Manuscript services

Fee ranges for basic manuscript services are listed below, but if the service you need doesn’t fit within your budget, check with me anyway. I may be able to offer you a different level of help, or I might know of other sources you could check.

And if you have a different type of project in mind, visit Portfolio and Pricing for samples and prices.

Manuscript service packages available

1. Red Carpet Editorial package

If you are willing to pay for a top-of-the-line active editorial role in rewriting and reworking your manuscript, LifeLines can provide it. The Red Carpet Editorial package includes:

  • Checking punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar
  • Replacing words that are used incorrectly
  • Shortening sentences or rewriting them to help with clarity
  • Asking questions about intended meanings
  • Reorganizing sections of material to improve story flow
  • Maintaining your voice throughout the process
  • Emailing you a revised Word document with highlights noting areas that need your further input

Active Red Carpet Editorial cost: $85 per 1,000 words

2. Elegant Editing package

Many people need help simplifying sentences, clarifying wording, or cleaning up sentence construction. For them, I recommend the Elegant Editing Package, which includes:

  • Checking punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar
  • Replacing words that are used incorrectly
  • Shortening sentences where necessary to help with clarity
  • Asking questions about intended meanings
  • Maintaining your voice throughout the process
  • Emailing you a revised Word document

Elegant Editing cost: $50 per 1,000 words

3. Economy With Confidence package

If your writing is fairly polished, but you’d like some fresh eyes to look it over before it goes public, this is the package for you. It’s a basic proofreading service, which includes:

  • Checking punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar
  • Emailing you a corrected Word document

Economy With Confidence cost: $15 per 1,000 words

Next step services

From-Manuscript-to-Book package

Whether or not you use any of the proofing or editing services above, LifeLines can transform your manuscript in a format ready for final printing as a paperback or hardcover book. This package includes:

  • Choosing appropriate fonts for your subject matter
  • Recommending book size and binding
  • Designing page layout and chapter headings
  • Designing a cover
  • Including any illustrations you provide (either as emailed JPEGs or mailed prints that we can scan and save)
  • Emailing you a high-resolution PDF that meets your printer’s specifications (If you don’t have a specific printer in mind, LifeLines can handle the printing for you or make recommendations.)
  • Designing and printing 100 business cards about your book, with a picture of the cover, and your contact information or ordering information

From-Manuscript-to-Book cost: $40 per 1,000 words*

*This cost includes layout only, not proofreading, editing, rewriting, or printing. Some people do not require editorial services but need help turning their manuscript into a print-ready file.

Book samples

I use to print most of my books. To view samples, visit my Lulu storefront.

Other projects

Not interested in books? I can help with other types of writing and layout as well. Brochures, business cards, form letters, fundraising appeals—every business or ministry has a story to tell, a story that’s too important to leave to amateurs. Let me help you share your story in a way that gets the response you want. Here’s more information:


An email indicating acceptance of rates for any particular job will be considered a signed contract.

Fees are payable 50% in advance, balance upon delivery. Any revisions to submitted jobs must be requested within 14 days of receipt of copy.

Payment is due within 30 days of receipt of invoice. Late payments will be subject to interest charges of 10%.


When you let LifeLines help you, you help others! At least 20% of all project income is donated to worthy causes that make the world a better place. Right now we’re supporting ministry at home and abroad: Requip in Chicago’s suburbs, and The Seed Company in Indonesia’s remote villages.

Contact me

You can leave a comment on any one of my blog posts, and I’ll get it. Or email me: [email protected].

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