Professional Editing & Proofreading

"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 and proofreading services for a variety of written content. The following information will help you determine which service best meets your needs.

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. 

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. 

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 both packages. I am also happy to provide you with a customized quote for your particular project.

All turnaround times are expressed in business days.

Proofreading and 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. Click here for Proofreading Service rates and here for Editing Service rates.

EDITING Services

STEP 1: You contact me for my editing services and send me a complete draft of your work so that I can provide you with an estimate of costs or final quote.

STEP 2: You pay the 20% non-refundable deposit, to be applied to your balance.

STEP 3: I format your entire paper with regard to margins, headings, and general spacing.

STEP 4: I read through your entire paper for content. I fix all errors and rewrite sentences for clarity. When necessary I will denote sentences that require your assistance.

STEP 5: 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 6: I read through your entire paper to catch remaining errors/issues.

STEP 7: I notify you that your paper is ready for submission and I make request for 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: 
$0.025/word

A 20% 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. 

$100-$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 providing editor with any special formatting requests before work is completed. Regardless of the project, a $50 minimum will be charged.

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.     

PROOFREADING Services

STEP 1: You contact me for my proofreading services and send me a complete draft of your work so that I can provide you with a final quote.

STEP 2: You pay the appropriate non-refundable deposit, applied to your final balance.

STEP 3: I format your entire paper with regard to margins, headings, and general spacing.

STEP 4: I read through your entire paper for superficial errors like grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation. I fix all errors. When necessary I will denote sentences that require your assistance.

STEP 5: I read through your entire paper in hardcopy form to catch remaining errors/issues.

STEP 6: I review your paper one last time for general appearance.

STEP 7: I notify you that your paper is ready for submission and I make request for final payment. Once final payment is made, I release your work!!! I keep digital copies of all my work for 6 months.

Proofreading Cost

Minimum Charge:                                                                                                                                 $25.00 
Ideal for quick one-page jobs.

Standard Proofreading  (4-5 business day turnaround):                                                       $0.012/word
Requires a 20% deposit, applied to your balance. 

Expedited Proofreading  (2-3 business day turnaround):                                                       $0.02/word 
Applies to documents with fewer than 20,000 words. Requires a 30% deposit, applied to your balance.

Rush Proofreading  (24-hour or weekend turnaround):                                                           $0.03/word 
At this time, rush/weekend jobs are only available for less than 10,000 words and require a 50% deposit.

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 providing editor with any special formatting requests before work is completed. Regardless of the project, a $50 minimum will be charged.

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.