Editing Services

Editing ServicesWordTrance will help you realize, refine, and complete your fiction story. We recommend that you fine-tune your story as much as possible on your own before having it edited, to make sure you get the most for your money.

Beta Reading

Every writer needs at least one beta reader. An avid, skilled reader, possessing editorial insights and skills who provides an overall, thorough assessment complete with notes and recommendations of the near-final draft of your story.

The goal is to tell the reader what works, what doesn’t, what to enhance, what to change, and an assortment of general notes covering all story-related topics: character, setting, mood, tone, setting, description. This type of editing is less-concerned with detailed grammar editing.

They do not provide the in-depth and complete level of a professional editing, but it is a cheaper and quicker process, while maintaining a high level of quality.

Whereas your everyday reader could tell something may be off in your story, a beta reader is able to discern specifically where the problem is.

With all types of editing, we use Microsoft Word to utilize track changes, comments, and highlighting.

The price is standard rate at $100 per 20,000 words.

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Other Types of Editing Offered

  • Broad Assessment – A broad, general critique of your story, examining your basic story concept and plot synopsis. We will give you an assessment of your story’s strengths and weaknesses, and help you develop your story. This type of editing is best for early drafts of your work.
  • Developmental Editing (aka Content Editing) – This is narrower in scope and more in-depth than the Broad Assessment above. Topics include: structure, dialogue, showing vs. telling issues, plot holes, pacing, logical flaws, characterization, narration, point-of-view, fleshing out of ideas, recommendations whether to add or delete sections, etc. Does not cover spelling and grammar. This type of editing is best for a near-final or final draft of your story.
  • Line Editing – This is the narrowest in scope and most thorough type of editing, taking place on the sentence and paragraph level. Topics include: tone, consistency, flow, word choice, wordiness, transitions between sections and paragraphs, syntax, mechanics, passive/active voice, usage, and a very basic cleaning up of grammar. Does not cover more detailed spelling and grammar. This type of editing is best for your final draft.
  • Any combination of the three. You may want your first chapter approached from the Developmental Editing level, helping you work through how a character gets from point A to point B. While for a chapter in the middle of your story, you want the more detailed Line Editing, helping find a way to transition from one paragraph to the next. That’s why you can pick and choose which type of editing you would like for different sections of your story.

What each type of editing entails can overlap. Please, choose the type of editing you want based on your individual, specific needs, and add any additional topics you may want us to focus on in the form below. Remember, one size does not fit all when it comes to editors; we may not be the best option for you and your style of writing. If we think this is the case, we will let you know immediately.

With all types of editing, we use Microsoft Word to utilize track changes, comments, and highlighting.

Who We Are

Our main editor, Michael

Editor, Michael DeCesaris. I have studied literature and creative writing. I edit, write, and blog. Also, I have edited the independent novel, “The King’s Brigade” as well as the blog for the charity Crossing America For A Cure.

WordTrance is an independent editing service with a passion for all types of written fiction. With over 10 years of practical experience, we strive to provide you with the highest quality editing process. We specialize in fantasy, science-fiction, speculative fiction, genre fiction, and similar genres, but we enjoy working with all types of fiction. And, we focus on what you want your story to be, not what we think it should be.

Customer Testimonial: “Working with Michael was a writer’s delight. He kept me up to date with the progress of the work, provided an insightful opinion on every change that had to be made and clearly explained every correction. He not only edited, but also helped me with formatting the manuscript, which was great!

“Michael finished working on the manuscript of my latest novel “The Brooklyn Boys Club” perfectly on time and with the corrected version also provided his notes, which really helped me with the final corrections. It was very nice to hear an independent opinion about my work and Michael has been very supportive throughout the entire process. I’ll definitely contact him again when I need an editor for my third book and couldn’t recommend his services more highly.”

Ellie Midwood, author of The Brooklyn Boys Club and The New York Doll.

