Editing Services

Acorn added editing services to its suite in 2020. To celebrate, special 2020 Editing Rates are in effect that are discounted from standards set by the industry. We do this to encourage new clients to join the family and acknowledge that our own skill set is growing.

Please contact Jayme directly for questions about rates and how we can work with your budget. To learn more about industry ranges, visit the Editorial Freelancers Association.

A sample edits up to 1,000 words is provided upon request. 

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing is the Big Picture review of your manuscript. This thorough read of a polished first draft provides an in depth look at all the elements of your writing. 


Fiction edits dive deep into elements such as character arcs, pacing, dialogue and voice. Non-fiction developmental editing dig into areas of structure, flow and context. 

Developmental editing can be applied to your whole manuscript or segments. Acorn provides a comprehensive developmental edit summary upon completion, with concrete and specific areas of strength and improvement.

EFA Standards: $46-50/hour (fiction)

Acorn 2020 Rate: $40/hour

EFA Standards: $51-60/hour (nonfiction)

Acorn 2020 Rate: $45/hour

Line Editing

A quality line editor helps your voice find clarity and ease that appears effortless to the end reader. Line by line, Acorn will help you hone your own personal writing style through word choice, syntax, sentence structure and the use of imagery and emotion.

As the developmental edit focuses on big picture, the line edit brings it down closer to tighten the text. Is the pacing logical? Does it flow? Does your syntax contribute to or detract from the reader's experience?

EFA Standards: $46-50/hour

Acorn 2020 Rate: $40/hour

Copy Editing

Copy editing is the tune-up of the words, punctuation and structure of the writing itself. A copy edit is when Acorn checks in on basics including: spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, word use, basic facts, inconsistencies within tense or points of view.

The embarrassing stuff you simply don't want to miss. Acorn provides a critical set of experienced eyes on the work focusing on the details, with perfection as the goal.

EFA Standards: $36-40/hour (fiction)

Acorn 2020 Rate: $30/hour

EFA Standards: $41-45/hour (nonfiction)

Acorn 2020 Rate: $35/hour

Website Copy Editing

Strong web content is a must for businesses, nonprofits and professionals. Web copy editing encompasses the proofreading of the text and a critical examination of the readability of your pages. Are they approachable to your defined audience? Repetitive or fresh? Dynamic in content or stale? Are there areas that need work or others that deserve center stage?

EFA Standards: $46-50/hour

Acorn 2020 Rate: $40/hour


It's time to press send to the publisher, agent or journal. But is it really ready? 

Proofreading is the final edit for any and all errors that remain in the text, not just within the copy, but also in the version prepared for print. Widows and orphans? Weird line breaks or inconsistent page numbers? This is the stage for catching these pesky distractions to the reader.

EFA Standards: $31-35/hour (fiction)

Acorn 2020 Rate: $25/hour

EFA Standards: $36-40/hour (nonfiction)

Acorn 2020 Rate: $30/hour

Academic Editing

Acorn provides support to academics and students at various levels of study. Whether it is a thesis defense or a term paper, Acorn can provide a fresh set of eyes and critical perspective on the effectiveness of the writing.

Areas of expertise include: nonprofit management, health law, law and policy, psychology, mental health, humanities, and basic sciences.

EFA Standards: Range depends on project

Acorn 2020 Rate: $35

Standards & Strengths

Chicago Manual of Style

APA Publication Manual

AP Style

Microsoft Word (in-line edits), Power Point, Publisher, 

Adobe Acrobat, In Design