Editing can make or break a book and is essential for putting your best foot forward. Our in-house experts can help you in many areas of editorial services:

Editorial Assessment: $299

Our Editorial Assessment evaluates sections of your manuscript to gauge what type or level of editing could help polish it. As part of the process, a portion of your work (typically the first chapter or about 1,700 words) will be edited to provide you with a sample. We will give you a general assessment of your manuscript and commentary toward improving it.

The estimated time frame for the Editorial Assessment is two weeks. Depending on the results, the editorial evaluator will recommend the services of either a line editor, content editor, or developmental editor. If you choose to purchase the editing service recommended for your manuscript, we will assign your book to an editorial specialist who will take your book through a thorough editing process and address issues raised in the Editorial Assessment. You may also opt to work with your own editor or make the recommended changes yourself.

The Editorial Assessment is not a replacement for our featured editorial services but a preliminary diagnostic process that determines which areas of your manuscript need improvement.

You may opt to work with your own editor or make the recommended changes yourself.

Cover Review and Enhancement- $299

This service offers a review and optimization of your book’s back cover text, hardcover dust jacket flaps (if applicable), and author bio, in addition to any other cover material you have submitted. We can generally complete this service in one week depending on our work queue and the complexity of your work. To learn more or to order our Cover Copy Polish service, please call us at 717-925-7511. We’ll guide you through the process.

Line Editing- $0.033 per word

An editor will check the manuscript for paragraph structure, sentence flow, word choice, and language-related techniques. This also includes voice, style, readability, and forward movement.

Our line editing also incorporates copy editing, which highlights complicated errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The editor will also address syntax and word choice and make recommendations for improving the overall readability of the work.

Content Editing- $0.039 per word

A content editor will perform a more detailed line edit, which will check the grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, and word-choice errors. The editor will also focus on consistency and accuracy of content.

  • For fiction titles, the editor will focus on checking for consistency of plot details, characters, and setting.
  • For nonfiction titles, the editor will focus on maintaining consistency of information and ideas.

Progressive Manuscript Editing- $0.07 per word

The BookBuilders Developmental Editing service combines three editorial services into one package: First, a developmental editor evaluates the manuscript at the paragraph, chapter, and book levels and identifies big-picture areas that need work.

  • For fiction works, the editor will analyze the readership and genre to determine whether the content is appropriate. Then, things such as plot, pace, characterization, and dialogue will be closely examined.
  • For nonfiction titles, the editor will analyze the possible uses of the work to determine that the content is complete and appropriate, concepts are developed adequately, and the material is well-organized. The editor will make sure that all lists, graphs, and illustrations are used effectively throughout the book.

Once big-picture changes have been made, the second step, a free Content Edit, begins. The content editor will check the manuscript for errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Finally, the manuscript will receive a Quality Review to ensure the manuscript is editorially sound before it goes into production.

*There is a 5,000-word minimum charge for all editing services.

Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Prices listed do not include any applicable sales, use, excise, value-added, goods and services, or other tax, which will be added to the total at the time of purchase. Other restrictions may also apply.