Editing Services

At Word Vagabond we offer  editing services at affordable rates, so you can publish your story without breaking the bank. Our editors, Alexis Arendt and Suzanne Lahna, offer the benefit of years of education and professional editing experience.  Our most recent work includes editing for authors Naomi Clark, R.E. Butler, Kelly Walker, Leeland Artra, Scott Marlowe, and award-winning YA Science Fiction author Cidney Swanson.

Because the Word Vagabond mission is to support independent and small-press authors, we have priced our services competitively to make them more affordable to the average author.   Portfolios, references, and sample edits are available upon request.  Please e-mail Alexis at wordvagabond@gmail.com  or Suzanne at suelahna@gmail.com for more information.

Services and Packages

Beta/Developmental Editing, $0.008/word: Beta editing is usually done on a first or second draft, and involves an analysis of plot, character, style, exposition, and other critical story elements.  This includes a follow-up by e-mail, instant messenger, or Skype.  Recommended for new authors.

Line Editing, $0.009/word:  Line editing is done on a second or later draft, and consists of detailed, line-by-line editing for sentence structure, continuity, dialogue flow, and other issues that do not require major story changes.  Includes a follow-up by e-mail, instant messenger, or Skype.

Proofreading, $0.008/word:  Proofreading is done on a final draft just before publication, and consists of line-by-line correction of spelling, grammar, and minor sentence structure issues.  Includes follow-up by e-mail.

Line Edit and Proofread, $0.015/word:  A combination of the above steps in one, to completely prepare a final-stage manuscript for publication.  Can also be separated into two stages according to the author’s preference.  Includes follow-up by e-mail.

Comprehensive Editing Package, $0.022/word:  Includes beta editing, line editing, and proofreading on up to six drafts of a manuscript.  Follow-up by e-mail, instant messenger, or Skype at each stage.


Word Vagabond accepts SquareCash (preferred), Paypal, or check/money order.  Payment can either be made in full at the start of the project, or split into two payments at the project’s beginning and end, with the exception of the Comprehensive Editing Package.

Due to the possibility of a large shift in word count between the beta and line edit stages, the full fee for the Comprehensive Editing Package will be calculated based on the word count at the line edit stage of the project. This package requires a $50 deposit, with the remainder of the fee (less the deposit) due upon completion.

Additional payment plans are available for larger manuscripts and long-term projects. We are happy to make a custom payment plan that fits your needs, so you can afford to have your book edited professionally, published responsibly.

Late Fees

A $25 late fee will be added for any manuscript received after noon on the agreed-upon start date.