Nonfiction Editing

Why Nonfiction Authors Need Editing

We offer specialized editing services for nonfiction 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!):

Fine Art & Art History



Film & Media

History & History of Science

Languages & Literature




Race, Gender, & LGBTQ+

Society & Social Issues

Theatre & Performance

Manuscript Editing Services

Developmental / Structural Editing

Developmental editing 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.


Copyediting involves a rinse of your manuscript, with attention to grammar, punctuation, and mechanics (i.e., conforming it to house style or manual like the Chicago Manual of Style). Whether you’re an ESL writer or just need your manuscript formatted, this service will ensure that you deliver a clean document to your respective publisher or editor.


Proofreading is the final stage in the publication process and is reserved for minor typos and consistency between manuscript sections on page proofs. By the time you are ready for a proofread, your manuscript should have already gone through a content (developmental) edit and a copyedit. This service will ensure that your manuscript is publication-ready.


Note that the rates for developmental editing do not include front/back matter or citations/bibliographies.

Manuscript Assessment
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)

Service Details

Line edit
Improve word choice and syntax of sentences; address overall flow of writing; ensure consistent voice and tone
$0.06/word (up to 50k words); $0.05/word (50k words and up)

Short-Form Line Editing (Purchase Online)
For short documents under 2,500 words (e.g., blog posts, short essays)

We also offer hourly rates for publishers! Contact us for more information.

Service Details

Light Copyedit
Correct grammar and punctuation, apply style guide to text and citations

Medium Copyedit
Correct grammar and punctuation; improve word choice or voice; apply style guide to text and correct citations

Heavy Copyedit
Correct language, grammar, and punctuation; reformat text; apply style guide to text; overhaul citations

Short-Form Copyediting (Purchase Online)
For short documents under 2,500 words (e.g., blog posts, short essays)

We also offer hourly rates for publishers! Contact us for more information.

Service Details

Basic Proofread
$0.03 per word

Service Details

Apply style to foot/endnotes and/or bibliography (CMoS, APA, MLA, others)
$1.50/citation (not per note)

Convert biblio <-> notes
$2.50/note citation

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)

Manuscript Formatting
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)

Additional Services

Book Proposals

Evaluations for authors submitting to publishers


Work with an expert writer to craft content


For the writing and publishing process

Short Form & Blogs

For social media, blogs, and other short writing

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