Editing Services

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At Write Divas, we understand that there is more to life than shopping, gossip, and being the queens of the literary universe. There is quality editing as well!

Write Divas provides editing services to writers of fiction who are serious about improving their work. With over 20 years of combined industry experience, we are a company you can trust. Whether you need an assessment of your manuscript, a content edit, a copy edit or a proofread, we are here to help make your manuscript shine.

For authors, we offer a variety of services to help you at every stage of the writing process. For authors wanting to know the strengths and weaknesses of their manuscripts, we offer Manuscript Assessments. For the author that needs a final clean-up edit before publication, we recommend our Basic Proofread. For authors who need technical help, our Copy Edit is the way to go. For authors who need technical help and would like to know the reasons behind the edits with examples for revision, we recommend the Extended Copy Edit. For authors that need targeted creative advice along with technical editing, we recommend our Content Editing. Proofreads start at $0.004 per word; Copy Edits at $0.006 per word; Extended Copy Edits at $0.008 per word; and Content Edits at $0.0125 per word. And when you are ready to submit your manuscript to a publisher, we will be here to critique your query letter and synopsis.

We edit according to The Chicago Manual of Style Online 16th Edition and use the Unabridged Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.

At this time, we accept payment through PayPal only. Please use the contact form to request a bid or this form to ask questions about our services. Business Hours: Monday through Friday (excepting major US holidays), 9-5 CST.

Our schedules fill up quickly; therefore, we require a $25 reservation fee for authors who want to reserve a specific editing date. It is non-refundable, applicable to an author’s overall editing cost, and will be forfeited if the deadline is not met.

For any other inquiries into the services Write Divas provides, please e-mail us at Services@WriteDivas.com

Disclaimer: Write Divas will not assess the marketability of your manuscript, format your manuscript for publication, fact check, or give advice about possible legal issues. Though we do reserve the right to point out areas that could be problematic, this should be taken as an opinion and not as legal advice.

Basic Proofread

(One round of editing, in-line edits)

Editing cost:  $.004/word

Required time for standard edit: 16 business days  (More time may be required for manuscripts over 100,000 words.)

Description: Write Divas will proofread your manuscript for punctuation, spelling, typos and typographical errors. This service does not include any feedback on the manuscript. One round of edits.

This service is appropriate for authors who want to have one final round of clean up edits before the book goes to print.

Our Editors Will:

  • Correct capitalization
  • Correct punctuation
  • Correct spelling
  • Fix dropped words
  • Correct inconsistent formatting: technical (spelling, punctuation, hyphenation)
  • Correct inconsistent formatting: layout (italics, quotes, straight/curly quotes, paragraphing, line spacing, spacing, tabs, fonts, etc.)

 $0.004 per word

Basic Copy Edit

(One round of editing, in-line edits)

Editing cost: $.006/word

Required time for standard edit: 20 business days (More time may be required for manuscripts over 100,000 words.)

Description: Write Divas will copy edit your manuscript with inline edits and basic commentary for grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, verbose writing, and consistency. One round of edits.

This edit is appropriate for authors who have completed a content edit or for authors who have completed revising their manuscript and are readying their manuscript for publication or querying.

Our Editors Will:

  • Include everything included in the Basic Proofread
  • Identify issues with grammar
  • Identify issues with syntax & sentence structure (includes interrupting dialogue tags & odd dialogue tag structuring)
  • Correct tense
  • Correct subject/verb agreement
  • Identify issues with repetitiveness
  • Identify issues with redundancies
  • Streamline sentences (remove unnecessary words)
  • Identify issues with word choice (dead verbs, wrong word choice, adverb, overuse of adjectives)
  • Identify issues with passive voice & weak language (might, may, could have, perhaps)
  • Identify non-substantive inconsistencies
  • Provide minimal commentary when necessary

$0.006 per word

 

Extended Copy Edit

(One round of editing, in-line edits)

Editing cost: $0.008/word

Required time for standard edit: 20 business days (More time may be required for manuscripts over 100,000 words)

Description: Write Divas will copy edit your manuscript with inline edits and basic commentary for grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, verbose writing, and consistency. It includes explanations for suggested changes, examples of possible revisions, and a mini-assessment. One round of edits.

This edit is appropriate for authors who have completed a content edit or for authors who have completed revising their manuscript and are readying their manuscript for publication or querying.

