Services and Rates

Matthews Editing and Writing Services

All prices are Australian dollars ($AUD).

Manuscript Appraisal and Assessment.

In an appraisal we read the manuscript and assess what is working and what isn’t. We focus on:
• Readability.
• Character development and interaction.
• Plotting and identifying plot holes.
• Showing versus telling.
• Information dumps and excessive exposition.
• Continuity issues.
• Basic spelling and grammar.
• General awkwardness and areas lacking polish.

We do not edit these areas. We identify the problem, explain why it is a problem and offer suggestions for fixes but it is up to the writer to examine and consider our suggestions and advice and determine a path forward.

Our Rates for Appraisals:
• 1 to 10,000 – $200.00
• 10,000 – 30,000 – $250.00
• 30,000 – 60,000 – $350.00
• 60,000 – 80,000 – $450.00
• 80,000 – 120,000 – $550.00

Each manuscript will be returned with Microsoft word track changes and comments enabled so you can see any problems and our suggested solutions.

Proofreading

This stage of the process is the nitty gritty work and should be the final stage before publishing your work. The focus during the proofreading stage is on:
• Spelling.
• Grammar.
• Punctuation.
• Hyphens.
• Consistency of spelling and tense.

Cost is $3.00 per page

Line Editing or Copy Editing

This is a comprehensive edit addressing:
• Syntax.
• Word selection.
• Sentence flow.
• Consistency.
• Style.

Costing for line edits is $4.00 per page.

Developmental and Content Editing

Developmental and content editing is a detailed, comprehensive examination of the manuscript looking at:
• Pacing.
• Plot development.
• Character development.
• Consistency of timeline, character and plot.
• Fact checking.
• Logic issues.
• Story structure.
• Dialogue.

With developmental editing I am looking at those ‘things’ that pull the reader out of the story or make the reader doubt the story.

Cost is $7.50 per page

Multiple Services or Multiple Books

If you would like to book multiple services such as an appraisal, line edit and then a proofread a 15% discount will apply.
Writers who are working on a series and who would like to ensure consistency across the series by booking my services for the entire series will receive a 20% discount on the total.

Booking our Services

A 50% deposit is required when the manuscript is submitted. The final 50% is due within 72 hours of our emailing you your invoice once the editing is finalised.