Heather Hayden


All authors have their own method of turning a first draft into a polished manuscript. All of those methods have one thing in common: editing, editing, and more editing.

I offer both copy editing and proofreading services. If you aren’t sure what your manuscript needs, you may send the first 4 pages (1000 words) for a free evaluation to hhayden.editor@gmail.com.

Copy editing

Copy editing is a two-pass service that involves checking spelling, grammar, punctuation, and technical consistency; checking for continuity errors and inconsistencies; and ensuring any loose ends have been tied up.

What does technical consistency mean? It means I check that spelling, capitalization, font, numerals, and hyphenation are used consistently throughout the manuscript. If it says “e-mail” on page 5 but “email” on page 10, I correct that.

Price: $.02/word [50,000-word manuscript = $1000]


Proofreading is a one-pass service that involves catching the final tiny errors like missing words; incorrect words, grammar, and punctuation; and odd formatting. I scour your manuscript, hunting for typos and misplaced commas, to ensure your final manuscript is as polished as possible.

Price: $.012/word [50,000-word manuscript = $600]

Turnaround time

Turnaround time depends on the length of the manuscript and my availability. In general, a 50,000-word manuscript may take 5 business days. “Rush” orders are negotiable and dependent on my availability.