Editing Services & Rates

Why Work with Me?

In addition to my editing experience, I’ve been a tenured professor and chair of a department. I’ve worked in academia for over 18 years. My service work included Rank & Tenure and many hiring committees. I continue to have an active scholarly agenda and therefore know a great deal about the research, writing, and publication process. 

If you are looking for the least expensive editing service, then you would be correct to look elsewhere. I devote my energy and time to clients who will most benefit from my considerable experience. If you need support in finding funds, read my article about this topic: 5 Ways to Find Funds for Academic Editing.

“I just wanted to update you that I got an advanced contract offer from Toronto, and Yale University Press is doing an expedited review.  Without a doubt, this has a lot to do with your help. I thank you again.”–Postdoctoral Fellow


Services Offered

Note: Graduate students receive a 10% savings on all services.

Individual Articles & Chapters (8,000-10,000 words)

  • Stylistic Edit: $400-500
  • Developmental Edit: $500-600
  • Combined Service: $600-700


  • Stylistic Edit: $2000-3500
  • Developmental Edit: $2500-4000
  • Combined Service: $4000-5000

Book Prospectus 

  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Includes two 30-minute phone consultations
  • Includes stylistic and developmental edit
  • $400-500
  • Inquire about full book manuscripts

Fellowship Application

  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Stylistic & Developmental Edit
  • 2-6 pages: $300-500

Job Cover Letter

  • Stylistic & Developmental Edit: $200

Tenure & Promotion Documents

  • Stylistic & Developmental Edit
  • Opening Statement: $200-300
  • Scholarship Statement: $200-400
  • Teaching Statement: $200-400
  • Service Statement: $200-400

*Inquire about syllabi services

If these services do not meet your needs, please feel free to contact me at rose@roseernst.net.

Independent Publishing Assistance

I’ve independently published seven fiction books and one non-fiction book. Independent publishing can supplement traditional academic publishing, and is a fantastic way to reach a broader audience. If you’re interested in exploring this option more, set up a free consultation call.

Levels of Editing Explained

Stylistic Editing

Stylistic editing focuses on line-by-line revision.

  • Clarity, style, and flow
  • Punctuation, spelling, redundancies, and wordiness
  • References and citations upon request

Sample edits are available here and here. I also include memo responses with edits summarizing possible changes. 

Developmental Editing

Watch my video about developmental editing here.

Developmental editing addresses the structure of your article or book.

You’re struggling with the flow of your argument, use of evidence, or identifying an audience. You’ve finished a draft of your article, but are feeling stuck about how to proceed. You’ve read your article one hundred times and have lost all perspective on whether it is ready for submission.

If any of these scenarios resonate, developmental editing might be for you.

I can also help you identify concrete tasks to help you move forward in your writing if you find this hands-on approach helpful. My goal is to support you in publishing your best workwith warm and constructive feedback.

Not sure which type of editing you need? I’d be happy to chat about your project. 

Turnaround time: typically two to three weeks, depending on the size of the project. Rush fees apply if I am available to complete it in under two weeks. 

*Changing deadlines: We all know how difficult it is to estimate how long a project will take. As an editor, however, I have to juggle several time-sensitive projects. In most cases, I can accommodate a change in schedule, though a significant delay may incur a 10% late fee. Thanks for understanding.

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