Pricing & Rates

Service Rate Unit Minimum
Structural Review $10 USD per 1k words $100 USD
Line/Copy Edit $5 USD per 1k words $50 USD
Proofread $2 USD per 1k words $20 USD
+$20 USD [press-ready PDF]
Other Variable Variable


Editing processes are ordered separately (in most cases) and should be applied in the following order by you and/­or a professional. Yes, you may order only the one(s) you need.

ATTENTION: English Only. Manuscript review required before ordering to avoid wasting time/money on the wrong services.

1. Structural [Analysis] Review the Manuscript

Premise, character, plot and setting in fiction for an engaging experience. Logic, flow of concepts, clarity of subject matter (fiction or non-fiction).

2. Line/Copy Edit the Manuscript

Effective structure and clarity leading from one textual passage to the next. Spelling, punctuation and grammar.

3. “Content” Proofread the Manuscript

Final pre-layout refinement. Standard manuscript format only for clean access to pure content. NOTE: “Content Proofing” is never applied after layout for either print or ebook [see Step 5].

4. Layout for Print and/or eBook

No editing processes applicable.

5. “Product” Proofread the Layout [Post-Layout]

Applied only to a “Press-Ready” PDF by press production specifications. Layout structure and block-level style consistency (as well as textual content) are reviewed for final production. NOTE: “Product Proofing” is never applied to a manuscript.

For eBook Only Releases, product proofread can be applied to a PDF output of content before export to ebook formats.

For ordering, payment and delivery, see “About >> Your Order.” When ready to order, see “Contact >> Submit Query.”

Editing Service
Frequently Asked Questions

How do you deliver editor's notes?

All inline notes and suggested changes / corrections are entered into your manuscript via “Track Changes.” You can accept, reject and or alter changes at your discretion. No permanent changes are made to your content. Additional editor's documents may be delivered based on the type of service(s) you ordered.

ATTENTION: All edited manuscripts are returned in DOC and ODT format. In this way, you can review Track Changes in Microsoft Word (DOC(X)), OpenOffice and or LibreOffice (ODT).

Can I see an example of your editing?

In general, No. Distributing another's copyrighted content is illegal without signed (not emailed/­verbal) permission. If content is under contract to a publisher or other entity, another signed permission from an authorized representative may be required.

All contrary claims elsewhere are false, including in the general self-publishing community.

If interested in a sample based on your content, then consult with us. Have a 5 page sample ready in standard manuscript format. Either proofreading or line/­copy editing can be applied, but usually not both. Structural analysis is not possible with an excerpt.

ATTENTION: Editing will not be done on a homemade “layout.”

Do I need MS Word to work on my edited manuscript?

No. All FOSS office suites recommended by NDAS can open / save / save as / create / convert all MS Office files. (See “Office” in our “Resources” section.)

If you encounter a problem in an old(er) version of MS Word, then contact us. We have procedures that may solve your problem.

What if I encounter a problem in opening / viewing my edited manuscript?

Close the file; if you made changes, then ”Save As” (see ”File” menu) and enter a new file name. In this way, you might save work completed so far. Contact NDAS immediately. Address the email by name to the editor who worked on your manuscript. We have procedures that may solve your problem.

Your editor or qualified staff will assist you as quickly as possible. We also archive edited manuscripts for 30 days against complications.

How It Works

  1. After invoice and payment, submit textual content in one file. Indicate your text's English standard (US, GB, AU, etc.).

    • Pre-Layout—standard manuscript format (DOC, DOCX, ODT, WPS, or RTF).

    • Post-Layout (from elsewhere)—Press-Ready PDF; state final print format, press name & URL for us to acquire print specifications to check.

  2. Your editor enters suggested changes and comments in recorded “track changes” within your manuscript file; permanent changes are never entered. For Structural Editing, little if anything is entered into the manuscript; subject matter vs. prose content is handled through additional documents.

  3. Other documents may be included based on mode of editing.

  4. Your edited manuscript [with any additional documents] is returned via email in DOC, DOCX, or ODT format (your choice).

Review your returned content and apply your own edits on top of the editor's for layered refinement. When finished, accept (commit) or reject (delete) edits through “track changes,” individually or all once.

ATTENTION: You do not need Microsoft Word to do so. See “Resources: Office”.

Your NDAS editor is always available; use our main contact email and address your editor by name. [Yes, it really is that simple.] Your email address is not shared outside of NDAS.

See pertinent subsections for further details. If uncertain how your needs fit within these guidelines, or you need something not mentioned, then contact us. We are happy to advise you before you engage our editing services.