Editing Services

"Revision is the heart of writing. Every page I do is done over seven or eight times."

~Patricia Reilly Giff

Developmental editing

Developmental editing helps shape the work, from finding issues with the plot direction to the actual organization of chapters and sections. The editor helps bring a manuscript closer to its final, publishable structure. This type of editing can be an intensive process and may challenge the author to reassess their writing. After developmental editing, a project is ready for the next stage in the writing process, which is copyediting.  At CQ, coaching is often paired with a developmental editing package.


Copyediting involves working closely with the actual language of the text. The editor may point out general errors with the writing, such as inconsistency in verb tenses,and make suggestions regarding word choice and grammar. After a thorough copyedit, the manuscript is ready to move on to the proofreading stage.

Content editing

At CQ, we define content editing as a combination of developmental editing and copyediting. We look for consistency and coherency at the level of the whole, and we pay attention to grammar, syntax, diction, and dialogue throughout.

Proofreading/line editing 

Proofreading is generally considered to be the final step in the editing process. Proofreaders check for technical and stylistic consistency. Like a copyeditor, they point out any remaining grammar, spelling, or punctuation issues within the work. However, they are less concerned with errors in the content of the work, such as word choice and fact checking; it is presumed these issues were caught in earlier rounds of editing.        

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Single Quill Edit + Proofread

4 cents/word $125 minimum

A single quill edit is ideal for writers who know their work needs further revision but don't know where to focus their attention. It includes one round of content editing and suggestions for revision. Finally, a proofread, to make sure your manuscript is publication ready.





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Double Quill Edit + Proofread

6 cents/word $225 minimum

Includes a single quill edit plus a second reading of the manuscript after the writer has completed a post-single-quill round of revision. A final proofread to make sure your manuscript is ready for publication.

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Triple Quill Package + Proofread + Developmental Overview

8 cents/word minimum $375

Start with a creative, developmental overview which provides valuable feedback for the scope and structure of your manuscript. Three rounds of editing with a Cup & Quill expert, then a final proofread to make sure your manuscript is perfect and ready for publication. 

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Manuscript Review

$125 / 5000 words

$10 each additional 1000 words

A Cup and Quill editor will read and offer general comments on a complete manuscript. Comments will focus on macro-level issues such as structure, organization, and plot and character development. The editor will make recommendations for revisions to move the manuscript to the next stage of the writing process. 


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Coaching for Writers

Coaching 4-month engagement $1000

Editing is the final process for writers. However, sometimes you have a great manuscript that isn't ready for editing. Consider coaching if you don't know where to start, or if you are seeking assistance with plot structure, character development, or refining language in general. Coaching is also helpful for writers who find themselves stuck in the middle of a project. We will help you get your project off the ground and moving forward.  We are readers first and we can help your project move along.

Hybrid Coaching & Editing 6-month engagement $3500

Some writers prefer to have their work edited as they work through the writing process. This process includes coaching and the equivalent of a single-quill edit of up to 50,000 words. 

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Coaching for Academic Writers

$500/month or $900/2 months

Dr. Jane Theriault offers academic writing coaching packages for longer-term projects, such as dissertations. Coaching packages are $450/month or $800/2 months. Each package is custom-tailored to the client's needs. Most arrangements involve a back and forth editing process in addition to a supportive, accountability system, and opportunities for consultation with Dr. Theriault throughout  the research and writing process. Email jane@cupandquill.com for more information.


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Ghostwriting is a collaborative effort in which you provide a concept and we write the story. Rates start at .50/word. Request a Quote  

Additional Services 


Coaching for Writers

Custom tailored coaching and coaching/editing packages are available for writers who need support, strategies, and accountability practices to develop effective writing habits and bring their projects to fruition.  Request a Quote


A collaboration. You provide the concept, we write the story. Can include help with book proposals, research, and more. Request a Quote