Wilcox Editing

Services and rates


Editorial Assessment: If you are not sure which level of editing you require, you may benefit from an initial editorial assessment. I will read through your manuscript and identify general problems and attributes. For example, I might note the spelling is generally poor but the character development is excellent in your manuscript. I then recommend an editing level based on this assessment. This service includes a complimentary phone consultation that provides context for the written assessment. I offer a recording of this session so you can reference it in the future.

Developmental Editing: Developmental editing entails an ongoing exchange between writer and editor. I only take on writers of fiction, memoir, and certain other forms of creative nonfiction as developmental editing clients because this work is highly specialized, requiring a deep understanding of craft and genre-specific conventions. If you have completed a draft of your manuscript and you feel this draft could be improved, I can help guide you through the revision process. I also assist with development of query letters, synopses, and cover letters.

Line Editing: If your draft includes unnecessary material that undercuts the desired effect of the writing, I will help you find such redundancies and eliminate them. If your fiction contains problems of dramatic continuity or your text has light structural issues, a line edit is the appropriate editing level for the manuscript. A line edit is not appropriate for a text needing major structural changes or expansion of any kind. Unlike developmental editing, line editing is not an ongoing process of revision; it is more like copyediting in this regard.

Copyediting: In a copyedit, I will catch language errors and also suggest rephrasing of awkward sentences in a manuscript. A copyedit assumes that the content is set and the manuscript only needs a fine-tuning of language. A copyedit will ensure consistency of style, eliminate errors, and leave you with a manuscript formatted for submission to agents or publishers. Copyediting is usually the appropriate editing level for a manuscript that has already been revised and vetted for content or a finished scholarly text that has been translated into English from a foreign language.

Proofreading: In a proofread, I will catch language errors only. Any slightly awkward but not incorrect phrasing will be left alone. If you are self-publishing, this service is most appropriate to check the page proofs you receive from the printer. A true proofread of page proofs involves attention to issues of typography and final layout such as ensuring optimal word breaks at the end of a line.


Please query me for a project quote if you are interested in developmental editing, writing coaching, or an editorial assessment. For line editing, copyediting, and proofreading, I provide estimates based on a sample and the following hourly rates:

Line Editing: $65 per hour
Copyediting: $45 per hour
Proofreading: $40 per hour


Erin Wilcox has been instrumental in helping me select promising pieces of my nonfiction via her editorial assessment service. She then provided outstanding developmental editing, which was crucial to getting the pieces accepted for publication. Not least, she is a pleasure to work with.”

Richard Moore,
"Crossing Erez," "Princeton Dreaming," "A Death in the Hot Season"

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