Have a question about my books, blog, podcast, or editing services? I'd love to hear from you!

I typically respond within 48 hours. If you haven't received a response by then, please resubmit your message.

Alternatively, if you have a manuscript that’s ready to go and you’re looking for a free assessment and sample edit, hop on over to the form on my editing page.

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Macungie, PA 18062

Website of author and professional editor Rachelle M. N. Shaw. Find information about her books, her editing services, and her blog, From Mind to Paper: On Writing and Editing.



Rates and Payment

My rates vary depending on the scope of the project and the current state of the manuscript, but the general ranges for fiction are as follows:

  • Editing sample and manuscript assessment - FREE

  • Manuscript coaching—full editing and critique (includes four stages of and multiple passes) - $0.03 to $0.045 per word

  • Content/developmental editing (up to 2 passes) - $0.019 to $0.025 per word

  • Line editing (up to 2 passes) - $0.014 to $0.021 per word

  • Copyediting plus proofreading (up to 2 passes) -$0.011 to $0.018 per word

I also offer workshops as well as flat rates for short stories and small nonfiction projects such as articles and blog posts. I typically do not accept large nonfiction projects unless they deal with writing craft tips or the process of publication. However, if you have such a project, please feel free to reach out.

My goal is to give you the fairest rate possible. By setting my price per word and offering flat rates, I'm able to give you the total cost up front. No guessing, no time tracking, no unexpected costs. Though the pricing for each project is different, my rates are competitive with many other fiction editors and fall in line with the price estimates given on Reedsy as well as the EFA standard rates. I offer payment plans as well and am happy to work with you according to your budget.

All transactions are currently handled through PayPal for efficiency and security. If you don't have a PayPal account, no worries. Once the invoice is emailed to you, you'll have the option to pay using a credit or debit card. And there are no additional fees for going that route; I cover them so you don't have to.


For an estimated price on a specific project, you can contact me using the form on this site or by submitting your request via Reedsy. You can also email me with any additional questions you may have. Please include a short, two- to three-paragraph summary of the piece you would like edited, the total word count, and which editing services you're looking for. It’s also helpful for me to know your past publishing experience and any prior editing services your book may have received. I typically respond within 48 hours. If you haven't heard back by then, please resend your query.

In my response, I'll go over what I think the best options might be based on the scope of your project. I'll then ask you to send a small portion of your manuscript so that I can provide a free editing sample and assessment. For fiction pieces, the assessment includes overall thoughts about characters, plot, structure of the narrative, general style and flow of the prose, the grammatical state of the piece, and overall quality of the content. For nonfiction pieces, the assessment includes readability, how easy the piece is to interpret based on the audience for whom it was written, structure/layout of the content, style of the writing, flow of the prose, and quality.

All edits and comments are tracked using the latest version of Microsoft Word. If you don't have access to Microsoft Word or OpenOffice software, edits in another software program, such as Scrivener, Google Docs, etc., are available at slightly higher rates.