types of editing

Developmental Editing


Are you worried your story doesn’t hit all the milestones or the plot arcs? Is there sufficient conflict and resolution? Do you have plot holes? Are your characters well-rounded and engaging? Does the story start and end well? Does the middle sag or become boring? If these questions are gnawing away at you, then you need a developmental edit.


This type of editing addresses the overall content and structure of your book. It includes plotline, story arcs, consistency, flow, structure, readability and overall clarity of the topic/genre. This may involve the movement of paragraphs or whole portions of the manuscript, including areas to delete or add to. There will be no direct input into the manuscript itself, rather comments and suggestions are made within the margins of the manuscript. You will also receive a corresponding report which covers all issues encountered.

Content Editing

Does your manuscript flow? Is it easy to read? Does it engage readers? Have you nailed your characters? Is your language consistent? Do you switch points of view? Does your story have that ‘wow’ factor? If not, you need a content edit.


This type of editing is generally very heavy and its sole purpose is to enhance readability. Often, the manuscript will contain lots of red lines. I have a particular talent for content editing, and can add depth and quality to your manuscript by writing/editing where needed, in your voice. This is a skill set that only 10% of editors have. Not only will your manuscript shine, but it will also have enhanced readability.


Content editing involves addressing grammar, syntax, voice, flow, tense, point of view, consistency with wording/characters, and overall writing structure. It can involve direct editing into the manuscript itself line by line as well as adding notes in the margins to add paragraphs, delete paragraphs, or move sentences and portions of the manuscript around.

Copy Editing

This type of editing does not cover flow, tense, point of view, and consistency with characters as content editing does above, but rather addresses accuracy of the manuscript in relation to spelling, use of grammar and punctuation, vocabulary and incorrect word usage. This does not come with bells and whistles like content editing, but it is a crucial service that shouldn’t be missed.



 Editing fees are charged out per word, and are based on the manuscript submitted at the time of edit (not the final word count after the editing round has been completed). The fees outlined by Cutting Edge Studio applies to the first round of editing. If you require more than one round of edits, then please enquire as the fees vary based on what type of additional editing round(s) you require.


But of course you would like to have an idea of what you can expect.

50.000 words approx. $825

60.000 words approx. $975

So that's only about 1,63 cents per word!



Timeframes are variable as they are dependent on the length of your manuscript, the amount of editing required, the type of editing service you require, and your place in the queue.




Sample Edits


In order to work out if we’re a good fit, I offer a sample edit of up to 500 words, free of charge. This is because editing is a very personal choice and comes down to the best ‘fit’ for your manuscript, writing style, and requirements. If you’re interested in conducting a sample edit, please submit a 5,000 word sample to my email address so I can ascertain your style and flow before I edit the first 500 words.


Every author needs it, yet self-editing a book is almost impossible to do. Even bestselling authors would never dream of attempting it. Your book is your baby. You simply won’t see or find every mistake. And you are an author, not an editor. Those are two vastly different things. And even editors that are also writers make sure another editor will go over their book. Hiring an experienced book editor is often the best investment you can make for your book, and your writing career. Book editors do more than make sure your I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed. They ensure your writing is fluid and poignant.


Trusting Cutting Edge Studio with your manuscript might seem like a big commitment, but so is writing the book. The best way to make sure your writing is perfectly polished before it’s in print, is to invest in editing services from a company you can trust. 

our editors

corina douglas

I’ve been an avid reader, writer, and editor for as long as I can remember. Birthdays and Christmas money was always spent on accumulating my growing pile of precious paperbacks, and any spare moment not spent playing sport was dedicated to reading about adventures or writing my own. Fast-forward quite a few years and I’m now a self-published author and accredited editor who offers a range of editing services for indie authors in both US and UK English.

As an author, I completely understand the process of going from the messy, first draft to the final, published manuscript. There is no denying that it is scary submitting your book baby to an editor (no matter whether it is your first or not), but it doesn’t need to be—not if you’ve done your homework and found the right editor for your needs. A professional edit can be an exciting process that both the author and the editor enjoy. Given there is a lot of trust involved, it is vitally important to find the editor that best suits your style and your voice. So, that said, I encourage you to contact me for a free sample edit to work out if we’ll be a perfect match.

developmental editing - content editing - copy editing

alia marie

An author’s story is a significant work of art, an art that needs to be cultivated and crafted to perfection. 


I am here to help you construct your flawless masterpiece, no matter what form of editing you need! With affordable prices, you can receive the most immaculate story you can imagine in a timely manner without your wallet begging you to stop. 


If I have yet to convince you, I also offer a free 500-word sample edit so you know exactly what I can do for you. All you have to do is shoot me a quick sample of your creative gem so I can chisel it to perfection! 60,000 and under word documents are completed in 30 days or less so you can publish your work and release it to the world. That’s a big job and I’m here to make it easier. 


My inbox is always open so I’m here whenever you need me.

developmental editing - content editing - copy editing

susan michaud

Hello! My name is Susan Michaud. I live in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, USA, and am a lover of people, nature, and words. As a blogger, a copy editor, and a certified proofreader, my passion is to help authors deliver their best to their readers.

I understand how hard it is to wear the many hats necessary to publish. However, publishing a book with typos and misspelled or misused words will harm your credibility and yank your reader out of your message. Allow me to save you time and embarrassment by proofreading or copy editing your project. I am trained and certified with a keen eye for details and mistakes either missed or made during the editing process. Your audience deserves your best and will appreciate your attention to detail.

copy editing

robin reed

Robin has been passionately in love with the written word ever since teaching herself to read at the age of four. This love expanded to include writing as soon as she could pick up a pencil. When she eventually discovered editing, she knew that she had found her dream career.


Robin believes that an author’s most important asset is their original writing voice, and her goal is to preserve and amplify that voice by removing obstacles such as grammar and punctuation problems, lack of clarity, and weak structure. She is committed to helping authors publish their work with the highest possible quality.

developmental editing - content editing - copy editing