You may be thinking about hiring an editor for the first time, and unsure about what "level" of service you need. And what about the cost? No secrets here: I charge a flat rate of $50 per hour, billed in 1/4 hour increments. I have no minimum job size. The amount of time spent on the job depends on the size of the job as well as the type of work I'm asked to do. While I crack my knuckles, pour yourself a glass of cucumber water and peruse this spa menu of the ways that I can massage your message.
Like Swedish massage, these services are not intense. No major restructuring will be done, but I will tweak your content until it is just right. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and formatting issues will be resolved. Any sentence that sounds truly "off" will be rewritten or brought to your attention. If there are embedded links, they will be checked to ensure that they are working properly.
In true proofreading, I am either checking a final document just prior to printing or I am comparing two iterations of a document and making sure that changes were made correctly and no images or text disappeared.
You're in need of a deep-tissue massage! You have a draft, but you know it needs major reworking. No problem! This will take more time than copyediting, but the results will be tremendous. The same little kinks that are caught with copyediting are also caught during substantive editing.
Meet me in the relaxation room, where you can slip on those flimsy spa flip-flops and share all of the ideas you want to communicate in your copy, as well as your unique "voice." Or take a steam and make me a recorded voice file on your phone as your thoughts flow! I can translate these into the content you need and submit it to you for further discussion and refinement. Relax, I've got you covered!
Ready for a rejuvenating sugar scrub? Do you have pesky typos or broken links hanging around your website and online classes like dead skin cells? What a rejuvenating feeling to scrub them out and show the world blemish-free beauty!