Editing and Proofreading
22 years in business | 630.360.3043
novel editing

Affordable Novel Editing

Other fiction editing pages: romance page, short story page.

Every author deserves a professional editor
Turnaround is currently 4-6 business days!
Every novel needs editing. Yet, editing your own work can be daunting. It can be difficult to recognize flaws in a manuscript on which you have worked for years. The most widely published and gifted authors would never dream of attempting to do so. Even bestselling authors rely on professional editors to proofread their manuscript and improve the quality of their writing.They know they've become too close to their manuscripts to identify mistakes or areas in need of improvement.
We know a relative or your best friend with an English degree is just dying to edit your work. However, in reality, your manuscript needs a professional editor with a thorough understanding of the novel industry and expert knowledge of the conventions in modern publishing. Collaborating with an editor brings a whole new perspective to your manuscript. You'll be able to eradicate issues and take advantage of your novel's strengths.

Our Editing Benefits Self-publishing and Traditional Writers
Our clients include authors who are at the start of their writing careers as well as Amazon bestselling authors.

Premium Novel Editing for an Affordable Price
Hiring an experienced novel editor is often the best investment you can make for your book. We have editors who work in every genre. Now, as a self-publishing author, you have the opportunity to work directly with these first-rate editors.

A Solid Approach to Editing Projects
We charge the lowest rates because of our exclusive, modern editing method. Through our system, indie authors can now receive the same degree of editing as traditionally published authors at major publishing houses, at a fraction of the cost. The service types are clearly defined, and the editors are professional. Our extremely effective process matches your manuscript with a first-rate editor from your genre. Then, your editor spends countless hours on your novel, providing suggestions, corrections, and alterations. Our experienced romance novel editors will be able to show you how to write your emotional conflict so that the lovers stay separate but tantalizingly close to the very end, rather than allowing them to unite prematurely and relying on other action or conflict to finish the story.

Use our contact form or email us your first chapter (ten pages of text or more) and ask for a sample. We will illustrate our precision proofreading, editing and print formatting of your work right now. We will choose a section and provide you with a revision of your writing within 48 hours or so. Let our professionals ensure that the meaning of your words comes through, not your mistakes. We evaluate your work quickly and skillfully. What could be better?

We ensure correctness through multiple readings

Proofreading and Editing Service
Using a systematic review, we closely examine your project for spelling, punctuation, and typographical errors ensuring readability by assessing verb tense, grammar, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb disagreement, comma splices, and other usage. For editing, we concentrate on logical flow, organization, structure, phrasing ambiguities, levels of diction, lexical register, rhythm, and colloquialisms, we focus on your needs for consistency, theme, style, clarity, concision, tone, and audience appropriateness. See a full list.

Interior Layout Service
Editing your text is just one aspect of perfecting your manuscript. Most publishers will only accept manuscripts that are properly formatted, and many demand painstaking adherence to a specific house style manual. Whether you are preparing your manuscript for ePublishing (e.g., ePub, Kindle Fire/DX) or print, we can ensure that your document is perfectly formatted for traditional publishers or independent presses.

Novel Editing Service FAQ

We proofread and edit novels of all types and match them to the appropriate manuscript editor.

Yes! We correct grammar as part of our novel proofreading service.

Novel proofreading and editing
Grammar, typographical errors, misspellings, punctuation, clarity, comma splices, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb disagreement, and verb tense, flow, phrasing ambiguities, audience appropriateness, organization, structure, theme, rhetorical consistency, levels of diction, lexical register, rhythm, and colloquialisms.

Novel formatting
Specific to your needs for an ebook or print book.

If you send your novel in Microsoft Word format, we can return two copies to you when finished. One is the original with changes highlighted. The other is the final version.

All of our novel editors have years of training as teachers, published authors, and professionals in various disciplines. We provide the right editor for your needs. We default to American English, APA publication style, and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. We’re happy to use other styles and conventions. However, any deviations from these rules must be noted by the author beforehand to avoid re-editing.

No. The editing function has been a long-time feature and the files we send you are for a PC or Mac.

