Line Edits

We offer a range of editing services to suit your needs. Whether you felt the need for a manuscript assessment or not, we offer editing at line edit and proofread levels.

This is not vanity publishing - Sleeping Dragon Books will never charge for any assessment, editing, formatting, cover design, or other associated costs for any manuscript it contracts to publish.

What is a line edit?

Line edits look at the manuscript on a sentence-by-sentence basis. We look at your writing at a sentence and paragraph level. Where an assessment looks at the overall tone of the story, the line edit looks at how you tell your story:

  • Are there paragraphs that are confusing?
  • Do you use run-on sentences?
  • Are there overused words/phrases?
  • Have you fallen into the cliché trap?
  • Can dialogues or paragraphs be tightened?

What will it cost?

Line edits are charged at $50 per hour.

As a guideline, we say this will equate to approximately 25 pages or around 5,000 words. However, the final cost of your line edit will depend on how much work is done.

So, you can estimate the approximate cost based on your page or word count as follows:

How does it work?

Line editing and Proofreading means us working with you, and vice versa. To that end, if you are interested in any editing services from Sleeping Dragon Books, then the first step is to contact us so we can ensure we have the time and expertise to work on your manuscript - we don't want to be making any promises that we can't keep.

We'll work out a schedule based on mutual availability, then you'll receive a $50 deposit invoice by email (this amount is discounted from your final invoice). Once that is paid and your files are received, we'll get to work. When we're finished, we'll send you the invoice for the remaining costs due and your edited manuscript.

How long does it take?

Once we have your manuscript and deposit, it will take four to six weeks for us to send back your edited manuscript.