Editing is the foundation of a solid manuscript. When editing
manuscripts, we will look for:
Audience (reading level, style, tone),
(metaphors and similes, foreshadowing, repetition),
Dialogue and Narrative
Description (use of imagery,
In addition to
manuscript editing, we also edit:
Resumes, Book Reports,
Correspondences, Press Releases,
And so much.
If you are still
unsure whether you need our editing services, ask yourself these
If you answered
"no" to any of the above, then you need us!
$2.50 per page. This service
requires checking the proof against the edited manuscript;
reading word for word, noting all punctuation, paragraphing,
capitalization, italics, and so forth and ensuring that any
handwritten editing has been correctly interpreted. We will also
proofread for spelling mistakes, word breaks, typeface and font,
page numbering and running headers, illustrations and tables,
overall appearance, adjusting page length, sense and (illogical,
garbled, repeated, or missing text).
Mechanical Editing =
$4.50 per page:
This service, also known as copyediting, involves two processes.
The first, being concerned with the mechanics of written
communication, is known as mechanical editing. It refers to
consistency in capitalization, spelling, hyphenation, table
format, use of abbreviations, and so forth; correctness of
punctuation, including ellipsis points, parentheses; the way
numbers are treated; consistency between text, tables and
illustrations; citation format; and other matters of style.
Mechanical editing also includes attention to grammar, syntax,
and usage at the most basic level. Such editing may include
either preparing an electronic file according to the
requirements of the production process and the medium in which
the work will be published or, if the editing is done by hand,
marking up the hard copy for a typesetter.
$6.50 per page:
This service deals with the organization and presentation of
existing content. It involves rephrasing for smoothness or to
eliminate ambiguity, reorganizing or tightening, reducing or
simplifying documentation, recasting tables, and other remedial
activities. (It should not be confused with developmental
editing, a more drastic process.
This service addresses more radically the content of a work, the
way material should be presented, the need for more or less
documentation and how it should be handled, and so on.
Since editing of this kind may involve total rewriting or
reorganization or a work, it should be done—if needed—before
manuscript editing begins. Up to three telephone or in-person
meetings of one hour each, if necessary.
Time. The amount of editing a manuscript needs depends
not only on how it has been prepared but also on the audience
for which the work is intended and the publication schedule.
Estimating how long the editing will take, which requires
looking at all parts of a manuscript and, often, editing a small
sample, can be based on page count or total number of words; in
either case the we will take into account any complexities in
the text, documentation, or illustrations as well as the medium
in which the editing will be done—on paper or in an electronic
file. Editing online, which often involves certain typesetting
functions such as coding or tagging, may take longer than
editing by hand, but production time may be shortened. Also
pertinent is information about the author's availability,
amenability to being edited, prosperity to revise, and so forth.
As a very rough estimate, a 100,000-word book manuscript may
take 75 to 100 hours (i.e., 2 to 4 weeks) before sending to the
author, plus 10 to 20 additional hours after the author's
initial review. (If an author has made substantial changes to
the edited manuscript, as much as a week's additional work may
Editing. We usually go through a manuscript three
times—once to do the initial editing, easily the longest stage;
a second time to review, refine, and sometimes correct the
editing; and a third time after the author's review.
is done in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style.
will be made without the client’s approval.
are mandatory; the client always has the final say.
maintains all copyright to its work, including all creative
writing conducted by TWA Solutions.
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