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Four Eyes Are Better Than Two


Our book editors can provide you with a thorough and professional extra pair of eyes. Regardless of how many times you read over your own work, errors will be hiding and lying in wait ready for a reader to pounce on them. Regardless of the size of these errors, big or small, your brain, and most definitely your eyes will not let you know they are there. That's what we are here for. Editing is, after all, an essential part of the writing process. 


Sample Edit


Interested in a sample edit to see if you like our work or to see what your editing needs are? Only $50 for the first TWO chapters — up to 5000 words. 

To secure a full edit, we require all new clients to book a sample edit. This is to ensure edits are completed in a timely manner, in addition to your editor being aware of your manuscript's needs. It will also allow you to budget appropriately, so there are no unexpected surprises. 
(Once contracted, $50 will be deducted from the total invoice, so you will not be paying twice for previous words edited.)


Your Book, Your Rules

Our editors are very aware of the bond you have with your work. Because of this, the choice of service is ultimately yours. You have the control! Our service is to support you and your book.


Once we have been contracted, and the first edits have been completed, by request, we can happily provide you with two files: one color-coded using Word's tracking feature, and the other will be a "clean" copy with all changes incorporated. This allows you to view all editorial changes with ease.


Pre-editing & Post-editing Beta Reading


We are fortunate to be able to offer a beta reading service to our clients. At Hot Tree Editing, we have a team of beta readers who will support you and your dreams. Our team of beta readers are all avid readers with an impressive combined level of experience at beta reading. These wonderful individuals offer their post-edit beta reading service for FREE, alongside a line and content edit, and only accept the read of your manuscript, our gratitude, and a little bit of love as payment. They're also grateful for a shout-out every now and then, too! This service is available upon request only. Be sure to allow extra time in your schedule if you would like to take advantage of this service.


If you are interested in a pre-edit beta reading service--annotated scripts using track changes with comments, plus a Hot Tree Editing beta report (completed by betas based on character and plot development, discrepancies, and overall readability)--then we offer this service too! Please just contact us for more information.

$60.00 (manuscript up to 100k words) | $80.00 (manuscript 100k - 179k) | $140 (manuscript 180k +) Discounts for 3 or more betas available. 


Your dream awaits you.


Proofreading includes checking your spelling, grammar, punctuation, and subject-verb agreement. This is an excellent resource for proficient writers who just need an extra set of eyes. (Prices based on books of 5k words or more. Contact us for the flat rate for manuscripts <5k words)

        $0.009 per word

E.g. 60,000 word proofread - US$540.00


Line and copy editing includes checking spelling, grammar, punctuation, consistency, and appropriateness of verb tenses, transitional phrasing, and continuity/flow of thoughts.* (Prices based on books of 5k words or more. Contact us for the flat rate for manuscripts <5k words)

       $0.012 per word

E.g. 60,000 line & copy edit - US$720.00



Content editing includes line editing PLUS sentence re-writes when necessary. This editing includes reviewing the plot/character elements for consistency in your novel.* (Prices based on books of 5k words or more. Contact us for the flat rate for manuscripts <5k words)

       $0.015 per word

E.g. 60,000 content edit - US$900.00

Hot Tree Editing's charges are approximately 50% less than the Editorial Freelance Association (EFA) median rate range.

Dated: August 2021

No hidden charges 


We aim to quote you accurately based on your actual word count and the first three chapters. (See 8.1 8.2 Service Agreement). When a full word count has been provided, we'll provide you with a per-manuscript rate, so you'll know upfront exactly how much your project will cost. (conditions apply)


The cost of your proofread or edit will depend on your needs and your book. 


To secure an editing date, a **refundable $100 deposit will be needed, and your author contract needs to be signed. The deposit will be credited toward the amount due for your full edit. All prices are inclusive of Australian GST.


Book Critiquing is an additional service we provide. Our comprehensive book critique is a detailed document that summarises your editor's opinions on and recommendations for the book within certain areas: usually genre, audience, title, writing style, characterization, setting, plot, structure and readiness for publication.

  • $0.012 per word  


Extensive Editing is necessary for authors whose work may contain moderate to extensive problems with grammar, punctuation, point-of-view, tense, dialogue, narrative tone, and/or sentence structure and clarity. An extensive edit will also benefit those writing in English as a second language. 

  • No greater than $0.038 per word 


* A content edit (Service 3) includes content support and feedback plus copy and line support. It also includes a final-eyes' reader post edit. The final-eyes read-through is something we add on for free to assist in clearing up any discrepancies which may still be evident. This service is also included with a copy and line edit (Sevice 2). You may choose to also request a post-edit beta.


While a content editor and copy and line editor will look at the basics of spelling, grammar, and punctuation, the service does not include a final proofread by a professional editor. This is an additional service, so please be aware of that when planning and securing an edit.


Proofreading is the process of examining the final draft of a document or text — after it has been edited — to ensure there are no errors. A proofreader will review for spelling errors, punctuation errors, grammar, typos, etc.


For proofreading, it is always recommended clients hire an experienced freelancer with the ability to find even the smallest grammatical errors that others might normally dismiss. Approximately 50% of our clients do this while others choose to rely on family and friends.


(Prices based on books of 5k words or more. Please contact us for pricing for <5k words)


**The deposit is forfeit if less than two weeks' cancellation is given. HTE is then free to schedule another edit in your slot when possible.


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