Editing for Authors
Why Authors Need Editing
We offer specialized editing services for authors and other publishers of nonfiction, memoir, and general interest. Our authors typically write essays, opinion pieces or criticism, blog posts and website content, as well as book manuscripts for independent or popular presses.
Whether this is your first attempt or you’re well published, you need a trusted professional to give you feedback and to serve as your second pair of eyes. Flatpage offers high-quality editing with a fast turnaround and unlimited availability!
Our editors have PhDs in various subject areas, as well as specialized training and/or years of experience as manuscript editors. Many of our editors have published their own books and articles, including online and with renowned publishers.
Our professional editors help nonfiction authors in the following fields (and more!):
Manuscript Editing Services
Developmental / Structural Editing
Developmental editing services will help you shape the content of your document so that your contribution takes center stage. Our developmental editors have served as editors of journals and acquisitions editors at presses, and published widely. We can help you shape the argument, organization, and flow of your manuscript.
Line / Stylistic Editing
Line editing is used to address the style of your writing so that it has maximal impact. Our line editors are experts at the craft of writing and have published widely themselves. We can help you maintain a consistent tone, improve word choice, identify text to be cut/pruned or expanded upon, and write clear sentences in native English.
Note that the rates for developmental editing do not include front/back matter or citations/bibliographies.
Report + Call
$0.05/word (up to 50k words); $0.04/word (50k words and up)
Full Developmental Edit
Draft markup + Report + Call
$0.07/word (up to 50k words); $0.06/word (50k words and up)
Correct grammar and punctuation, apply style guide to text and citations
Correct grammar and punctuation; improve word choice or voice; apply style guide to text and correct citations
Correct language, grammar, and punctuation; reformat text; apply style guide to text; overhaul citations
Copyediting Add-On (Purchase Online)
For short documents under 2,000 words (e.g., blog posts, short essays)
We also offer hourly rates for publishers! Contact us for more information.
Apply style to foot/endnotes and/or bibliography (CMoS, APA, MLA, others)
$2/citation (not per note)
Convert biblio <-> notes
One of the last stages in publishing nonfiction books, but also the stage requiring special expertise. Priced per indexable page (PDF page proofs only; count includes body text/foot- or endnotes/illustrations/appendices but does not include front/back matter/bibliography)
Correcting layout issues, including front matter, pagination, figures and tables, headings, and page margins according to a style guide (e.g., CMoS, APA, or university guidelines)