Transforming a Manuscript
into a Literary Work
The best writers understand the need for an editor’s revision. They know after focusing intently on a draft that some issues just become too close to notice. Deficient structure may reduce the level of interest in your book. Sometimes, projects include underdeveloped elements or elements with low impact that reduce their effectiveness. Inexact grammar often leads to lack of clarity.
Experience is Paramount
Focus on taking your project to the next level with a literary manuscript editor from our dedicated team. Whether you need book proofreading services or book editing services for your upcoming best-selling novel, short story or historical biography, we have literary manuscript editors experienced in your genre waiting to work with you. Each year, freelance editors contact WordSharp. Only the best possess the academic standards, comprehensive experience and a record of successful publishing necessary to become part of our team. We offer you a free sample because we know you will be happy with our service.
Service You Can Trust
Every original author maintains copyright, ownership. We will not sell, trade, transfer, rent or share information with any third party. If you require a separate non-disclosure agreement, you may contact Client Services or we are happy to sign yours.
Professional Manuscript Editors
Our literary manuscript editors have experience writing for publishers and agents. A close examination from an experienced and qualified literary manuscript editor and proofreader can give your project what it needs to be properly noticed.
Meeting Your Deadline
Make certain to meet your next publisher's deadline while maintaining high editing standards. Achieve exceptional results on your timetable by allowing one of our managing editors to oversee your project.
Affordable Expert Service
We know these services can get expensive. That's why we proofread for one cent per word and edit for one cent per word. Contact Client Services for details.
for a FREE sample edit
Attach a chapter or more to an email addressed to email@example.com. We'll choose a section to proofread, edit and format, then return it to you.
- Reliable and affordable service
- Fast turnaround time
- Easy to use—No signup required
- Exceptionally qualified staff
- Proofreading at a penny per word
What we do for your manuscript
(This is why we need at least your first chapter for a sample edit.)
Developmental Editing and Content Editing
- Properly adjust the pace and tone
- Rework plot issues to make your plot more original and gripping
- Suggest proper topic development
- Make your characters stronger
- Improve sentence construction, precision, and organization
- Revise dialogue to make it more naturalistic and authentic
- Eliminate redundancies, errors in logic, inconsistencies, wordiness, and other prose issues
- Construct your table of contents and all other ‘front matter’ pages (e.g., title page, copyright page, dedication, and more).
At no charge, in the margins, we make evaluative comments and we explain corrections and suggestions covering the following questions.
- How can the marketability of your work be improved?
- Does the book’s content have any major structural or organization 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?
See samples of our editing and correction.
Book Editing FAQ
What do you proofread and edit?
We proofread and edit books including, but not limited to, historical fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, short stories, science fiction and teleplays. See a full list of services below.
What do you fix in a book?
includes grammar, typographical errors, misspellings, punctuation, clarity, comma splices, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb disagreement and verb tense. Click here for a full proofreading list.
includes flow, transition, phrasing ambiguities, audience appropriateness, organization, structure, theme, rhetorical consistency, levels of diction, lexical register, rhythm and colloquialisms.
We have a generic publisher format or give us specific instructions for what you need.
Self publishing formatting
The format is done to your specifications with the guidance from our layout experts. We now have over 10,000 fonts to choose from for your book title. We do your front matter including title page, copyright page, acknowledgements, table of contents; we also do page numbering, chapter heads in custom fonts and much more.
available for a flat fee (typically $65) depending on the complexity of the manuscript.
How will I know what has changed in my book?
If you send your projects in Microsoft Word format, we will return two copies to you when finished. One is the original with changes highlighted. The other is the final version.
Will my book be edited the way I want?
All of our literary manuscript editors have advanced degrees and years of experience as teachers, published authors and professionals in various disciplines. We provide the right literary manuscript editor for your needs.
Do I need the latest version of Word; do I need to use a PC for your editing?
No, the editing function has been a long-time feature and the files we send you are for a PC or Mac.
Do you accept formats other than Microsoft?
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 including: Microsoft Word, Works, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Adobe InDesign, PDF, AppleWorks, Pages, Rich Text, Open Office, ASCII, and others.
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Send us your book.
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What about citation style?
Our literary manuscript editors ensure that your texts comply with your style requirements. Specify whether you are using APA, MLA, Chicago, CSE, Canadian styles, Harvard, Turabian, International English, ASA, AMA, Australian, Vancouver, Oxford Style or another citation style of your choosing.
How long does it take for your book editing services?
A member of our staff can usually respond within two to three hours. We complete nearly all submissions within a few business days. An academic editor and proofreader will accept it only if we can have the finished manuscript back to you before your deadline.
How much will it cost to professionally edit my book?
