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When it comes to copy editing, I am a descriptivist.

Effective communication involves an agreement, usually tacit, between two or more parties about the meaning of words, phrases, and sentences—a shared worldview. That agreement isn’t found in any dictionary. So, I tend to have a gentle touch as a copyeditor. I am much more concerned with preserving your voice and in meeting the needs and expectations of your audience than adhering to fussy, pedantic rules.

Please note that copyediting does not refer to extensive restructuring or rewriting of your manuscript. A few line edits here and there are no big deal, but contributing significant amounts of new content gets into the realm of ghostwriting or coauthoring. Those services are quoted on a case-by-base basis, depending on the content type, deadlines involved, and other factors.

Editing Rates


$.015 per word

  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Standardization
  • Conformance to style


$0.20 per word

  • Proofreading plus:
  • Light sentence rewrites to correct grammatical errors, as needed

Line Editing

$.026 per word

  • Copyediting plus:
  • Rewrites to
    • clarify sentence meaning
    • enhance sentence power
    • improve logic and flow within the paragraph


Case-by-case basis

  • Please contact me at sean (at) seandennis (dot) com.