Need an editor or proofreader? Hire me.

I’ve been a professional writer and editor for nearly two decades. If you have a book manuscript you need edited or proofread, I can assist you. You’ll get a professional copy edit or proofread at a reasonable price. Plus, I tell great jokes if you catch me on the right day. 😉 I may also share virtual coffee, tea, and chocolate, depending on your preferences.

But seriously, if you’ve written something for publication and you need a professional edit or proofread without a lot of hassle and without breaking the proverbial bank, I’m your best choice.

Not sure if you need copy editing or proofreading? Here’s a link that will help you make that determination:

Once you’re clear on what you need, here’s what I charge for services I provide:

Copy editing – $2 per double-spaced page (must adhere to standard ms. format)

Proofreading – $1.50 per double-spaced page (must adhere to standard ms. format)

Coaching sessions for writers (Skype or telephone) – $20 per half-hour session

Professional writing courses – $20 per week and up. Go here for more info:

I DO NOT provide developmental editing services.

I DO NOT provide ghostwriting services.

I am NOT a literary agent.

Anything else I might agree to do for you – Hourly fee – $25 per hour
(Hint: paying a flat fee is easier on your wallet).

Before you contact me, please note:

  • I’m an editor and proofreader, not a ghostwriter. I will NOT rewrite or write your manuscript.
  • I’m not your therapist. I will edit or proofread your manuscript.
  • If I don’t know you well or you’re not a close friend, please do not friend me on Facebook.
  • I do not work for free or for a promised share of royalties.
  • A deposit of half my editing or proofreading fee is expected upfront.
  • You are paying for my time as well as my knowledge and expertise.
  • I work during the week, but not on weekends.
  • Rush jobs are not welcome. I don’t do rush jobs. I often work with more than one client at a time and I won’t cut corners for existing clients to satisfy rush jobs.

I’m a nice, patient person under most circumstances. Do not take advantage of my jocular nature 😉

If you have other questions, drop me a line.

If you think we’ll make a good fit, proceed to the contact form below.

Ready to get started? E-mail me at nocturnaleditor (at) I’ll need no fewer than five pages of your work to determine if I will agree to edit or proofread it. Unfortunately for some people, but fortunately for me, I have minimum standards for manuscripts I will edit or proofread. To get a clue what those standards might be, see this post.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Szeretlek means…

Szeretlek means “I love you” in Hungarian 😉

Paul is German, Hungarian, and…not sure what else until we do his DNA ancestry test (it may be a while, for obvious reasons). Anyway, when we got married, our talented seamstress, Mari, used Hungarian lace in my dress.

It’s also fortunate that I’ve always loved paprika, since it’s used a lot in Hungarian food. Speaking of which, I LOVE Chicken Paprikash and methinks it’s past time to make it again.

But I digress…

I want to take Paul to Europe so he can visit the places where his ancestors came from, including Germany and Hungary. I’ve found records online showing his great grandparents, Janos (John) Krupla and Zsofia(Sophie) Nagy, were in Bremen, Germany, and they immigrated to the US, arriving in New York City.

Paul has very little info on his birth father, but we know his name was Bill Sykes and he was from the Cleveland, OH area. I am hoping a DNA ancestry test will help him fill in some of the gaps like it did for me.

Paul’s birth name was supposed to be Eric Sykes, by the way. Far as I can tell, it’s possible that Sykes can be traced to Yorkshire, England. But as I said, we can’t pin more down in a definitive way until we get his DNA test done — hopefully in the near future.

So, in another world and at another time, I would be Star Ferris and Paul would be Eric Sykes. Those were our intended birth names (my birth mother still calls me Star, not Bev). How weird would it be to know us not as Paul & Bev Sninchak, but Eric & Star Sykes? Wouldn’t that be strange?!