Services and Rates

Becton Literary Services accepts a limited number of clients based on our current schedule. Please contact us for availabilty.

5-Page Sample Edit (Free)
Send five pages (1,250 words) of your manuscript for a free sample edit. This free service benefits both the writer and the editor. A sample edit shows the writer what to expect from the editor, and it will provide an example of the process the editor intends to follow. The sample also helps the editor determine which method of critique—proofreading or copyediting—the manuscript will most benefit from.

Proofreading
This option is useful for experienced writers who need a final check before submitting a manuscript to an agent or publisher. The editor performs a line edit on an electronic copy of your manuscript, using the corrections feature in Microsoft Word to correct errors in the rules of standard written English, which include the following: grammar; punctuation; spelling; sentence structure; shifts in tone, tense, person and number; subject-verb agreement; modifier placement; mechanics; and more.

Basic or Heavy Copyedit
Copyediting is useful for transforming intermediate versions into final drafts.

Mechanical Editing – This process involves a close reading of the manuscript with an eye to such matters as consistency of capitalization, spelling, hyphenation, and punctuation; agreement of verbs and subjects and other matters of syntax; number of ellipsis points; treatment of numbers; treatment of quotations; use of abbreviations and acronyms; use of italics and bold type; format of footnotes; and many similar details of style.

Style refers to rules regarding the mechanics of written communication as prescribed by specific publishers. (The editor makes certain that the manuscript’s set-up and grammar are in keeping with publisher’s in-house rules.) Style also refers to an author’s literary expression, which is taken into consideration during the second, nonmechanical, part of the editorial process. A good editor will not alter an author’s style but will ensure that the expression of the author’s style will not interfere with the reader’s understanding of the material skills.

Substantive Editing – This process involves suggestions for rewriting, reorganizing, or presenting material in other ways. A good editor will not alter an author’s style but will ensure that the expression of the author’s style will not interfere with the reader’s understanding of the material.

(Adapted from The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed. [The University of Chicago Press, 1993] 65.

Rates

Rates will be decided based on the level of editing and difficulty of the manuscript. They will be agreed upon in an Editorial Agreement before work begins.

Becton Literary Services’ Rates are based on the recommendations of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Fiction

  • Proofreading: $0.009-$0.015 per word
  • Basic Copyediting: $0.012-$0.032 per word
  • Heavy Copyediting: $0.032-$0.10 per word

Technical

  • $30-50 per hour