Services & Pricing

Good Comma's FOUR DEGREES of Editing


1ST DEGREE: Proof & Publish

Price per word*: 11¢          LOWER THIS RATE: Keep your editor on call with a retainer. View rates.

You know you're good. In fact, you’re pro enough to know that you'd be crazy not to get a fresh pair of eyes to prove you right. Choose the 1ST DEGREE:

  • Mechanics check: eliminates confusing and/or embarrassing punctuation, spelling, and grammatical errors

  • Sense test: catches awkward phrasing that worked fine at the office but may confuse readers unfamiliar with your subject

  • Format standardization: ensures uniformity of font sizes, styles, and variants

 

2ND DEGREE: Clear Up & Clean Out

Price per word*: 25¢          LOWER THIS RATE: Keep your editor on call with a retainer. View rates.

You're close.  With a burst of critical creativity from the outside and some help "killing your darlings" (as Mark Twain described editing), your writing will be worthy of your message.  Take the 2ND DEGREE:

  • Includes the 1ST DEGREE

  • Simplifies wordiness

  • Eliminates redundancy

  • Fortifies transitions

  • Reorganizes where necessary

 

3RD DEGREE: Rework & Refuel

Price per word*: 65¢          LOWER THIS RATE: Keep your editor on call with a retainer. View rates.

You’re a soldier. Unfortunately, your prose thinks you’re the enemy. It’s sluggish, vague, or overworked—but at least it has you quoting T.S. Eliot (“It is impossible to say just what I mean!”). Surrender all your drafts. It’s time for the 3RD DEGREE:

  • Includes the 1ST & 2ND DEGREES

  • Substantially rewrites your document, drawing from existing attempts 

  • Explores new avenues for expression and organization

  • Drafts original language as needed

  • Optional: Conference(s) via Google Hangouts, phone, or in person to generate feedback during production

 

4TH DEGREE: Good Comma Kamikaze

Price per word*: 90¢          LOWER THIS RATE: Keep your editor on call with a retainer. View rates.

Good Comma can get you closer to the “god wind” (kamikaze) than you ever dreamed.  When you’re all passion and vision but no message, you need the 4TH DEGREE:

  • Includes the 1ST, 2ND & 3RD DEGREES

  • Crafts, drafts, revises, and refines your message through the writing process

  • Client interviewed to help editor acquire a deep sense of your organization's mission and vision

  • Conference(s) as needed via Google Hangouts, phone, or in person to generate feedback during production

Additional Services 

Add any or all of these services to enhance your message and professional face even further!

Go BULLETPROOF

Price per word*: 5¢          LOWER THIS RATE: Keep your editor on call with a retainer. View rates.

  • Eliminate the risk of a middle-man (an employee, colleague, or even you) introducing errors between Good Comma’s white copy and the product you actually display to the public.
  • Immediately before your precious document posts or hits the printers, Good Comma will perform an additional scan of a document previously edited by Good Comma. If you like, we’ll even log into your system and make on-the-spot changes.

Editor's CUT (enhanced digital markup)

Price per word*: 7¢          LOWER THIS RATE: Keep your editor on call with a retainer. View rates.

  • An edit-by-edit ledger contrasting every suggested edit with your original, with notes explaining your editor's markup.

Good Comma SUITE (enhanced digital markup)

Price per word*: 11¢          LOWER THIS RATE: Keep your editor on call with a retainer. View rates.

  • The Editor's Cut plus a concise audio-recorded explanation of how each edit enhances your message.

Format FACELIFT

Price per word*: 30¢          LOWER THIS RATE: Keep your editor on call with a retainer. View rates.

  • The FACELIFT ensures that your pages use space to communicate, not just separate.
  • Add the FACELIFT for resumes, bulletins, programs, brochures, and slides that don't use much language but require meticulous attention to nitty-gritty detail, down to the last pixel.

*Per-word pricing is calculated using the total number of words in the longest version of your document.

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