Note to prospective clients: If I’m not available when you need copy editing services, there are many talented copyeditors available, some of whom you can find here. Thank you for considering me!

From the grand scale to the smallest detail, the right words bring your story to life. Here’s how Moonshell Books, Inc. can help you.


Cost: US$.015 (a penny and a half) a word, using computer word count before editing begins. As an example, a 70,000-word novel would cost $1,050. Includes:

  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling and typos
  • Sentence structure
  • Style sheet if requested
  • Passive language
  • Rhythm and repetition
  • Continuity
  • Logic

Cost: US$.01 (a penny) a word, using computer word count before editing begins. To proofread the example above would cost $700.00. Includes:

  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling and typos


Once we agree to work together (meaning I’ve had a look at your work and done a 3-page sample edit), the following process will begin:

  • I’ll issue you a quote.
  • We schedule the project.
  • Upon scheduling, a 50% deposit will be due to hold your date.
  • My rate of speed is 10,000 words per day, with a second pass at a speed of about 20,000 words per day. So, for the above 70,000-word novel, the editing time would be about 11 days, with a couple of extra days built in for contingencies.
  • Needless to say, I cannot do “rush orders.”
  • When the project is complete, the balance of your payment will be due in 30 days.

Does not include:

Writing lessons. The manuscript must be market ready to the best of your ability. My job is to help you polish it to a shine, not to help you work through your third draft.

Coaching. Though I teach fiction writing, I am not a developmental or content editor. My focus is on your words, not your ideas or how to best present them.

Getting published. I make no guarantees as to how your work will sell online or whether it will be picked up by a commercial fiction house. That’s what agents are for. To find one of those, try

To see a partial list of the books copyedited by Moonshell Books, Inc., we invite you over here.

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