Most manuscripts are rejected, and most of those—most by far—are rejected for reasons that have nothing to do with creative content

What Our Proofing and Copyediting Can Do for You

     In today’s ultra-competitive publishing arena, you simply can’t afford not to have your manuscript in the best shape possible. Whereas a developmental editor, also called a content editor or “book doctor,” promises to try to help with imagery, plotting, and other ethereal elements that can't be measured or quantified, and who might or might not be of any use to you whatsoever, an expert proofer/copyeditor can always improve your work in the areas where publishers’ editors reject submissions more often than for any other reason—grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage, factual accuracy, solid continuity, and other nuts-’n’-bolts of professional-grade writing. No imperious and possibly worthless advice on improving the literary side of your writing, but actual expert editing and proofing you can use to improve the technical side of your work. You can tell the greatest story ever conceived, but it won’t do you any good if readers don’t stick around for it because they’re tired of working through the composition issues. Your story is your message; clear, professional-grade writing is your messenger. Put another way, the best tasting meal ever prepared is worthless if diners won’t taste it because you presented it to them on trash can lids instead of nice dinner plates.
       No book doctors—or developmental editors, or content editors, or whatever they might call themselves—can or will promise to actually make your manuscript better. We do promise that very thing, and we won’t charge you a cent if we can’t.




Flat Rate Charges
No added charges, ever



                         Cost by Length














Over 90,000

$35.00 each additional 5,000 words or part thereof



     Cashier’s checks, certified checks, and money orders are generally preferable because they require no bank processing time and thus get your work back to you faster, but we’re also happy to accept your personal check.
     In any case, as has been our practice for two decades, we will never cash your check before you are completely satisfied. This has always been and will always be our policy.


     We work with Microsoft Word®, OpenOffice Writer®, and LibreOffice Writer® files.
     We return proofed work to you as:
(1.)  (a.), a document file with suggested changes noted using your word processor’s change tracking function (with items requiring explanation amplified on in Comment balloons), in which you can, if desired, review and accept/reject individual changes one at a time; and (b.), for your convenience, a clean proofed file with all suggested changes integrated into the manuscript.
(2.)  A Shunn-formatted, submission-ready manuscript file of the document type you provided, with cover page.
(3.)  A complimentary Kindle® eBook of Dan Persinger’s highly regarded nuts-’n’-bolts guide, Writers’ Devils, the go-to reference of its kind since 2011.

Test-Drive Us with a Free Sample Edit
You Have Nothing to Lose!

     Click on the typewriter icon below and send us any ten contiguous double-spaced pages of your book-length manuscript as an attachment for a free edit. Talk with other service providers to see what we do that they don’t, and then get back to us below to have your edit done better and at about half their price by the proofing and copyediting service for fiction writers that’s been setting the standard of excellence for nearly two decades. It will be, as it has always been, our privilege to be of service to you.