Professional Book Editing Services

Turn good writing into a great book.

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Why You Need Professional Editing for Your Book

Book editors do more than make sure your I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed–they ensure your writing is fluid and poignant. The best way to make sure your book is perfectly polished before it’s in print is to invest in editing services from a brand you can trust.

PortableVoices Editing is for authors who want premium book editing or eBook editing services for an affordable price. Our exclusive network of editors works with traditionally published authors in every genre, including many Best Sellers list. Now, self-published authors have the opportunity to work directly with these top-flight book editors. Just start by choosing from one of our editing services below!

Choose from two Print On Demand options:

Proofreading

Character-by-character review

Ksh. 0.75 Per Word
  • For final step editing
  • Review typos and grammar

  • Character-by-character final review
  • Spelling and punctuation check
  • Intensive grammar audit
  • Adherence to Chicago Manual of Style
  • Estimated Timeline: 6-8 days

Copy Editing

Word-by-word mechanical edit

Ksh. 1.3 Per Word
  • Best for non-fiction authors
  • Covers technical consistency

  • Word-by-word mechanical edit
  • Word choice and syntax inspection
  • Spelling and punctuation check
  • Intensive grammar audit
  • Basic proofreading
  • Adherence to Chicago Manual of Style
  • Estimated Timeline: 7-9 days

Line Editing

Line-by-line stylistic editing

Ksh. 2 Per Word
  • Most popular editing for authors!
  • Perfect for 1st time authors

  • Line-by-line stylistic editing
  • Intensive overall structural edit
  • Word choice and syntax inspection
  • Plot and pacing review
  • Survey transition elements
  • Audit tone and style
  • Review character development
  • Writing flow enhancement
  • Voice maintenance
  • Basic proofreading
  • Editor’s notes and comments
  • Adherence to Chicago Manual of Style
  • Estimated Timeline: 8-10 days

Why trust us to edit your book?

PortableVoices’ network of editors is experienced with non-fiction books like biographies and academic journals, and a range of fiction novels too—from Sci-Fi to Romances. Many are seasoned professionals who have worked with bestselling authors across multiple genres, as well as a few publishing houses too.

All editors have an academic degree in English, Communications, Education, Literature, Journalism, or another study relevant to publishing. Each editor generally uses the industry-standard Chicago Manual of Style to complete their work. But many are also adept within other popular styles, including AP and MLA.

You can expect to have your edited manuscript ready in 6 to 10 business days.

How PortableVoices editing process works

Choose the book editing service you need.

Upload your Word document.

Receive your professionally edited manuscript in 6-10 business days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a book editor?

Yes!

Having your manuscript reviewed by a professional book editor is a rewarding experience. In addition to the improvements to your manuscript, you will also benefit from the feedback on your writing that only a finely tuned professional editor can provide. Writers often comment on the lifelong benefits enjoyed from their very first editing experience. If a writer wants to ensure they are creating an impactful and enjoyable reading experience for their readers, then editing is a no-brainer. Remember nothing is more damaging to your author brand than publishing a book with embarrassing typos and grammatical errors.

Can I speak with my editor?

Sorry, you cannot communicate directly with your editor. Our editing network is designed to be an efficient process. It’s why we’re able to quickly pair your project with a professional editor and deliver an edited manuscript within ten days. But, our editors do provide notes and overall comments. You’ll still receive expert suggestions in addition to professional edits.

How much does book editing cost?

PortableVoices Book editing prices:
Line editing: Ksh. 650 per page
Copy editing: Ksh. 350 per page
Proofreading: Ksh. 200 per page

What is the difference between copy editing and proofreading?

Book proofreading is the vital last step of the editing process. After your manuscript has received its professional edit, your book proofreader will perform a final review to fix any remaining mechanical and grammar issues before your book is printed and published. Proofreading is not a structural edit and instead focuses on eliminating minor errors and inconsistencies.

Copy editing is a basic word-by-word edit that addresses grammar, usage, and consistency issues. Your copyeditor will correct continuity issues in your story and ensure your manuscript is free of technical problems or major loose ends that’ll confuse your readers.

What is the difference between copy editing and line editing?

Copy editing is a basic word-by-word edit that addresses grammar, usage, and consistency issues. Your copyeditor will correct continuity issues in your story and ensure your manuscript is free of technical problems or major loose ends that’ll confuse your readers.

Line editing is an intensive structural edit that focuses on the finer aspects of language—the flow of ideas, transition elements, tone, and style. Your line editor will take a critical look at your manuscript’s writing flow, language usage, character development, and make suggestions that ensure that you’re communicating your story effectively while maintaining your voice.

How do editing services work?

PortableVoices Editing Services are easy to use. Simply follow these steps:

1) Setup your manuscript file to these specifications:

  • English or Spanish language only
  • File Type: Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx)
  • Page Size: 8.5×11″
  • Pages Margins: Set to 1″ on all 4 sides left, right, top and bottom.
  • Font Type: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: 12pt.
  • Line Spacing: Double

How should I setup my manuscript file for editing?

Only a single manuscript file is accepted for editing services. Book cover files are not needed nor are they accepted.

Manuscript specifications:

  • English or Spanish language only
  • File Type: Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx)
  • Page Size: 8.5×11″
  • Pages Margins: Set to 1″ on all 4 sides left, right, top and bottom.
  • Font Type: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: 12pt.
  • Line Spacing: Double

How long will my editing project take?

Editing is inherently a very customized service, so we’re unable to guarantee a turnaround time for these projects. We can, however, give a rough estimate based on the length of your manuscript:

Proofreading Copy Editing Line Editing
< 50 pages < 7 business days < 8 business days 8-10 business days
51-200 pages 7-8 business days 8-10 business days 10-12 business days
201-350 pages 9-11 business days 10-12 business days 12-15 business days
351-500 pages 12-14 business days 12-15 business days 15-17 business days
501+ pages 15+ business days 16+ business days 18+ business days

Can I see a before and after sample?

Do you provide eBook editing services?

Yes, our book editing services and packages include eBooks, too! You can upload your manuscript using the same instructions and expect the same wait times.

Still have questions?

Give us a call and let’s talk about it. (+254)706569493 (Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm EAT)