Professional Editing

"Marcy Pusey helped me to edit my book "A Flower Of Love." I am very pleased how my book turned out by her editing. She was great to work with. Marcy has a pleasing way to make sure your book will get done in a fast manner, but yet done well. I will gladly suggest anyone for her editing help. I am convinced that you will be pleased with her help in many ways regarding the completion of your book."
Krister Hill
Author of A Flower of Love

I offer editing services for a variety of written content. The following information will help you determine if my service best meets your needs.

Editing takes a deeper look at the flow and overall quality of your work. While editing includes all steps involved in proofreading, the focus is on ensuring that the document makes sense, the writing is easy to understand, best organized, and most suitable for your audience. 

Proofreading ensures that your written document is perfect in terms of superficial errors in spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and formatting. In order to do this, accuracy is verified in the following areas: grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling, consistency, formatting. Proofreading ensures that the document is free of errors and polished to a high standard. It is often the last step before publishing or printing. A separate proofreader after an edit is always recommended.

What to Expect  

I am both an author and an editor. I have seen my work FULL of “red ink” and know what it feels like to be on both sides of the editing process. I know the fear of hitting “send” to your editor and clicking “open” when your document comes back. And I know the thrill and confidence of submitting your beautifully edited work for publishing. I bring these experiences into my work with you.

  • You can expect lovingly honest service and a final product that you can confidently submit.
  • You can expect a quick response to your questions without judgment.
  • You can expect that when your work is returned to you, it will still sound like you.
  • You can expect your work returned to you in the agreed upon timeframe.

You may submit Microsoft Word, Pages, or Google Docs. After receipt of your document, I will complete the review using tracked changes / suggestions. 

Please be advised that you will not receive a clean copy. You will see my suggested edits and have the option to incorporate or reject the changes yourself, giving you greater control over the final product. 

Rates

My basic pricing structure is listed below. I am also happy to provide you with a customized quote for your particular project.

I aim to return a first edit within 10 business days. (All turnaround times are expressed in business days.)

Editing jobs received after 8 p.m Eastern Time. will be logged in as received the next morning. Rush charges apply if you need an expedited project completed over a weekend. 

Below is a brief list of the usual steps taken through a project. Exceptions can be made to suit your individual needs. 

EDITING Services

STEP 1: Check my editing calendar for an available start date for your book’s editing journey. I have limited time and want to make sure I can dedicate what I have to your book. If you agree to the timeframe, schedule your book and proceed to step 2. Plan to have your book to me no later than your scheduled start date (sending it early is fine). 

STEP 2: Pay the 50% non-refundable deposit, to be applied to your balance, via PayPal to marcypusey@gmail.com

STEP 3: Fill in THIS form and submit your document according to the instructions.

STEP 4: I will send you a contract to sign and return before the start of editing.

STEP 5: I read through your entire book for content. I fix all errors and rewrite sentences for clarity. When necessary I will denote sentences that require your assistance.

STEP 6: I email to you a review copy with any questions or suggestions regarding issues that I cannot resolve on my own. Ideally, you will return this copy to me, with questions answered, within 24-48 hours.

STEP 7: I read through your entire book to catch remaining errors/issues.

STEP 8: I notify you that your book is ready for submission and request final payment. Once final payment is made, I release your work!!! I keep digital copies of all my work for 6 months.

Editing Cost

Cost is by word: 
$0.035/word

$350 flat for projects up to 10,000 words.

If you want a picture book edit or critique, click here.

A 50% deposit non-refundable is due before start of work. (APPLIES TO FINAL BALANCE.)

RUSH FEES

Apply when a paper must be edited in fewer than 10 business days. 

$200

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Sending excessive revisions once a deadline has been set will result in an appropriate rush fee.

Client changes to a deadline will result in a rush fee if the change is moved to within 72 hours of the request.

CLIENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CONDUCTING A FINAL REVIEW BEFORE BINDING. If you choose to skip this step, you are responsible for any missed errors.

No work will begin (and no commitment promised) until a secured deposit and signed contract are received.