ed·it | \ ˈe-dət \ | verb
1a : to prepare (something, such as literary material) for publication or public presentation.
1c : to alter, adapt, or refine to bring about conformity to a standard or particular purpose.
PROOFREADING: $0.015 per word / $30 an hour
Proofreading is meant to be the final look at a piece before going to publication. Proofreading covers looking at surface issues such as spelling, punctuation, formatting, and grammar. It does not include sentence rephrasing or suggest revision changes. If I feel you need a more intensive look, I will recommend one of my other services.
COPY EDITING: $0.035 per word / $35 an hour
Copy editing involves suggestions, comments, sentence rephrases/clarifications, word usage, flow, organization, transitions, grammatical issues, consistency/accuracy both technical and within the story (to name a few). Copy editing happens before the final draft, but not on the first draft. Specific goals and need can be set and requested for this service.
I typically work at a pace of 5 to 10 pages an hour.
LINE EDITING: $0.08 per word / $45 an hour
Line editing is even more in-depth than copy editing. This means a line-by-line analysis of the manuscript, thinking about how every phrase can be tighter/better. Line editing is about making the writing not only correct, but more effective and how you communicate your writing to your reader.
I typically work at a pace of 2 to 5 pages an hour.