Crystal Nevin

Copyediting and Proofreading

With copyediting and proofreading, the goal is to improve readability. You get improvements to the small details of the manuscript to ensure your story shines.

Copyediting involves sentence- and paragraph-level review for things like accuracy, consistency, diction, and clarity, as well as grammar and punctuation. World-building is key in fantasy and science fiction; in a copyedit, you’ll get a review of all the details to make sure they make sense in your world and are applied consistently throughout.

Proofreading is most effective when it’s done after your manuscript has been formatted for publishing. You’ll get a last review to catch lingering errors in grammar and punctuation as well as making sure no errors were introduced as part of the formatting process.

If you’re ready to get started or looking for something different, contact me, and together we’ll figure out the best option for you.


If you need one last check to get your manuscript very nearly error free before publishing, proofreading is what you need. You’ll get a review of grammar and punctuation, consistency of formatting, and making sure no other errors were introduced during formatting.
Rates: $0.010-$0.015 per word
For a 70,000-word manuscript, this is $700-$1,050.


If you’ve already worked with an editor for developmental editing or line editing, or you’re a very experienced writer who can self-edit, and you need me to check the sentence-level details, copyediting is what you need. You’ll get a review of your manuscript for grammar, punctuation, consistency, and so on, to make sure your text is free of distractions so readers can focus on the story.
Rate: $0.015-$0.025 per word
For a 70,000-word manuscript, this is $1,050-$1,750.

Details Package
(a 10% discount!)

If you need both a copyedit and a proofread, this package is a good choice. You’ll get a copyedit first, then after you’ve reviewed my suggestions and made any additional changes and optionally had the manuscript formatted, you’ll get a proofread to make sure your manuscript is clean and ready to be published.
Rate: $0.0225-$0.036 per word
For a 70,000-word manuscript, this is $1,575-$2,520.