Editing

Lift your writing to a higher level.

“Petrea is a master of the English language. Thank goodness I had her edit my book. Petrea will take your work and lift it to a higher level than you imagined.”
— Liz Hanley Raci, author of
Bank of America and Jeezus: The Spiritual Journey of Loan Modification,
and #ADoseoftheDivine

“Petrea Burchard took my manuscript and transformed it from someone’s pipe dream into a publishable, gripping read. Petrea helped me delve deeper into my work. She posed the right questions which helped me remember aspects that I didn’t recall before. As a result, I was able to write without fear and became a real writer with a compelling story. Petrea is a wizard of an editor! I cannot thank her enough!”
R. F. Heyburn, author of Let Go, A Memoir of Overcoming Adversity

 


What kind of editing do you need?

A content edit is comprehensive, and tailored to the individual. It can be about helping you organize your ideas to present them in the best light. It can be about guiding you through rewrites. Sometimes it means suggesting additional material, or taking out entire chapters. As a content editor, I take a look at the big picture and help you write the book you envision.

A copy edit sharpens consistency of style, grammar and formatting. It might require reworking a paragraph here and there to make the text flow easily. Sometimes fact-checking is involved, too.

Proofreading comes after the other two and is the last step before publication. Some people think this is the easiest of the three editing categories, but proofreading requires a meticulous eye for typos and punctuation, and a thorough knowledge of grammar.

What’s the Petrea difference?

It’s personal. I mean it’s personal for you. You and I figure out together what you want to do. This is your book, your story, your article, your script, your website—not mine.

What does it cost?

Average prices for editing, according to The Writer’s Market:

Proofreading $3 per page

Copy editing $4 per page

Content editing $7.50 per page.

For a double-spaced manuscript in 12-point type, with 1 inch margins all around, I charge the above rates.

I don’t charge by the word, but you can figure on about 250 words per page. To give you an idea: a 100,000 word novel is about 400 pages. For this hypothetical novel, a content edit would cost $3,000, a copy edit $1600, and proofreading $1200.

“Petrea’s copyediting is thorough and accurate.
She knows major style guides, plus variations, and offers excellent suggestions where they conflict. She made my copy squeaky clean in a remarkably short time.”
Anne Louise Bannon, author of Fascinating Rhythm, Bring in to Bondage, and more

 

Got questions? Get in touch on my Contact page and tell me what you’re working on!
Or email me directly at pb ( at ) petreaburchard ( dot ) com. Let’s get started!

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Petrea Burchard earned a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she also took a double minor in Theater and French. She has published two books, countless book reviews, essays, short stories and flash fiction. Besides editing and writing, Petrea is available to lead writing classes and workshops. Follow her blog for Wilma Dialogs on Wednesdays, and for the Sunday fun grammar feature, Writing Wrongs. Yes, “fun” and “grammar” can be used together in a sentence.