Vocostoff provides editing services at an hourly rate dependent upon the type of edit requested and length of manuscript (rates correspond to those set by the Editorial Freelancers Association). Our primary editor, Karen Stoff, has over 24-years of senior and executive level management/leadership experience. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree along with other graduate degrees and has experience using the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS). Karen has started an Editing Certificate program from the UC Berkeley Extension. She can provide any of the below editing services on a completed, final draft manuscript.

1. Substantive: A chapter and paragraph look at a manuscript which tightens the story and character arcs or improves organization to improve style and eliminate ambiguity. Ensures consistency throughout the piece with significant emphasis on how information advances the plot and develops characters or presents an argument to a logical conclusion. Rates will fall between the Line Editing and Developmental Editing standards established by the Editorial Freelancers Association and will be established during a client's initial consult.

3. Copyedit (Mechanical Edit): A sentence-by-sentence review to ensure adherence to a style guide (Chicago Manual of Style is the default style guide unless otherwise stated by a client). Focus will be on spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and usage. A style sheet will be created and provided to the author. Rates will be established after an assessment of the first 1% of a manuscript and when both author and editor agree upon the level of edit for the project. The Copyediting rate standards established by the Editorial Freelancers Association will be the basis for charges.

If interested in Vocostoff's editing services, please email.

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