Words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.—Lord Byron

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We offer expert proofreading, editing, book design, eBook formatting, and transcription services.

La Liseuse (The Reader) by Félix Edouard Vallotton.

La Liseuse (The Reader) by Félix Edouard Vallotton, a Swiss painter and printmaker. Vallotton was part of Les Navis, a group of Post-Impressionist avant-garde artists active in France in the 1890s.

Manuscript Editing

Is Your Manuscript Ready for an Editor or Proofreader?

In the journey of getting a manuscript from creative thought to published format, the one step most often overlooked or under utilized is editing. Most readers can tell the difference between a manuscript that has been properly edited and one that has not. Whether you plan to self-publish your novel as an eBook or you are a student preparing for your dissertation defense, your manuscript deserves the kind of edge and polish that a professional editor can give it.

While an editor cannot promise you that a carefully copy edited manuscript will guarantee you a sale to a major publishing house or that you will be accepted by an agent, an editor can help you refine and improve your work before you send it out into the world, improving your overall chances for its success. Let us help you make sure your manuscript is as clean as it can be!

What We Edit

Text-based Documents and Printed Materials

We are able to edit most genres; this includes academic papers, such as admissions essays, capstone projects, doctoral dissertations, and master's theses (APA, MLA, or Chicago Manual of Style); fiction and non-fiction) books; diaries, journals, and memoirs; textbooks and technical manuals; screenplays; and more.

Electronic Media

We can handle the editing of all of your electronic media needs, including eBooks. If your eBook has already been edited and just needs to be put into the proper format for publishing, visit our eBooks page for a list of conversion options.

Make sure your documents have been checked for accuracy before they are presented to the public! Contact Compass Rose Horizons today to hire an editor for your project.

How We Edit

We use the track-edits and comments features of MS Word to edit or proofread your manuscript. If you prefer, we can edit and mark a printed version instead. We offer several levels of editing; a description of each follows. (To skip directly to our rates page, go to Editorial Rates, where you will also find our current monthly specials.)

Level One: Express Proofreading

Express proofreading is a great choice if your manuscript has already been reviewed several times — by yourself, by your peers, by another editor — and you only need a fast, final read for minor mistakes. The greater part of our authors who request express proofreading have already had their manuscripts distributed to an audience and would like to come out with a revised copy. This is the service to order if your manuscript has already been edited by a professional editor and you only require someone to perform a final inspection before sending it to an agent, publishing house, or before you send it to the printer.

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A vintage typewriter from the Chicago Writing Machine Company.

Level Two: Basic Proofreading

If you are pleased with the overall framework of your manuscript and only wish for the rhetoric to be put in order, basic proofreading is the way to go. The basic service includes proofing for obvious spelling flubs, typos, punctuation missteps, capitalization glitches, and muddled grammar. If all you really need is to have your manuscript edited for routine errors, this is the service you should order.

Level Three: Extended Proofreading / Line-by-Line Copyediting

Most manuscripts we receive have not been previously edited, so this is the most frequently requested service that we offer. In addition to everything covered under our basic proofreading option, your manuscript will be read for general structure, articulation, inconsistencies, logic, wordiness, and redundancies. We might include suggestions for how to make your writing more clear, or rearrange sentences for better comprehension and overall readability.

To review our current pricing, go to Editorial Rates. If you are ready to get started, Contact Us for more information.

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