 Our Editors Will:

  • Include everything in our Basic Proofread and Basic Copy Edit
  • Give commentary with examples and explanations about why certain edits should be made (limited to copy editing and proofreading issues)
  • Provide the Diva’s impressions of the edit (author strengths, weaknesses, technical advice to improve writing)

$0.008 per word

 

Content Edit

(Two rounds of editing, in-line edits)

Editing cost: $0.0125/word

Required time for standard edit: 32 business days for round one; 16 business days for round two (More time may be required for manuscripts over 100,000 words)

Description: Write Divas will edit your manuscript with inline edits for grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, verbose writing, consistency, and continuity. It includes descriptive commentary and limited developmental feedback on plot, pacing and character development. This edit includes a line edit where the editor will streamline the manuscript and give suggestions to help improve the pacing. We will assign two editors to your manuscript for a more thorough job.

This edit is appropriate for authors who have completed their manuscript revisions or rewrites but feel that their story could benefit from substantive and creative development.

 Our Editors Will:

  • Include everything in the Extended Copy Edit
  • Identify issues with perspective
  • Identify substantive inconsistencies
  • Identify inconsistent voice (author, narrator, & character)
  • Identify issues with florid language
  • Provide commentary throughout the manuscript
  • Offer limited developmental suggestions (plot, characterizations, etc.)
  • Identify issues with disembodied motion
  • Identify issues with dialogue (creative dialogue tags and banal dialogue, etc.)
  • Identify narrative issues (4th wall, author opinions bleeding through, portending, inconsistent narrative style, etc.)
  • Identify issues with pacing and tone

$0.0125 per word

 

Manuscript Assessment

Standard Manuscript Assessment cost:

Less than 40,000 words: $80

40,000-80,000 words: $120

80,001-120,000 words: $160

Over 120,000 words: $160 + $.002/every word over 120,000

Required time for standard assessment: 21 business days

Description: Write Divas recommends this service for manuscripts going through the revision process, preferably during the 2nd or 3rd round of revisions. Write Divas will provide an unbiased view before the final revision. The manuscript assessment includes a written report (up to ten pages) outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your story and a 30-minute phone call with Write Divas to go over the report and answer any questions.

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Editing Terms of Service

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT:   Your manuscript should be in standard manuscript format as follows:

  • 12px Times New Roman
  • returns instead of tabs
  • indents at .50
  • page breaks for new chapters
  • double spaced
  • Header with book title & author name
  • Footer with page numbers

PAYMENT: We accept payment through PayPal only. Word count is defined as the pre-editing word total of the manuscript. The cost of the edit is based on the pre-editing word count. 100% of total is to be received by Write Divas before the edit begins.

24-HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY: The Customer has 24 hours from submitting payment to Write Divas to cancel services, after which time, the sale is deemed final.

SATISFACTION GUARANTEE AND NOTICE OF DISSATISFACTION: Write Divas is committed to providing affordable, high-quality editing services. If for any reason the Customer is not satisfied with the work done by Write Divas, the Customer agrees, before seeking reimbursement, to contact the Write Divas by e-mail at CustomerSerivce@WriteDivas.com with the reasons for the dissatisfaction within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving the work. Write Divas and the Customer agree to make reasonable efforts to reach a satisfactory resolution through a re-edit or reassessment of the original work submitted by the Customer.

RIGHTS OF REFUSAL: **We reserve the right to refuse any book for any reason.**

We will NOT edit books with the following content: eroticized rape or incest, snuff, scat, golden showers, necrophilia, and bestiality.

SCOPE OF THE SERVICE AND LIMITS OF EXPERTISE: Write Divas provides editing, proofreading, critique, and other document preparation services. As such, Write Divas does not presume or promise any particular expertise in the subject of the document the customer submits to Write Divas for any of these services. Write Divas’ proposed revisions to the customer’s document are to be considered as a recommendation only.

DISCLAIMER: The Service and any Content accessible through the Service are provided “as-is” and, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Write Divas and Write Divas’ Suppliers disclaim all guarantees and warranties, whether express, implied or statutory, regarding the Service, Content, and related materials, including any warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, title, merchantability, and non-infringement. Write Divas reserves the right to refuse service for any reason.

Editing by Write Divas LLC is not a guarantee that your manuscript will be published or accepted for publication.

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