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$125 minimum charge as a single service 
1.25¢ per word

$100 minimum charge when added to an edit
0.94¢ per word (Save 25%!)

Writers who want to gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their work are candidates for this service, which can be ordered as a single service or added to an edit at a 25% discount. 

A Professional Evaluation includes a minimum eight-page report outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your writing skills and your manuscript.

Your Professional Evaluation will be returned in a PDF document after the entire manuscript is read. The evaluation will describe, in detail, what is working well in your manuscript and what needs further tweaking. The document is frequently longer than the minimum of eight pages and will address the book’s content. Comments inserted in your manuscript will correlate to the items in the evaluation.

In a fiction manuscript, it will cover such things as structure, plot holes, and character development, as shown below. The non-fiction form is similar, but contains different headings of issues evaluated, such as organization, hook, and appropriateness of the title.

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The prices noted are for an evaluation completed within a regular editing schedule. See the FAQ page for additional information about scheduling.

Rush jobs are available with an additional charge. See the sidebar for details!


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Rush jobs

Subject to the availability of Susan Uttendorfsky, owner.

Tier 1—Proofreading:

$250 minimum charge

2.5¢ per word

  • 1–40,000 words returned within 24 hours 
  • 40,001–85,000 words within 60 hours

Tier 2—Copyediting:

$400 minimum charge

4.2¢ to 9.0¢ per word

  • 1–40,000 words returned within 48 hours 
  • 40,001–85,000 words within 96 hours

Professional Evaluation:

$250 minimum charge

2.5¢ per word

  • 1–40,000 words returned within 24 hours 
  • 40,001–85,000 words within 60 hours

Rush jobs over 85,000 words are not accepted for editing, but may be for an evaluation. Please keep in mind that Susan's skills cannot be expected to be perfect at this speed, but she will do her best to have the MS error free.