What We Offer:

  • Thorough Editing: Since we are new and a small independent editing service, we can devote more time and effort to your story. Our typical turn-around time is about 4 weeks for an 80,000 word story.
  • Accessibility: We can also be more accessible to you if you have questions that arise during the editing process. Up to three days after receiving your edits back, we will be available via email to answer any questions you may have.
  • Versatility: We accept any length story, whether it be novels, novellas, short stories, or other lengths. You can apply any combination of editing types to any number of sections in your story.
  • Low Cost/Low Rates: We charge by the word, by the hour, or by a combination of both to keep prices down and calculate the best possible price for you.

The rates in the box below are our standard rates, but other factors (which will be detailed in your invoice if there are any) can affect price. For example, the more types of editing you want, the higher the cost will be. Other factors affecting price include whether you want the editing rushed and how complex your material is.

Feel free to check the Editorial Freelancers Association editorial rates for the standard rates used by editors. When you receive an invoice from us, there will be a complete breakdown of when per word rates were used and when hourly rates were used.

Note: A typical manuscript page is 250 words.

Type of Editing By Word By Hour
Broad Assessment  n/a  $35.00 (typically 4-8 pages per hour)
Developmental Editing $0.02 $30.00 (typically 1-5 pages per hour)
Line Editing (Copy Editing) $0.01 $25.00 (typically 5-10 pages per hour)

Secure, Easy Payment: We use PayPal, which is trusted, secure, and fast. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use their services. Following the prompts presented to you through PayPal, you can pay using a valid credit card, debit card, or bank account. Your payment information never reaches us but is secured through PayPal. To see how secure the process is, please see PayPal’s Purchase Protection.
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Editing Sample

Not sure? Send us up to 1500 words of your story to michael@wordtrance.com or by using the form below, and we will send you back an edited version completely free. (Limited to one editing sample per customer.) Make sure to include what kind of editing you are looking for.

Get Started Now

  1. Fill out the form below.
  2. Include a sample portion of your work. For a longer story send your first chapter and one from the middle (at least 1500 words of each), and for short stories send the first 1500 words. After you submit the form, you will be sent an email confirming it has been received.
  3. Based on this sample, we evaluate how much it will cost to edit your full story, and then we email you a quote (usually within a few days). The quote will have the estimated turnaround time and a breakdown of how we price your story listing per word cost or per hourly cost (or a combination of the two). If we are unable to take your project on right away, we will let you know the soonest available date we can.
  4. You choose whether or not you want to accept the quote. If you accept, a contract will be sent for you to sign, and only after that is an agreement formed between us to complete the editing process and deliver it to you, as well as for you to pay the full agreed upon amount.
  5. We require half the payment first and half after we have returned your completed edits to you. We accept payments only via PayPal.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Type of Editing (check all that apply)
 Broad Assessment Developmental Editing Line Editing

Word Count of full work you want edited

What is your story about:

Target Audience:


If you need the editing rushed, enter the date by when you need it:

Any Notes or Questions You May Have:

Your Document for Editing:

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If you encounter any problems, you can email us at michael@wordtrance.com

What We Do Not Offer:

  • A magic fix
  • Fact checking
  • Research (historical research, etc.)
  • In-depth grammar editing
  • Catching everything
  • Rewriting of sentences
  • Marketing
  • Substantive editing
  • Ghost writing
  • A guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted by an agent or publisher
  • A guarantee you will be published

Our Guarantee

  • We will not share, show, copy, distribute, or sell your work. Your work is yours alone and belongs to you. We just want to help make it the best it can be.
  • We do not work with any third parties such as literary agencies or publishers which benefit from our services. We are completely independent.
  • We will give you 100% of our effort and strive to help you make your work the best it can be.


  • Once you sign the contract an agreement is formed between us to complete the editing process and deliver it to you, as well as for you to pay the full agreed upon amount.
  • Prices and rates are subject to change at any time but will never be changed or altered after you accept a quote.
  • Once you make a payment, there are no refunds.
  • We retain the right to refuse services to anyone. Although, the reason would most likely be because we are too busy or because we do not think we are a good fit as an editor for you.
  • You agree that you are not violating any copyright laws, that your story is not plagiarized, and that your story is completely yours and you retain all ownership.

We hope to hear from you, and please email us with any questions you may have at michael@wordtrance.com

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