Services: Editing

Pricing & Rates

Mode Rate Unit Minimum
Proofread $1 USD per 1k words $20 USD
+$20 USD [press-ready PDF]
Line/Copy Edit $3 USD per 1k words $30 USD
Structural Edit $5 USD per 1k words $50 USD
Other Variable Variable

ATTENTION: English Only. Manuscript review required before ordering; we do not want you to waste time/money on the wrong services for your content's current phase/state.

Editing processes are ordered separately (in most cases) and should be applied in the following order by you and/­or a professional.

1. Structural Analysis (of the Story / Meaning) [Pre-Layout]

Premise, character, plot and setting in fiction for an engaging experience. Logical flow of concepts for complete comprehension of subject matter in fiction or non-fiction.

2. Line/Copy Edit (the Prose) [Pre-Layout]

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

3. Proofread (the Manuscript) [Pre-Layout]

Final pre-layout refinement. Standard manuscript format only for clean access to pure content. This is “Pre-Product Proofing” and thereby never applied to a layout, as that would be a waste of time/money.

4. Layout Phase (Print and/or eBook)
5. Proofread (the Layout) [Post-Layout]

Applied only to a “Press-Ready” PDF by the specific press's production specifications. Layout structure and block-level style consistency (as well as prose content) are reviewed for final production in print and/or ebook. This is “Product Proofing” and thereby never applied to a manuscript.

For an eBook Only Release, this second proofread can be applied to a PDF output of the textual content (step 3.5) before the content is exported to the ePUB (MOBI, AZW, etc.).

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

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 (elsewhere)—Press-Ready PDF; state final format, press name & URL for us to acquire print specifications, if needed.

  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.