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What services are you looking for?

Copy edit: The Imperative copy edit includes a line edit of your writing project, with corrections to spelling, grammar, word usage, sentence structure, punctuation, cross-references, and consistency (i.e., style, timeline, names, etc.). Also included is a fact-check of all general information related to your project.

Proofread: The Imperative proofread is a lighter edit, focusing on spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and typos. It also includes a brief assessment of other potential concerns (e.g., word usage, consistency, factual errors, etc.).

Most editing and proofreading at Imperative takes place in Microsoft Word Track Changes. Other formats are available for an additional cost.

 
 

Long works—20,000+ words

Copy edit and fact-check

Submission edit—3.5¢/word
Full document copy edit

Self-publishing edit—3.5¢/word + $20/10,000 words
Full document copy edit, plus document cleaned up and styled in Word for various eBook and print uploads

Thesis/dissertation edit—3.5¢/word + 4.5¢/word for bibliography edit
Full document copy edit, plus each bibliography entry hand-edited to match your style guide of choice (i.e., CMOS, MLA, APA, AP, etc.).

Proofread

Submission proofread—2.5¢/ word
Full document proofread

Self-publishing proofread—2.5¢/word + $20/10,000 words
Full document copy edit, plus document cleaned up and styled in Word for various eBook and print uploads

Thesis/dissertation proofread—2.5¢/word + 4.5¢/word for bibliography edit
Full document copy edit, plus each bibliography entry hand-edited to match your style guide of choice (i.e., CMOS, MLA, APA, AP, etc.)

 

Other Services

Manuscript Critique: starts at $450—contact for details.

Transcription: $35/hour—half-hour minimum. 

Indexing: $9/page—based on 250-word page.

Short works—less than 20,000 words

Copy edit and fact-check

Full document copy edit

  • Short story, blog post, essay, children’s book edit—$40/hour, half-hour minimum

  • Article edit—journals, magazines, newspapers—$40/hour, half-hour minimum

  • Website content edit—$40/hour, half-hour minimum

  • Personal document edit—letters, resumes, etc.—$35/hour, half-hour minimum

  • Bibliography—5.5¢/word
    Each entry hand-edited to match your style guide of choice (i.e., CMOS, MLA, APA, AP, etc.)

Proofread

Full document proofread

  • Short story, blog post, essay, children’s book proofread—$35/hour, half-hour minimum

  • Article proofread—journals, magazines, newspapers—$35/hour, half-hour minimum

  • Website content proofread—$35/hour, half-hour minimum

  • Personal document proofread—letters, resumes, etc.—$32/hour, half-hour minimum