow/continuity, and consistency of thoughts. It ensures support of all statements, and it provides formatting according to industry style guides, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. Your content’s structural edit includes basic copy and standard line editing which corrects spelling, grammar, and punctuation; reviews your word choice; eliminates jargon and repetition; guarantees writing consistency; revises inappropriate verb tenses; and inserts transitional phrasing.

Your content editor provides professional, structural assessments and feedback on your manuscript throughout your document’s comments section.


Advanced Executive Content Editing

Executive Content Editing is your ideal choice for advanced English editing corrections. This in-depth writing assistance encompasses Content and Line Edits for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and consistency of verb tenses.

Plus, we ensure transitional phrasing, continuity/flow of your thoughts, and proper support of your statements. You also get our in-line professional Editorial Critique of your English writing strengths and challenges. Last, you receive sentence rewrites of up to 20% of your entire document, when necessary.

Executive Content Editing ensures you have a smooth English presentation which reads easily. Your in-line editorial critique evaluates your writing’s overall substance, organization, and presentation. You have insight into your writing, along with improvements made on your behalf. Upon completion, you can use the positive professional editorial commentaries to enhance your book marketing.


Coaching Developmental Story Editing & Critique

Get a Developmental Edit with a Certified Book Coach who evaluates your story and gives you professional insight and instructions at the highest level. Strengthen your story arc, character development, and plot. We use a checklist of 38 elements for every scene for an objective edit to show you exactly where and how to strengthen your writing.

Our Certified Developmental Editors structurally organize and professionally critique your manuscripts story. You get a high-level, substantive review with specific feedback for making revisions. Your book coach helps strengthen your presentation before you contact an agent. This allows you to overcome rejection due to common foundational weaknesses. Get help from an experienced publishing professional first.

Receive an in-depth Developmental Edit with analysis of your writing, reader engagement, and structural strength, plus a professional summary letter critiquing your entire presentation. The Developmental Edit includes an outline of your story arc with instructions for improvement. We also confirm your 5 key scenes and show you how to create the ideal story form. You receive a comprehensive evaluation of the word counts per scene and per character. Well recommend adjustments for your genre’s pacing to ensure theme consistency and overall balance. All of this is outlined in a professional summary letter which references your necessary revisions, highlights what you do well, instructs you where and how to solve specific issues, and explains why we recommend such. The developmental edit includes in-line changes, syntax rules, and feedback.

Developmental fiction editing focuses on story development, such as the plot, scene, point of view, characters, tone, voice, dialogue, pace, setting, readability, organization, and more. It is the most in-depth editing service available for storytellers.

Get a certified Story Coach who has unique publishing experience to assess your writing. They will developmentally edit and analyze your novel to show you HOW to make your story shine.

Delivery time is approximately 5-7 weeks.


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and perfect’ ANY document!

Since 1994, we have been professionally proofreading and editing words written by individuals, corporations, students, journals, universities, and other entities worldwide.

Our skills, expertise, and integrity have helped us to perfect the writing of SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND clients successfully! We hire only seasoned professional editors, and we GUARANTEE client satisfaction.

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