Book proofreading is just 1¢ per word.
Book editing is also just 1¢ per word.
Book formatting is ½¢ per word.
What are the payment options?
We currently accept MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Visa, Visa Electron, Visa Debit, Maestro, Switch/Solo, bankcards, PayPal and Google Wallet. 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: A PayPal account is not required to process your credit card. Additionally, our staff never see your personal data.
What is the basis for book proofreading rates?
Word count and your choice between book proofreading or book editing or book formatting. Unlike other companies, we do not have confusing per page rates or vague quotes. Unlike other companies, we do not have confusing per page rates or vague quotes. We provide exact figures for book editing services. Send us your text and specify editing or proofreading. Send us your work and specify the service you need.
How do I get a word count?
MS Word has a feature that you can use to get a word count.
Alternatively, send it to us. We'll 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 book manuscript times 0.01 for proofreading or times 0.02 for proofreading and editing.
For example: 40,000 x 0.01 = $400 [USD].
Is there a minimum charge for book editing and proofreading services?
To cover administrative costs, there is a minimum 25-dollar [USD] charge. To avoid the minimum charge, you may send more than one item per order.
Do you rewrite books?
We offer suggestions to improve the organization of your book when rewriting is not an option.
What about confidentiality?
What digital formats do you handle?
See our list of digital formats, their advantages and disadvantages.
What about payment security?
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 PayPal and Google Wallet 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
What about copyright?
You always maintain ownership and copyright. We make no claim on your copyright, and we do not require credit or acknowledgement beyond the fees for the services rendered. It is a commonly accepted practice for some writers to credit us as their literary manuscript editor and this is always appreciated.
What are your credentials?
All of our literary manuscript editors and proofreaders must, at a minimum:
Be native speakers of English
Have at least three years of professional experience as a literary manuscript editor
Have an advanced degree
Provide samples of their writing, proofreading and editing
A typical literary manuscript editor has more than fifteen years of professional experience, and is published in his/her chosen field.
What if I'm not satisfied?
We are a professional company focused on you. We provide the best service possible. Each book is proofread twice before returning it to you. If you are not completely satisfied, you can re-submit it for further editing/proofreading. We are committed to your satisfaction.
How is your guarantee?
We are confident that our proofreading services are among the best in the industry. If you find that our literary manuscript editors have missed a proofreading error, contact Client Services. We will promptly correct the error in accordance with our guarantee policy.
Do you have literary manuscript editors in Australian English, American English or UK English?
Yes, although we can nearly always tell when we read something, please specify which form of English you need when you place your order.
What are your business hours?
Manuscript 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 answer messages within twenty-four hours.
Where are you?
Our global headquarters is based in Chicago, Illinois USA. Your communications are channeled through this office.
I check everything; do I need you?
Even the best writers benefit from an impartial, professional and thorough look at their book. Our literary manuscript editors recognize things in your book that become unnoticeable to you. After you have done several drafts, reviewing and revising, that familiarity with the book results in your filling in missing text and skipping over errors when you read.
When you're done, will it be ready to publish?
Your book will be print-ready subject to the state of the book when submitted to us and subject to individual publisher specifications.
You won't change my special formatting, will you?
No, 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 edit, mention this when you email the book.
May I explain something to my manuscript editor?
Of course you may explain things to your manuscript editor. Once it arrives, your book is quickly routed directly to a chief editor who is familiar with, and appreciates, your type of book. A Client Services representative will be happy to relay your comments and queries to your literary manuscript editor and then send the answers back. WordSharp literary manuscript editors do not talk directly to you before or during the process. Your audience will not be able to chat with you while they read your book. It must be able to stand on its own merit, and your literary manuscript editor has to be able to review your project objectively.
May I quote my manuscript editor to promote my project? May I use the name WordSharp.net to promote my writing?
Any feedback you receive from your literary manuscript editor is for the purpose of improving your book.
How do I take advantage of the affiliate program?
Refer someone to WordSharp and receive a 10% finder’s fee. They should include your name when submitting their book. The person you refer receives a 10% discount too.
WordSharp Proofreading and Editing Services
We're committed to providing top-quality book editing services.
Our editors have extensive experience in the following key book-related areas:
Adventure - Author Bios - Autobiographies - Biographies - Manuscripts - Comedy - Contemporary - Drama - Entertainment - Fantasy - Fiction - Health - Historical Fiction - Horror - Literature - Manuscripts - Memoirs - Mind and Body - Mystery - Nonfiction - Novels - Plays - Poetry - Reference - Romance - Science - Science Fiction - Screenplays - Self-help - Short Stories - Suspense - Teen - Teleplays - Textbooks - Thriller - Travel - Western - Youth