Manuscripts

Choosing a proofreader, copy editor, or developmental editor is an important decision, and your manuscript deserves the best. Proof Positive’s editors don’t just give you general suggestions like “show don’t tell”. Instead, we give you examples of how to make our suggested changes, and we do it in your writing voice. We also create a style guide for you and return your edited manuscript with our comments about what worked and what didn’t overall.

To prove we offer top-notch services, we’ll edit the first five pages of your double-spaced manuscript for free as a sample of our work.

What other discounts does Proof Positive offer?

  • We’ll read the first manuscript you submit for 10% off.
  • For each author you refer who submits their manuscript, Proof Positive will give you 10% off the total cost of your next manuscript.
  • Hire us for a final proofread after we’ve already developmental edited your manuscript, and you’ll receive a 25% discount.

Fiction

PROOFREADING: $0.005 per word (half a cent per word)

  • grammatical errors
  • spelling errors
  • word choice
  • punctuation errors

COPYEDITING: $0.007 per word

  • everything included in our proofreading service
  • consistency of tone, characters, and descriptions

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING: $0.009 per word

  • everything included in our proofreading service
  • everything included in our copyediting service
  • consistency of plot and style
  • pacing
  • plot holes

Nonfiction

PROOFREADING: $0.005 per word (half a cent per word)

  • grammatical errors
  • spelling errors
  • word choice
  • punctuation errors

COPYEDITING: $0.007 per word

  • everything included in our proofreading service
  • consistency of tone and descriptions
  • ensuring concepts and ideas are properly fleshed out

*We do not offer fact-checking or source formatting.

Manuscript Format

  • We accept both Word and Pages formats, which we will work on using Track Changes and Comments.
  • For the visually impaired, we are happy to work with Scrivener for Mac.
  • If you have a manuscript that has already been published, we can work with the Kindle version and send a list of suggested changes in Word or Pages.
  • We can also mark up PDF documents via Dropbox.

Have a different format? Contact us—we are flexible!

Payment
Proof Positive accepts PayPal payments only. There are two ways to submit payment for your manuscript service:

  1. You can pay us in full before we begin work.
  2. You can send half of your payment before we begin work and half the day before we send your manuscript back.

*Total cost must be paid via PayPal before your manuscript is returned.

If you pay for copyediting, for example, and your manuscript only needs proofreading, we will refund the difference between the two costs.

Pre-release and post-release publicity
Included with the cost of any manuscript service are the following methods of publicity:

  • TwitterFacebook, and Instagram mentions of you and your book with (1) graphic quotes designed by us with compelling quotes from your manuscript and/or (2) your cover art to get the hype started.
  • a guest post by you on Proof Positive’s website.
  • your cover art permanently posted on Proof Positive’s website with a link to where readers can buy it.

Regardless of which service you choose, we can also help transform your writing from British English to American English (language and spelling) or from American English to British English (spelling). Either way, it’ll be done right.