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Mechanical Editing


Professional Mechanical Editing concentrates on the mechanics of your manuscript, including correcting errors in spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and tense consistency.


Unfortunately, with virtually every other firm worldwide, it increases your publishing costs by $1,000 to $3,000. That expense forces many authors to fore go it and publish an inferior book.


As an accomplished author at Publish Wholesale, you'll receive a much lower rate—an average of just $390 per edited manuscript—produced by editors who have decades of experience and are experts in our rigorous version of the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style.


Our Mechanical Editing is much more than proofreading; we provide comprehensive manuscript review to ensure your draft's structural consistency and accuracy in 18 different editing categories. You can read details of what is provided at Mechanical Level Editing Specifications. (Please note: This is not substantive editing, such as recommending or changing style, changing content or content order for story clarity purposes, cross-checking references, etc. We can do a substantive editing evaluation of your work, however, if you like.)


5,000-Word Money-Back Guarantee! At Publish Wholesale, we also edit the first 5,000 words of your manuscript, if you wish, so you can see what Mechanical Editing is and isn't. After your approval, we then complete the editing of your entire manuscript. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the work, we'll return 100% of your money, no questions asked. (Please note: Never in the history of our company or parent company has an author ever asked for their money back on this! That should give you an idea of the quality of this service.)



Mechanical Level Editing Specifications

Our Mechanical Editing goes far beyond proofreading. Our comprehensive manuscript coverage includes detailed editing for structural continuity and accuracy based on 18 different categories:


Spelling errors:


  • Basic spelling errors
  • Errors involving similar spelling or sound alike:


  • "there," "their," and "they're"
  • "affect" and "effect"
  • "two," "too," and "two"
  • "it's" and "its"


  • Errors in both singular and plural possessives


Punctuation errors:


  • Hyphenations
  • Commas
  • Semicolons
  • Colons
  • En dashes and em dashes
  • Quotation mark
  • Apostrophes


Grammar errors:


  • Subject and verb usage
  • Tense problems: Do you find yourself lost in time rereading your manuscript, or spending extraneous hours discussing with your editors or test readers about the time line of your story? Our editors only know too well how contentious tense issues could be, and advise you earliest how best to deal with them.
  • Plural and singular problems
  • Basic word, sentence, and paragraph syntax
  • Run-on sentences and sentence fragments


Changes in word choice:


  • Overused words
  • Clearer word choices
  • Pointing out offensive words


What it does not include and What we will not do:

  • Suggest improvements to enhance the content
  • Add or delete sections of manuscript
  • Reorder material
  • Check formatting of references cited
  • Identify inconsistencies or contradictions within the text
  • Make changes in plot, concept, or character definition
  • Characterization details
  • Basically change the content, flow, or author's writing style in any manner.


Substantive Editing

Substantive Editing focuses on the organization and presentation of the existing content. The substantive editor may make wholesale revisions to sections of the work. They may rewrite sections of the manuscript, improving text line by line. An editor doing substantive editing may rephrase a section of the manuscript for smoothness. He may rewrite or guide the author in rewriting to eliminate ambiguity. He may bring attention to text that raises issues but does not address them. He may reorganize whole portions of the work. He may point out any statements that seem incorrect.