Jessica West, Freelance Editor
Area of Expertise: Line Editing

What is a line edit?

via NY Book Editors

A line edit addresses the creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level. But the purpose of a line edit is not to comb your manuscript for errors – rather, a line edit focuses on the way you use language to communicate your story to the reader. Is your language clear, fluid, and pleasurable to read? Does it convey a sense of atmosphere, emotion, and tone? Do the words you’ve chosen convey a precise meaning, or are you using broad generalizations and clichés?


A line edit takes place after developmental and structural edits, but before copy edits and proofreading.


$40 per 8 manuscript pages (2,000 words)

Also available for developmental, structural, and copy editing as well as proofreading. Please contact me for a quote or to request a free assessment.

Email me at to request a free one-chapter assessment. Please include the following:
• your legal name;
• your pseudonym, if applicable;
• and the manuscript’s working title and estimated final word count.

Send your manuscript in its entirety as an attachment in .doc or .docx file format.

Please double-space your manuscript and use Times New Roman 12 pt. font.