We much prefer Microsoft Word because of its Track Changes feature. However, if you check with us first, we support digital texts in a range of formats (e.g., Microsoft Word, Works, AppleWorks, Pages, Rich Text, and Open Office).

Our editors ensure that your novel complies with your style requirements.

A member of our novel editing staff can usually respond within two to three hours. We complete most manuscripts within a few business days. An editor and proofreader will accept it only if we can have the finished novel back to you before your deadline.

Proofreading and editing are approximately 1 cent per word; the exact price can be determined using our cost calculator. Formatting is approximately ½ a cent per word.

We currently accept PayPal, Zelle, SquareUp, Venmo, bank cards, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Visa, Visa Electron, Visa Debit, and Maestro. The method of payment is a secure system with industry standard 128-bit encryption. This is the premier form of encryption available for Internet transactions and is the same level of security used in cash machines (ATMs) and most retail stores. Please note: An account is not required to process your credit card and our staff never see your personal data.

The proofreading and editing rate is based on word count and your choice between proofreading and editing or formatting too. Unlike other novel editing companies, we do not have confusing editing rates per page or vague quotes. We provide exact figures for editing services. Send us your file and specify editing and proofreading and whether you want formatting too.

MS Word has a feature that you can use to obtain a word count. Alternatively, send it to us. We will calculate the amount and send you an email with a link to your invoice and payment options. If you want to calculate it yourself, multiply the number of words in your novel times 0.013 for proofreading and editing or times 0.019 for proofreading, editing, and formatting. For instance: 30,000 x 0.013 = $390 [USD].

Our smallest charge is $25 [USD]. If you have a project with a word count that is shorter than the minimum, we may be able to work on it for you, but the charge would be $25 USD.

We reword individual sentences. We may rearrange sentences. We may offer suggestions to improve the organization of paragraphs and sections within your novel. Complete rewriting is not an option.

We consider the issues surrounding intellectual copyright and confidentiality to be crucial. Only your novel editor and a managing editor have access to your novel. Each of our staff members is required to sign a copy of the confidentiality agreement, which ensures that under no circumstances can an employee share your novel with anyone. If you require a separate non-disclosure agreement, contact us. Unless you request otherwise, all novels and related files are deleted after sixty days. We do not sell, trade, transfer, rent or share ANY information with ANY other party. All novels reviewed by our editors remain the intellectual property of you, the original author. In keeping with our strict confidentiality, we never release names or titles without prior consent. For further information, view our privacy policy.

We make use of the most powerful and updated security measures including the industry standard in encryption (128-bit secure socket layer). This is the highest level of security commercially available and is the same standard of security used in cash machines (ATMs) and by many retail stores. To protect your credit card information, we have partnered with Venmo, PayPal, and SquareUp to offer you the most trusted financial transaction systems on the Internet. The entire payment process is conducted through one of their secure websites. No banking information or credit card data is ever collected or stored by us.

You always maintain ownership and copyright. We make no claim on your copyright, and we do not require credit or acknowledgment beyond the fees for the services rendered. It is a commonly accepted practice for some writers to credit us as their editor and this is always appreciated.

All of our editors and proofreaders must, at a minimum: (a) be native speakers of English; (b) have at least five years of professional experience as a writing editor; and (c) provide samples of their writing, proofreading and editing. A typical editor has more than fifteen years of professional experience and is published in his or her chosen field.

We are confident that our novel proofreading services are among the best in the industry. We are a professional company focused on you providing the best service possible. Each novel is proofread twice before returning it to you. If you are not completely satisfied, you can resubmit your novel for further editing and proofreading. We are committed to your satisfaction.

Yes, although we can nearly always tell when we read something, please specify which form of English you need when you place your order.

Novel editors are available nearly twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Our administrative staff is available between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST (GMT −6); we typically answer messages within a few hours.

Our global headquarters is based in the United States in Chicago, Illinois. Your communications are channeled through this office.

After looking at our FAQ, if you still have a question, its best to contact Client Services by email.

