Sylvie Alvarez
Editorial Services

Services and Rates

Level 1:  Basic Copy Editing

This service identifies and corrects mistakes to the following:
  • Spelling errors
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Verb tenses
  • Subject/verb agreement
  • Typographical errors
Note:  No changes are made to improve reading comprehension with this basic service.

Level 2:  Heavy Copy Editing (without comments/suggestions)

This service includes everything in Basic Copy Editing, plus the following:
  • Adherence to GPO, CSE/CBE, AP, APA, or MLA style manuals
  • Clarity and consistency of style, tone, and concepts
  • Paragraph structure
  • Sentence structure (i.e. run-on sentences and fragments)
  • Word choice (repetition, rhythm)
  • Overall structure
  • Edits are made to improve reading comprehension.

Level 3:  Substantive Editing
 (complete editing WITH comments/suggestions)

This complete service combines the basic and heavy copy editing services, as well as including detailed and objective feedback on how to further improve your document.  With this service, you receive an overall analysis of your document, plus inline comments that address the following:
  • Appropriateness of style in relation to audience
  • Strengths and weaknesses 
  • Lack of information
  • Where work needs to be more developed
  • Reasons for why we made changes
  • Points of confusion
  • Edits are made to improve reading comprehension (with feedback on why changes were made)

Technical Editing

Technical editing is a specialized service for research reports, scientific and technical publications, clinical research protocols, learning materials and user manuals, web content and many other articles on scientific, research or technical subjects. This service is for material that needs to be edited to produce technical publications best suited for their targeted audience.

Additional Services:


The proofreading service compares the latest stage of  a project to earlier stages of the project to ensure proper changes were made. Text is checked for the following, prior to submission for printing:
  • typographical errors
  • Errors with type setting
  • Errors with page format

Formatting/Desktop Publishing

The client provides the text and then I will create a design, lay out the pages, format the text, add illustrations, and create the final product.  Many newsletters, brochures, and other short publications are created this way.


Rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors.  I base my rates on 250 words per page, which is the industry standard for a manuscript page.  Below, you will find my standard hourly rates, categorized by services:

 Type of Work Estimated Pace Hourly Fees
Level 1 - Basic Copy Editing 5-10 manuscript (ms) pages per hour  $40/hour
Level 2 - Heavy Copy Editing 2-5 ms pages per hour   $45/hour
Level 3 - Substantive Editing 1-5 ms pages per hour  $50/hour
Technical Editing Please refer to Levels 1-3  Rate above plus $10/hour
Proofreading 9-13 ms pages per hour  $35/hour
Formatting/Desktop Publishing 2-7 ms pages per hour  $40/hour

If you would like to ask a question or request a quote, please go to the contact me page or e-mail me at  For more information on rates, please see the Editorial Freelancers Association's list of Editorial Rates.

Intellectual Property

I respect your need to safeguard your intellectual property via confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement.

*Referral Bonus*  

If you refer a new client to me, I will credit your account with an amount equal to ten percent of how much the referred client pays me.  You can then apply this credit toward the fees for your next submission.  All you need to do is ask the new client you are referring to mention your name in the "referred by" section on the "Request a Quote" form.

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