Get affordable book editing services that turn your rough draft into polished prose.

Professional editing by Elite Authors takes your book from basic to bestseller.

Manuscript editing services

Our manuscript editing services range from proofreading to developmental editing. You can buy one round of editing, or you can invest in your writing project with two or more rounds, a process that more closely mimics the one manuscripts go through at traditional publishing houses.

I received my edited manuscript with a quick turnaround and precise, thoughtful edits. My editor recommended many important text amendments to me, and the edits were of an extremely high standard. I hope to work with the same editor on my next book.

J. P. H. Tan

Professional editing services

Elite’s editors are experienced professionals who pride themselves on their exacting standards. Last year alone, our team edited nearly 1,750 manuscripts—some by first-time authors, others by New York Times bestsellers, Hall of Famers, presidential nominees, internet celebrities, and reality stars. For first timers and for veterans, working with Elite Authors means working with the best editors out there.

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Choose the Editing Services You Need

Copyediting

$.016

PER WORD

Looking for an expert editor to thoroughly check your grammar, spelling, and usage? Then a round of copyediting is perfect for you. Our editors make on average ten to fifteen edits per page that even the best grammar program won’t catch.

Line Editing

$.021

PER WORD

Are you ready to collaborate with a professional book editor to improve not only your spelling and grammar but also higher-level elements like organization, characterization, plot, pacing, and style? Line editing is what you’re looking for.

Developmental Editing

$.04

PER WORD

Trying to turn a rough first draft into a finished final product? Developmental editing is best for authors ready to push up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to get their story into fighting shape.

Proofreading

$.012

PER WORD

Looking for a final cold read by an experienced editor before you go to print? Get expert proofreading services so you don’t risk publishing a manuscript with lingering misspellings, grammatical errors, or typos.

Affordable book editing services

We offer several levels of book editing services to fit different budgets and different goals. Whether you’re looking for a final proofread by an expert book editor or someone to help you bring your ideas to fruition, we have a service that can meet your needs.

Copywriting

A copyedit focuses on grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and it’s most productive after an author has already done significant revision and now wants an editor to focus on perfecting the language and eliminating typos. The goal of copyediting is to ensure your book is error-free when it lands in readers’ hands.

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing delves even more deeply, uncovering the heart of the story you want to tell and determining the very best way to tell it. It’s great for authors who really want to take their book to the next level and who are willing to make significant changes in the service of telling a better story.

Line Editing

Line editing delves more deeply into a manuscript. Best for authors with a fully completed draft, line editing not only corrects basic writing mechanics but also works to strengthen various higher-level elements like characterization, pacing, voice, dialogue, and plot.

Proofreading

You’ve worked and reworked your manuscript, and now it’s formatted and ready for publication. Protect your credibility as an author—and save on potentially expensive fixes of errors readers notice after publication—and have a professional editor proofread your final, laid-out PDF. The peace of mind you’ll gain knowing a practiced pair of eyes is catching every last little typo is priceless.

Compare Our Services

Book Proofreading vs. Copyediting vs. Line Editing vs. Developmental

Copyediting Line editing Develomental Proofreading
Spelling
Grammar
Punctuation
Line and page breaks
Consistency
Usage
In-document comments
Paragraph structure
Chapter breaks
Plot flow
Pacing
Characterization
Dialogue
Continuity
Plot restructuring
Evaluation of theme, premise, and imagery
Timeline analysis
Tightening thesis, improving focus
Book mapping
Detailed editorial letter 1–2 pages 2–4 pages 5–10 pages None

Editing packages: bundle and save

Multiple rounds of editing are industry standard, and it’s easy to understand why—a thorough edit often results in substantial changes to a manuscript, and feedback on that new draft can be just as helpful as it was in the first round. Our bundled editing packages make affording two or more rounds easy, and we can tailor those packages to fit your book’s needs and avoid extraneous edits.

Working together

We see editing as a collaboration between author and editor. Our editors not only offer corrections and suggestions but also explain the reasoning behind their edits, offering comments within your document and writing a laser-focused editorial letter that explains what’s going right and what you can make even better.

The final word is always yours

All changes to your manuscript are made using Word’s Track Changes feature. As the author, you have the choice whether to accept your editor’s changes.

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FAQs

How much do you charge for editing a book?

How much we charge for editing a book depends on what kind of editing you want: copyediting, line editing, developmental editing, or proofreading. The more intensive the editing, the more time an editor spends working on a manuscript, the greater the cost. No matter what services your book gets, you will always know up front how much you’ll have to pay, since all our editing services and packages have easy and transparent pricing. For more information, call us.


How much does it cost to hire an editor?

Usually, how much it costs to hire an editor varies widely depending on the editor’s experience levels, costs of living, and familiarity with your manuscript’s topic. But when you choose Elite Authors, you’re hiring a collaborative team to handle each step toward publication, and we take the guesswork out of the entire process. We’ll match your book with the right editor—one who’s experienced in your genre or subject. And our prices are easy and transparent, so you know up front how much a service will cost.


What exactly does an editor do?

An editor does many things, from correcting misspelled words to revising grammatical slips to pointing out opportunities to strengthen a character, plot, or argument. Whether through a developmental edit on a rough draft or a proofread on a laid-out PDF, your editor will take your work to the next level.

How do I know my manuscript is in good hands?

You know your manuscript is in good hands because it’s in our hands—our team of award-winning editors have worked for traditional publishers, and some are published authors themselves. As a company, we worked for years directly with CreateSpace to offer their authors Amazon’s book editing services. We use the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster Dictionary as our go-to guidelines, and our multistep quality-check process ensures accuracy. Every one of our experienced professional editors offers world-class book editing services.


Why is manuscript editing so important?

Manuscript editing is crucial in our current hypercompetitive publication market because professionally edited manuscripts attract more readers, receive better reviews, and sell more copies. Don’t let typos turn off readers.


What do I need?

Our editors provide edits and comments using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes tool. This means you’ll need a copy of MS Word so you can accept or reject those edits as well as see exactly what types of changes your editor has made.

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