Book / Manuscript Editing


Editing processes should be applied in the following order by you and/­or a professional. Yes, you may order only the one(s) you need. Time to completion is as listed plus 2 weekdays. See our “F·A·Q” for answers to common questions.

ATTENTION: English Only. Standard manuscript format required. We will advise before you order about services recommended based on manuscript [format] review. Your final choice will be respected, but we will not combine services in one pass, which is not done by professionals.

1. Structural Analysis [Review] the Manuscript — Special Arrangement Only.

Intensive and time-consuming. Premise, character, plot and setting in fiction for an engaging experience. Logic, organization of concepts, clarity of subject matter (fiction or non-fiction). TIME: 1 weekday per 5k words.

2. Line/Copy Edit the Manuscript — $15 & 1 weekday / 10k words; $50 min.

Effective structure and clarity leading from one textual passage to the next. Spelling, punctuation and grammar by standard Track Changes (DOC, DOCX, ODT).

3. “Content” Proofread the Manuscript — $5 & 1 weekday / 10k words; $20 min.

Pre-layout refinement of content (print and/or ebook) by standard Track Changes (DOC, DOCX, ODT).

4. Layout for Print and/or eBook

No editing processes applicable.

5. “Product” Proofread the Layout — eBook and/or Print; PDF output required; $10 & 1 weekday / 10k words; $30 min.

“Press-Ready” PDF & Press Specifications required. Layout structure and block-level style consistency (as well as textual content) are reviewed. Corrections by industry standard ACNs [Author Change Notes], not Track Changes. Yes, we 2nd proof print-ready layouts completed elsewhere.

For eBook Only Releases, product proofread of PDF output of content for later (re)export to ebook formats. We will advise on this process; it is not as complicated as assumed.

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

How It Works

  1. After invoice & payment, submit textual content in manuscript format. Editing will not be applied to a homemade layout except for “product proofreading.” Indicate text's English standard (US, GB, AU, etc.).

  2. Suggested changes and comments are entered in recorded “track changes” within your manuscript file; permanent changes are never entered. For Structural Editing, subject matter vs. prose content is handled through additional documents.

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

  4. Edited manuscript [with any additional documents] is returned via email in DOC and ODT format.

Review 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 at once.

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

Your NDAS editor is available for additional consultation; use our contact email and address your editor by name.

If uncertain how your needs fit within these guidelines, or you need something not mentioned, then contact NDAS. We are happy to advise you before you engage our editing services.