Writing & Editing Services

I accept a limited number of clients in need of assistance with their projects.

I started out with the intention of offering affordable services, and I’ve maintained some of the lowest rates in the business.  The Newbie Author’s Guide provides information on standard services and the industry standard rates for 2012.

Copyediting/Proofreading/Basic Editing

Fair Price Range: .004 to .015 per word 

This is the simplest form of editing that goes over the basic things of a manuscript: spelling, punctuation, basic syntax, and basic facts. Most of the time this is the final touch to a manuscript after more heavy edits. Some editors and self publishing companies will include this edit with a higher editing level.

Line/Content/Stylistic/Heavy Editing

Fair price range: .015-.035 per word (sometimes a copyedit is also included)

This is the most commonly used type of editing to help with story and sentence flow, plot holes, and more content related issues, and more involved facts. Since this is a heavier edit it does cost a little bit more than your regular, everyday copyedit. ***In some cases the range can go all the way up to .25 per word….

Substantive/Structural/Publish-Ready/Developmental Editing

Range: .02 up to .075 

This is the heaviest (and most costly) form of editing. It is basically your line/content edit on steroids. The editor will do content and copyedits (sometimes) and (at the higher end of the price range may) actually move, delete, add, or rewrite entire paragraphs, chapters, and sections of the manuscript. It (can be) almost a hybrid of ghostwriting (where someone else write your manuscript for you) and editing. The range for this type of editing is very broad. It can overlap a little with the line edit area to the very expensive. All of this depends on the editor’s price range (and what type of services you want).

My Experience

As a trained and published journalist and a traditionally published author I bring the experience of being edited and editing others to the table. I studied journalism, communication theory and education in college.

I have had several novels traditionally published and worked with agents and translators. I have practical experience with traditionally publishing and first-hand knowledge of the expectations agents and editors have of their authors.

My Services

**Ask me about discounted hourly rates**

Technical Troubleshooting

I offer technical troubleshooting, which is essentially the first option listed here and charge $0.00595, or 0.595 cents per word. This is on the low end of the pricing spectrum.

Manuscript First Aid

This is comparable to the third option, although I do not do the edits or make the changes. Why? In order for a writer to learn, they should go through the revision process themselves. If I do the edits for you, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to complete book two without paying for the same process, so you could pay as much as 9 cents per word and have to pay that all over again when the next book repeats the same mistakes. Ideally, this will be an informative process that will help you avoid similar issues.

  • Are your characters real and compelling?
  • Does the plot maintain internal consistency?
  • Does it lag and drag or skimp on the details needed to enrich the motivations of the characters?

A standard critique reviews the content for overall development of the manuscript and market readiness. Unsure of how to take your manuscript to the next level to get it ready for submission? Have you been making the rounds with editors and agents with no success? This is an ideal service for writers wondering how to take their manuscript to the next level. I charge $0.0125, or 1.25 cents per word. That’s well below standard rates.

Constructive Counseling – General

This involves a developmental edit and Skype conferencing. This is for individuals who know that they need more direct assistance with their manuscript, but intend to do the bulk of the work themselves.See the information here for more details.

Constructive Counseling – Extreme

This involves a developmental edit with ghostwriting to make corrections to the text. It includes Skype conferencing. See the information here for more details.

Story Chef

This is a creative writing course that involves working through the chapters in your manuscript. Topics covered include plot types, character arcs, self-editing, tone, dialogue, setting and more. Email me for more details.


How can I afford to charge this? This is a conscientious choice. I make every effort to keep rates low and reasonable. I also require payment via Paypal before scheduling services. That enables me to avoid pursuing payment and investing time in clients who aren’t serious about the process.

Scheduling Services

Review the information about my services via the links and then contact me about the type(s) of services you may be interested in. It helps me to have the following information so that we can determine what services you need and I can offer an accurate quote for your project.

  1. What type(s) of services do you anticipate needing? (manuscript first aid, technical troubleshooting, ghostwriting, creative writing course, academic tutoring)
  2. Identify your project type. (article(s), essay(s), short story, manuscript)
  3. Are you writing fiction or non-fiction?
  4. If you have a pre-existing draft what is the word count of project?
  5. Do you have a deadline for completion?

Email me at sandraruttanattoesixpress@gmail.com and let me know the answers to the five questions above and any specific questions you may have. I can provide a quote for the project costs, answer your questions and we can determine if we’re ready to proceed.

More Information About My Experience

Why should you hire me? I had my first newspaper column at the age of 13 and went on to study journalism, communication theory and special education in college. My work experience has included tutoring or providing editing services to over 900 clients on a variety of projects ranging from college essays to articles to manuscripts.

I’ve also had numerous articles, short stories, interviews, reviews and manuscripts published. Although I have done some self-publishing, I have an agent and have had four novels traditionally published and available in bookstores. Two of my novels were translated into Japanese.

Why does this matter to you? I’ve worked as an editor and as a writer. I’ve been on both sides of the equation, so I understand the challenges that writers face and the focus the editors have. I’ve also worked with professional content editors, copy editors, line editors and typesetters as a writer, so I understand what their roles are and where they fit into publishing. When I work with a writer on a manuscript or as a tutor I provide first-hand information from the publishing world and can explain the process of publication, the pros and cons of finding an agent and how to develop an effective query letter.

What type of feedback have I received from clients?

I’ve had many compliments.

From Jose:

I never do this, but you have been so much help I really wanted to thank you so much! I really appreciate all the dedication you have given my work. I will start working on these suggestions. I just feel like I really needed to thank you personally. You are awesome!

From Bernice:

Thank you so much for your feedback, I will definitely consider all your advice.

From Victoria:

Thank you very much for all of the feedback and careful review. This was a very hard project to write and I wanted to do my very best in doing so. I believe this topic touches a lot of lives and I do agree that most people don’t want to openly share their experiences. For me I know I am selective about who I share my past with because I don’t want people to view me differently. Also I know that some people simply won’t understand my past. But again thank you very much for all the help.

From Krystal:

Thank you so much for your time and for really helping me!!!! You do not know how much I appreciated it! All tutors should be like you… (I) recommend you.

From Jean:

Aloha Sandra,

I would like to thank you for a very helpful critique and guide on my work. You are the best! Thank You.

From Mitch:

I have been struggling with this for months and you just put your finger right on the problem and solved it. Thank you!

See my bio page for more information about me. Also, note the following short list of some shout-outs and interviews and check out the FAQ page for more information:

James Oswald

Julia Buckley

Jeff VanderMeer

Peter Rozovsky

Out of the Gutter

The Rap Sheet

Jess Lourey

Lesa’s Book Critiques

Declan Burke

Bouchercon 2008