As an indie author, I understand the struggle to produce a polished manuscript without going bankrupt due to the necessary steps involved in making it as perfect as possible. Unless you have consistent sales that allow you to maintain a decent income, hiring professionals for editing and design services is almost impossible. This is even more true for new authors who haven’t yet been published.

My background is and always has been in English and English Education. My degree is in Secondary English Education, with extensive coursework in grammar, writing, linguistics, and editing. I have been providing copy editing and proofreading services on a semi-professional basis for many, many years. As a high school English teacher, my experience with editing is obviously used on an almost daily basis.

This is why I would like to offer my professional services at reasonable rates to those who would be interested. I can provide you with samples using a chapter or two of your own work before you make a decision to use my services. If your work contains a large amount of technical terminology or other devices that would require a very specific type of editing, I am probably not a good fit for you. However, if you are writing a novel that needs standard copy editing, I can offer very reasonable rates to help you on your way to a finished product that you will be proud to publish. I recommend that you do your own initial proofreading before submitting it for editing in order to avoid more extensive (therefore, more expensive!) work on my part. It is not my desire or design to overcharge or manipulate the work involved on any manuscript. If you wish to compare my rates with the average copy editing service, take a look at this chart that depicts the industry standards. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t come close to affording those kind of rates in my current position as a newly published author. The only services I provide at this time are basic and heavy copy editing, depending on how much work your manuscript needs. If you are unhappy with the sample I provide or the rates I’m offering, no further contract is necessary and no hard feelings 🙂


Basic Copy Editing: $20 per hour
Heavy Copy Editing: $25 per hour

To give an idea of how the rates would work: A typical 100,000-word manuscript in need of basic copy editing with 250 words per page would equal about 400 pages. At the rate of 10 pages an hour (more or less depending on the extent of the work needed), the end result would be around 40 hours of work.

Fill out the form below for more information about my services. Please be sure to include detailed information about the breadth and scope of your project, as well as other identifiers such as genre, reading level, etc. I look forward to working with you.