Line editing is usually the step between developmental editing and copyediting. If you feel confident about the big picture of your manuscript, you may want a line edit, which focuses on the content and flow of each sentence and would provide suggestions on how to strengthen the prose itself. I typically charge 3 cents/word for line editing.
Copyediting is usually the last step before a final proofread. Once you're sure you've solved the big picture issues and are happy with your sentences on a line level, I could read your manuscript to improve clarity, coherency, consistency, and correctness by examining the following elements of your work:
- Word usage and repetition
- Dialogue tags
- Usage of numbers and numerals
- Point of view and verb tense
- Any inconsistencies (e.g. in character or place descriptions, etc.)
I typically charge 2 cents/word for copyediting.
For a quote of either kind of edit, please send me ten pages that best represent your book, a query letter or back cover blurb, and the word count of your manuscript. The pages do not have to be from the first chapter. I charge $75 for a sample line edit and $50 for a sample copy edit, and that fee will be deducted from the full edit if you choose to work with me.