Services: Editing

Pricing & Rates

Mode Unit Rate Minimum
Proof* 1k words per $2 USD $20 USD
[press-ready PDF] +$20 USD
Line/Copy* 1k words per $4 USD $40 USD
Structural** 1k words per $8 USD $80 USD
Other** Variable Variable

* Line/Copy and Proofreading may be combined for the same manuscript; 15% discount on total cost. Does not apply to press-ready PDFs.

** May not be combined with other modes of editing service.

ATTENTION: English Only. Manuscript review required before ordering. We do not want you to waste time/money.

Proofread (the Manuscript or press-ready PDF)

Final refinement (1) before layout and again (2) after a press-ready PDF export. Yes, publications should be “proofed” twice for a professional release. Separate proofread phases must be ordered separately.

We do not second-proof word-processor “layouts.” Final proofs must be press-ready PDFs so that we can review structure for print production.

Line/Copy Edit (the Prose)

Effective structure and clarity in meaning leading the reader from one textual passage to the next. Spelling, punctuation, grammer, structure and formatting by industry style standards.

Structural Analysis (The Story / Meaning as a Whole)

Premise, character, plot, and setting in fiction to create an immersive experience. Logical flow of concepts leading to connected comprehension of subject matter in fiction or non-fiction.

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—standard manuscript format (DOC, DOCX, ODT, WPS, or RTF). Indicate your text's English standard (US, GB, AU, etc.).

  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 this section's “FAQ” and or “Resouces: 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—or that of our personnel—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.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Editing…

Can I see an example of your editing?

In general, No. The only examples would be the content of other clients; as covered by copyright and our confidentiality standards, content of clients will not be redistributed in part or whole. We would not do so with your content.

If you wish to discuss a sample of work based on your content, consult with us. Have your sample of 1k words or less ready in manuscript format (see “I.A.” in the Bookshop). Editing will not be done in part or whole on a homemade “layout.”

About Your Software…

Do I need Microsoft Word to view and work with my edited manuscript file?

No. Any application that can view/edit “track changes” will work. There are multiple free (and open source) office suites capable of doing so and are better than Microsoft Word (See “Resources: Office”).

These application suites are growing in global adoption within education systems, corporations, municipalities, and local to national governments to replace all Microsoft Office applications.

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

Close the file without saving. If you have already worked on the file, then ”Save As” (see the ”File” menu) and enter a new file name. Contact NDAS immediately to tell us of your problem. Address the email by name to the editor who worked on your manuscript.

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

About Something Else…

What if my question is only partly answered here or not at all?

Please contact us, as we are available to help you. Your question and the answer may be something to share herein with others.

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