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

Levels of Editing Explained

Stylistic Editing

Stylistic editing focuses on line-by-line revision:

Clarity, style, and flow
Punctuation, redundancies, and wordiness
Paragraph transitions and coherency

Sample edits are available here and here. Please note that I no longer provide reference/citation or formatting services.

Developmental Editing

Watch my video about developmental editing.

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 a 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 also help you identify concrete tasks to help you move forward. My goal is to support you in publishing your best work—with warm and constructive feedback.

Manuscript Assessment

If you don’t need the hands-on approach of a developmental edit, then a manuscript assessment may be useful. While a developmental edit (DE) involves active suggestions about how to improve the manuscript, a manuscript assessment is a memo highlighting the strong portions of the manuscript and places where it could improve. I don’t offer concrete suggestions about how to fix these issues: I’m simply identifying issues to address in your next round of revisions. 

Questions? Request a quote here.

Services Offered

Note: Graduate students receive a 5% savings on all services.

Articles (8,000–10,000 words)

Stylistic Edit: $400–$500
Developmental Edit: $500–$600
Developmental & Stylistic Edit: $700–$800
Manuscript Assessment: $300

Book Prospectus 

Humanities & Social Sciences
Developmental & Stylistic Edit
4,000-6,000 words: $400–$500

Book Manuscripts

Inquire about full book manuscripts

Fellowship Application

Humanities & Social Sciences
Developmental & Stylistic Edit
4,000-8,000 words: $300–$500

Job Cover Letter

Developmental & Stylistic Edit: $200

Tenure & Promotion Documents

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

If these services do not meet your needs, please contact me at rose@roseernst.net. Otherwise, please complete this online quote form. Please note that I no longer edit dissertations.

Turnaround time: two weeks, depending on project size and calendar. Rush fees apply if I’m available to complete it in under two weeks.

Independent Publishing Assistance

In addition to publishing with a university press, I’ve independently published 11 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, complete this form.