Every successful book starts with writing and editing to build a solid foundation. It's normal for your manuscript to go through several rounds of editing before it is complete. Every manuscript starts as an idea; if you're unsure how to begin, you may desire coaching even at this early stage. Once you have your manuscript in it’s first draft, it will likely still need a little TLC from a professional editor. When you have your final draft, copy editing and proofreading are the final pieces needed to polish your manuscript before moving into production.

Our team of experienced and professional writers and editors work on each project as if it were their very own. Please feel free to Contact Us about any of the following services:


"I don't have a manuscript yet - but I have a great idea and need some help."

Writing coaching: Your writing coach helps you organize your project, determine a writing schedule, and set writing goals. Your coach reviews the stages of writing with you, including an initial outline, research, and various drafts. Together, you will develop a clear and compelling premise (nonfiction) or plot (fiction), determine a tone, style, and voice based on the intended audience. Coaching packages consist of 12, 50-minute sessions.

Work-for-hire: With your knowledge and input, one of our professional writers will work to create a manuscript, fiction or nonfiction, that is ready for the production process. (Production can include copy editing, proofreading, layout, ISBN and e-book creation.) Price starts at $12,000 for a 30,000 word manuscript.

"I have a first draft, but I'm not sure what I need next."

Editorial Critique: This invaluable service will save you time and money in the long run! You will receive comments within your manuscript and/or a separate report that will give you confidence in knowing your next steps. Contact us today for a custom quote.


Developmental/Rewrite Editing: A “book doctor” will work with you to create your rough outline into a coherent and readable manuscript. A fiction book doctor helps organize, sharpen, and tighten the manuscript to enhance storytelling and create believable characters and dialogue, with a coherent plot and appropriate setting. In nonfiction, a book doctor strives for writing that is clear and concise, thought provoking, and on target. 7.5 - 9.0 cents/word


Substantive Editing: You have a completed rough document or manuscript but it needs TLC. A substantive editor addresses, adds, and changes wording, sentences, paragraphs, etc., in a way that changes the work, but leaves your voice and style intact. A substantive edit may involve reordering or rewriting segments to improve readability, clarity, and accuracy to create a must-read manuscript. 4.5 - 5.0 cents/word

"My manuscript is polished and I'm ready to finalize the editing."

Copy Editing: A copy editor focuses on the “five Cs” – writing that is clear, correct, concise, complete, and consistent. You can expect noticeable change to your original writing that will make you feel confident knowing that your book is close to being “publish-ready.” 2.0 - 3.0 cents/word


Proofreading: Every book needs proofreading, no matter how prolific the writer. Spelling and grammar errors are a “turn off” to readers. Our eagle-eye proofreaders will correct minor errors such as verb tense, correct use of numbers, i.e. “10” or “ten,” while addressing spelling, grammar, punctuation, throughout your work. We offer a single and double proofread. 1.5 - 3 cents/word



Not sure which of these services is right for you? Feel free to Contact Us and send in your digital manuscript. We will review your work, give you a free appraisal, and provide you with custom options to fit your budget. AuthorSource respects applicable copyright laws and will never attempt to claim ownership of your intellectual property.