Even the best writers benefit from an impartial, professional and thorough look at their novel. Our editors recognize things in your novel that become unnoticeable to you. After you have done several drafts, reviewing and revising, that familiarity with the novel results in your filling in missing text and skipping over errors when you read.

Your novel will be print-ready subject to the state of the project when submitted to us.

We edit all sorts of styles, dialects, special kinds of formatting and other types of creativity. If there is something you do not want us to alter, mention this when you email the novel. With no additional instructions from you, we will edit your work to conform to the rules of standard English sentence structure and spelling.

Certainly you may explain things to your novel editor. Once it arrives, your novel is quickly routed directly to a chief editor who is familiar with, and appreciates, your type of novel. A client services representative will be happy to relay your comments and queries to your novel editor and then send the answers back.

Any feedback you receive from your novel editor is for the purpose of improving your work.

Our editing and proofreading service most closely resembles what is often called copyediting with some additional checks and benefits. As mentioned earlier on this page, at no charge, and only when asked, we can make evaluative comments in a brief document and explain corrections and suggestions covering the following questions:

  • How can the marketability of your manuscript be improved?
  • Does the book's content have any major structural or organizational problems?
  • Have you missed any essential elements or underdeveloped any topics or scenes?
  • Is your book too brief or too protracted and, if so, why?
  • Are there stereotypes or clichés that render the manuscript weaker?
  • Are the characters imaginative and developed fully?
  • Is there too much interior monologue or description and exposition at the expense of dialogue and/or action?
  • Is there the proper amount of suspense, believability, tension, conflict and action?
  • Are there other things that you, the author, can do to improve the book's content?

What we do would not be considered developmental editing or content editing. See here for a further description of what not to expect from any editor.

Contact us directly with your novel editing questions. One of our chief editors will be more than happy to discuss your novel with you and provide any additional information you may require.

We Love Telling Stories and the Power of the Written Word
Nothing enthuses us more than helping you realize your creative vision. As an author, don't worry about the presentation of your love scenes. Our romance editors have seen it all. So your reader falls in love with your novel, our experienced romance novel editors know how to analyze your expression of a courtship and help you see where it follows natural, believable patterns or where it goes off the rails. We offer exhaustive input, demonstrating ways to strengthen every aspect of your project. Even so, we preserve the distinctiveness of your imagination and voice. Let us know how we can assist you in achieving your goals.

Exceptional Novel Editing Service

Our thorough editing and interior layout services improve the strength of your manuscript and ensure that it is well written and fully prepared for publication. We modify our services to meet your needs. Our clients include first-time writers, bestselling authors, and publishing houses.

Learn About Our Novel Editing Service

As novelists, novel writing and novel editing are near and dear to us. We understand how your fictitious characters often become just as real and beloved as those in the everyday world.

Editing Novels

For novels, we make all of the types of corrections shown on our proofreading and editing list. We also consider the following as we pore over your manuscript:

At no charge, when asked, we can make evaluative comments in a brief document covering the following questions.

Why We Should Edit Your Manuscript

Choose us because you deserve the best novel-editing service in the industry. We offer you the exclusive opportunity to work with bestselling authors, editors, and publishing insiders who manage the process for you to ensure that your novel is well written, precisely edited, and ready for publishing.

Finding the Best Novel Editor

The characterization of an author working alone in a room for months on end, then emerging with a fully formed novel that's ready to publish is something for the movies. In reality, writing is a difficult set of skills to master. Novels are crafted through the talent and extensive revision of the author. Good novels result from turning a manuscript over to knowledgeable professionals who can make evaluations and suggestions and provide guidance from a perspective most writers don't acquire on their own. That's why working with a manuscript editor is essential when writing a novel. We offer the professionals with the right experience in your genre to make your story better.

Our Editors are Unique
We provide novel editing services from first-rate editors. We give you access to the best editorial talent out there. Every one of our editors has been carefully selected. They all have extensive experience.

We have a very special romance and women's fiction editor

Click the link for information about our romance novel editor who also specializes in women's fiction.

