Tyler Editorial

tyler editorial

Proofreading and copyediting

your story deserves

Your book deserves an editor

Your story should be taken seriously, and it should be read by as many people as you can reach.

Whether you have a blockbuster novel, an inspirational memoir, or a collection of short stories, readers won’t give your book much of a chance if the writing is full of mistakes and the language is incomprehensible. If you want your book to stand out among the one million titles published each year, it needs to be copyedited and proofread.

Both of these services cost a fraction of what you stand to gain in book sales. They won’t guarantee fame and stardom, but your book’s success is doomed without them. The best writers have one thing in common: good editors.

 

 

proofreading

One Cent Per Word

While proofreading is usually the last stage of publishing, it might be all your book needs. A proofread looks for obvious errors that must be fixed: punctuation problems, confusing grammar, and misspellings. Some light copyediting might be necessary as well to tidy up minor language issues, but this would be kept to a minimum. Ideally, proofreading is done after copyediting, but you might decide to skip that step altogether. Whatever the case, a proofread makes sure all the basics are covered and that your book is error-free before heading out into the world.

A full proofread takes about one week, depending on the size of the book. Each proofread includes a file cleanup once you have reviewed suggested changes and responded to any queries.


 

Average Proofreading Cost

for a Short Story Collection

120 to 160 pages

30,000 to 40,000 words

$300 to $400


Average Proofreading Cost

for a Novel or Memoir

200 to 300 pages

50,000 to 75,000 words

$500 to $750


 
 

 copyediting

Two Cents Per Word

Copyediting deals with larger language issues in addition to the basic errors that a proofread covers. It also ensures that the formatting of words, paragraphs, and pages meet the standards set by publishing authorities in the country where your book will appear. Much like proofreading, copyediting focuses on correctness, but it can enhance your book’s readability in a way that proofreading can’t.

A full copyedit takes about one week, depending on the size of the book. Each copyedit includes a style sheet and a file cleanup. A style sheet helps subsequent proofreaders or book designers keep things consistent when working on your book. The file cleanup takes place after you have responded to all suggested changes and queries.


 

Average Copyediting Cost

for a Short Story Collection

120 to 160 pages

30,000 to 40,000 words

$600 to $800


Average Copyediting Cost

for a Novel or Memoir

200 to 300 pages

50,000 to 75,000 words

$1,000 to $1,500


 
 

 

Editorial Assessment

1.5 Cents Per Word

If you aren’t sure what your book needs at this point, an editorial assessment might be the best way forward. It analyzes what’s working well in your book and what’s not. An editorial assessment suggests possible rewrites you might consider and informs you about what editing services to pursue next.

The editorial assessment comes in the form of both comments within the manuscript file and a detailed summary letter. The comments can help point out specific instances of issues that need to be worked on, and the summary letter provides overall guidance for the book as a whole.


 

Average Assessment Cost

for a Short Story Collection

120 to 160 pages

30,000 to 40,000 words

$450 to $600


Average Assessment Cost

for a Novel or Memoir

200 to 300 pages

50,000 to 75,000 words

$750 to $1,125


 
 
 

about

I’ve been editing fiction and literary nonfiction for fourteen years, and I’ve been freelancing as a copy editor and proofreader for nine. My work with academic publishers has led me to editing just about every subject imaginable, but my specialty and passion remain with novels, short stories, biographies, and memoirs. Some of my favorite projects to have worked on appear below.

Fiction

 

testimonials

I appreciate Will Tyler’s respect for the individual author’s voice and style. When editing our works of fiction, he doesn’t waste time in correcting the intentions of the author, but does pick up on style and applies consistency with a careful hand.
— Susan Hill Newton, managing editor, University of Iowa Press
In my work as an author, editor, and ghostwriter, I’ve written twenty-six manuscripts, and each one of them went through a rigorous copyediting process. I don’t always get to choose my editor, but when I do, I choose Will Tyler. His work is brutally accurate, allowing me, my authors, and my publishers to publish with confidence.
— Susan Joy Paul, author of several Colorado guidebooks and scribe for Scribe Media
Will was very professional, quickly and clearly communicated, delivered his edits on time. Most importantly he went above and beyond helping me make my novel the best it can be. I will definitely be contacting Will again for future work!
— Nicholas Licalsi, author of An Echo Through Time
Will did a developmental edit of my short story. He was very professional. His edits were extremely helpful, and they resulted in significant improvements to my manuscript.
— Dennis Canfield, author of Hardly Even Rich
I found Will Tyler an amazing editor. He was pleasant, helpful, and made innovative suggestions. He really has superior computer skills. He brought a lot to the table, and he was nice to work with. He works quickly. He is able to be innovative but nice, and we agreed on most things. I hope to work with him again.
— JoBe Cerny, actor and author of the Taylor Street Files series
Will did a very thorough review [editorial assessment] and provided excellent feedback and helpful suggestions. He is gentle with his comments and makes many suggestions on how to improve the story. He was a joy to work with and I recommend him highly for editing projects.
— Ken Smith
 

Ask for a Free sample Edit

For a free sample proofread, copyedit, or editorial assessment, use the form below to tell me about your book, and I’ll request a sample file from you within 24 hours.

Indicate what genre you are writing in, the service you are requesting, and the full word count of your manuscript.