Level II – Line & Content Editing

Level II includes Content Editing, but focuses more on overall language of your story. Does a sentence need to be reworded? Are you using passive verbs? Is there a missing or over-used punctuation? Do your sentences run on?

Our Line Editor will find all the areas of opportunity for you to improve your sentences so they are presented the best way possible to your readers.

What is Line Editing?

Line Editing looks at your book sentence by sentence, word by word, to make sure what you wrote is grammatically correct. It includes the following:

  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Word Syntax
  • Word Tense
  • Useless Words
  • Pluralization
  • Sentence Clarity
  • Over-used Words
  • Passive Voice

This level of editing looks at your story under a microscope, understanding how everything works together and points out where you need to improve it. There are services out there you can use to try to correct these types of errors, but writing is as much of an art as it is a science. No computer could ever replace a human mind that understands how language is put together.

How is this different from Proofreading/Copyediting?

Proofreading, Content, Copy, Line… what are really the differences?

One problem we often see is that almost every website has a slightly different definition of what those are. More than that, there is some overlap between each one, so it is often confusing what type does what. In fact, us only providing you two types of editing services seems like we are not providing you with everything you need.

You can find out more about Content Editing here and we’ve discussed what Line Editing is above. Given all the different definitions out there, we will use a more general definition of how we define these terms.

We’ll start with Proofreading. Proofreading is mostly a quick glance at a story. In many ways, this falls under what a Beta Reader does. The purpose of a Proofreader is someone to find any obvious errors with a story. Minor spelling and grammar mistakes.

Copyediting is the next step from Proofreading, but a step below Line Editing. Copyediting is basically a more detailed look at grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization. It is the level of editing that Microsoft Word or Grammarly does. However, it is not as deep as Line Editing is, as it only looks for errors at a basic level.

M.E.S. gives you both Content and Line Editing. Line Editing is vastly superior than Proofreading and Copyediting.

What if one of your suggestions is wrong, and this is just how I write?

You’re not the first writer to say that. We both grapple with this in our writing. Chris has a tendency to spell color with a ‘u’ (colour), or put an ‘s’ at the end of anyway (anyways). He believes it sounds better to say thrusted, rather than thrust. He would argue that this is his style of writing.

It’s a tight rope you have to walk between what your style is and what is grammatically correct. The problem is, a reader won’t understand that his misspellings are actually how he prefers them to be. So he had to make a choice: either keep things the way he wanted them (to which a reader might think he’s a bad speller), or change things to what is grammatically correct.

That’s a very hard decision to make. He ended up changing colour to color, and thrusted to thrust. Although, he kept anyways. He had to pick and choose what he would keep and what he would correct. Even then, he had reviewers refuse to read his book because they perceived that my book had errors in it. He even tried to explain to them that some of those word choices was his style, but they didn’t really listen.

Style vs Proper Grammar? That is the question. Any and all corrections we make for your story: it is up to you if you want to change them or not. Just be aware that your reader may not be aware of what your style is, and give you a lower rating because they believe that your story wasn’t properly edited.

How much does this cost?

Here at M.E.S., our primary goal is to provide you with top-quality service for an affordable rate. For Level II editing, your cost begins at $2 per page. When we receive your book, we will look through your first few pages to gauge how much work your story will need. We will then email a Service Agreement, which will detail how much it will cost you for us to edit this. That cost should be somewhere between $2 – $3 per page.

100 pages for $2 per Page: $200
200 pages for $3 per Page: $600

As you can see, the average cost will be somewhere between $200 – $600. It can go higher than that, but we’d likely recommend that you take your story back and go through it again, before we look it over once more. This way, we won’t have to charge you so much money. Also, if you do the work, it will help you grow stronger as a writer.

If you have less than 25 pages, the base price starts at $25. Then we will gauge how much work is needed for your book and apply that to your final price, like we do for any page count above 25.

Can you look at my story again after I make the changes you suggested?

Definitely. We’ll be happy to do so. In fact, we will do so at a discounted rate. Any revision that you need us to do after the first time we edit your story, we will look at your story again. From there, we’ll quote you a price in the same fashion as before, but knock off 25% from your total price.

Note: You won’t be able to give us your story 3 additional times, and get 75% off your bill. It is always 25% off for your revisions.

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