Services and Fees

Casco Bay Literary Services handles book manuscripts (both fiction and nonfiction), book proposals, and occasionally other documents like scholarly articles or business reports. We welcome academic editing projects, but we don't ghostwrite books or papers for faculty or students. We also welcome research projects.

We try to keep our rates in line with the rates for book editors and ghostwriters specified by sources like Writer's Market and the Editorial Freelancers Association. We determine rates on a project-by-project basis and are sometimes willing to negotiate. We also offer a discount to clients who use more than one of our services.

Rates for the editing and other services listed below are based on electronic files or hardcopies with standard formatting (double spaced, at least 12-point type, at least 1.25-inch margins on all sides, standard indents for new paragraphs, average per-page word count of 250 words).

Manuscript Evaluation or Critique ($595)

Are you at a point where you can use objective feedback on your book manuscript? A manuscript evaluation by Casco Bay Literary Services could be one of the best investments you make in your book project.

With this economical service, we don’t just provide a short email or phone call. You’ll get a written report of at least 5-7 pages on your book’s strengths and weaknesses and on its marketability. We take great interest in our clients' success and will also try to follow up on your project as it moves through the publishing process, providing occasional email advice for free.

Professional Book Editing

There are several types of editing; we'll determine the most appropriate type in consultation with you. Two of the most important options are developmental editing and copyediting.

Developmental Editing ($10-$50 per page)

Many books require developmental editing or substantive editing, which emphasizes content revision and reorganization to bring a book into line with agents' and publishers' standards and to make it more competitive with similar books. Almost any type of manuscript can benefit from developmental editing; to take a common example, academic authors often rely on it to help organize complex material in scholarly books or textbooks. A developmental edit is ideally done during the writing of the first draft, so the developmental editor can get in on the planning stages of the book. But it's also often carried out at later stages, if a completed version of a manuscript needs major restructuring.

Copyediting or Line Editing ($6-$15 per page)

Almost all books benefit from basic editing--called copyediting and sometimes line editing. This level of editing addresses grammatical and spelling errors as well as other problems like stylistic awkwardness or lack of clarity. Fact-checking isn't usually part of a copyeditor's responsibilities, but a good copyeditor will also be on the lookout for obvious factual errors or inconsistencies.

Major Rewrites ($15,000 and up)

Some projects require actual rewriting, not just editing or critiquing. If you've already written a book but feel it needs an extensive overhaul, we can do the necessary rewriting. Contact us now to discuss the details.


We welcome research projects, including fact-checking projects, and will work with you to define the scope of your project and come up with an appropriate fee.

Other Services

We also offer other services (including some forms of ghostwriting) to fit your needs and budget. If you don't see the editorial service you're looking for listed above, contact us to discuss it.

Payment Options

On most jobs, we require full payment in advance. On lengthy projects like major rewrites, we may work out a payment plan where you give us an initial retainer to get the job started, then pay in monthly installments.

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