Client Comments
My publisher and I have been using the WordSharp Editing outfit for eight years. Their talent has been one of the key underpinnings of five #1 bestselling novels, and one #1 bestselling Nonfiction work. Those books collectively have enjoyed thirty-four national literary awards. Their posse rides for the brand. They are quick, prompt, accurate, and thorough and have never missed a promised delivery. That's a big deal! Their guidance and input is far more than simple and extensive punctuation. Suggestions on phrase structure and juxtaposition, elimination of the bugaboo of doubled up or repeated words, general structure and flow have been invaluable. On those rare occasions when this author takes umbrage with a correction, they take the time to both explain and present the back up for the editing recommendations. A valued learning experience, as well as an invaluable editing and final polish result, the whole process mixed with some humor to soften the edges. So—bottom line—do I recommend WordSharp Editing? Unequivocally and enthusiastically!
-Reid Lance Rosenthal

(We're working with Reid on his twenty-nine-book western romance series.)

I would like to thank my angelic editors at WordSharp Editing. I don't know how I found them, but I'm sooo thankful I did. They have transformed this novel from an ugly caterpillar into a graceful butterfly. Dotting i's and crossing t's is waaay easier said than done.

Many Tks. I appreciate your exceptional service and follow-up on my children's novel. I hope that you are recognized for attention to detail and customer care.

I got the novel back. Felt not only edited but "heard." I am pursuing the publishing. As I move forward, I'd be delighted if you could help with book two when I've done an edit myself.

The edited version of my novel was there when I opened my emails this morning. Your editor has done a great job, many thanks, for example the huge improvement he did to make the font professional and the formatting in addition to all the care and attention on the small but important spelling, grammar and phrasing have really transformed it. A big thank you too for the pages of comments on the novel itself about the need for greater depth in the characters and adding more action to the first few chapters.

I hope that you are having the best day of your life. You did the copyedit of my novel of over 140,000 words. Now that I have seen the results, I’m glad I selected you. You are a wonderful and affordable resource. I’ll come back for help in the future. I would recommend you to anyone.

Thank you so much! There's something about your editing that goes well with my writing style. I am nearing the finishing line on my novel. Next step…e-publishing format.

Every writer has weaknesses. I sent my novel to you for proofreading. You worked on my book and I want you to know that you are amazing. I’m really satisfied with the proofreading. You answered all of my questions really swiftly, even late at night sometimes. I’ve found you to be honest and dependable. You are great.

My novel was proofread in a very exacting manner without messing with my content or style. Your general remarks and suggestions concerning the book’s structure are direct and just what I need. You were able to see the unimportant parts of my book to take out. After finishing the last revisions, I am so confident it’ll be published. I couldn’t have done it without you. You are extremely professional, reasonable, accomplished, and your work is top notch. Your services are amazing.

I’ve worked with a bunch of editors because I’ve written a few books. You consistently deliver. Only one person at your company has edited my work, and it is always done so perfectly and with a human touch. I look forward to working with you again soon. I’m going to give you one of my earlier novels for a redo.

Wow! That was fast. I'll review your work on my novel later this afternoon. Thank you for your service and attention.

Just a short update, since your professional and proper formatting, two more literary agents have requested the full novel.

You are a blessing. I appreciate all you've done for my first romance novel and I'll continue to use your service and refer it to others. Thank you!

Your corrections to my book show why you are the professional and I'm just the beginner. I will be getting back to you with the rest of the novel as soon as I make some changes.

This is perfect. My book, Ilklore, is going to WOW the crowds now. They'll never know what kind of mess it started out as. Thank you for everything. It's been a pleasure working with you and your team.  I've discovered several formatting templates that I will be using to get the book print and e-pub ready. There are so many benefits to learning this piece of the process for myself and my future books. If I hit a wall in this endeavor, I'll come crawling back with my manuscript in hand. I have credited WordSharp as my editor and hope to send other lost writers your way. WordSharp is the best-kept secret in self-publishing. It shouldn't stay a secret. Again, thank you for your kindness and patience as I take my first steps into this scary world of publishing. I know I'll have you at my side, should I need you in the future.