Are you tired of polite, watered-down feedback that doesn’t do a thing to elevate your work? Brace yourself, because we’re here to shake things up. Welcome to Book Butchers, the home of rigorous, no-nonsense editing that makes good manuscripts great and great manuscripts spectacular. Here’s what we have on offer.

Manuscript Assessment: The Litmus Test for Your Literary Work

Before you dive headlong into revisions, wouldn’t you want to know if you’re heading in the right direction? Our Manuscript Assessment Service is the reality check every manuscript needs. We’ll dissect your work with surgical precision, inspecting plot development, character arcs, thematic consistency – the works.

Expect a detailed, insightful report that uncovers your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses. And yes, we believe in tough love. If something’s not working, we won’t shy away from telling you. Brutal? Maybe. Helpful? Definitely.

This is our “Autopsy” service for $0.01/word. We’ll focus mostly on the structure and organization, but also comment on the writing style. This does not include detailed editing or revision.

However, we also recommend just starting with our “Sudden Death” – which is $297 for the first 5000 words of your book, but goes deeper on the style, purpose and commercial viability of your project.


We’re actually of the opinion that you shouldn’t hire us for mere proofreading. Our basic package, the “Quick Kill”, includes proofreading and some revision, along with tons of highly advanced notes and nitpicky comments so you can learn what to fix and how to fix it. We won’t change everything for you, but we will clean it up and get it ready to publish.

If you *only* want to fix up obvious typos, mistakes and punctuation however, that’s not really the best use of our time or vast expertise; and it’s also not worth paying someone else hundreds of dollars. Grammarly or ProwritingAid are decent options, but there are new AI tools that can fix typos and spelling much faster, and cheaper, than human editors.

To that end, we’ve built a pretty powerful tool that will let you do 1-click revisions to rephrase and rewrite your chapters to make them stronger and more powerful… and it’ll only cost your $25!

Copy Editing: The Microscope for Your Manuscript

Cross your t’s and dot your i’s with our Copy Editing Service. We’re talking punctuation, grammar, syntax, and those pesky typos that can slip past the most vigilant of writers. But we’re not just grammar nerds. We’ll also tighten your prose, eliminate repetition, and ensure your voice remains consistent throughout.

This is where we really get nitpicky. We’re the literary equivalent of Sherlock Holmes, leaving no stone unturned in our quest for linguistic perfection. The “Extra Bloody” level of editing is little deeper than our Quick Kill; we’ll take things slow and focus on major deconstruction and rewrites. After you’ve had some time to go through and make necessary changes, we’ll do a final pass to make sure everything is ready.

We’ll do minor revision and rewriting to fix the style, avoid repetition and redundancy, fix clunky or unnecessarily ornate sentences, anything weird or distracting, so your story can truly shine.

Developmental Editing: The Tough Love Your Manuscript Needs

If your manuscript is a diamond in the rough, our Developmental Editing Service “The Perfect Murder” (.06/word) is the high-intensity pressure that will transform it into a sparkling gem. We’ll roll up our sleeves and delve into the heart of your work, flagging plot holes, character inconsistencies, and structural issues that others might miss.

Our edits may be ruthless, but every strike is designed to chisel your story into its best possible version. We’ll challenge you, push you, but ultimately, we’ll make your manuscript shine.

Editing Costs Estimates

The average book is around 70,000 words:

  • Proofreading – .02 x 70k = $1,400
  • Copy Editing – .04 x 70k = $2,800
  • Developmental – .06 x 70k = $4,200
  • Ghostwriting
    • .12 x 70k = $8400
    • .25 x 70k = $17,500

Your costs will vary depending on the word count of your book.

Mentoring: Your Personal Writing Coach

Do you need someone to guide you through the labyrinth of storytelling? Look no further. Our Mentoring Service provides bespoke, one-on-one coaching that hones your writing skills and refines your craft.

We’ll be the Gandalf to your Frodo, the Dumbledore to your Harry, the—well, you get the point. And don’t worry, we’ll keep the hard truths coming. You might not always like what we have to say, but we promise you’ll value it. Book a coaching call with us.

Book Proposal Service: Your Golden Ticket to Publication

Got an idea that’s guaranteed to dazzle publishers, but not sure how to sell it? Our Book Proposal Service is the answer. We’ll help you craft a persuasive proposal that highlights your concept’s unique selling points and your potential as a writer. This includes the First Chapter Critique and some extra bonuses that are focused on preparing you to land an agent or publisher.

In the cut-throat world of publishing, consider this your secret weapon. We’ll give you the brutally honest feedback you need to make your proposal irresistible to publishers.

Why Choose Us?

At Book Butchers, we believe in honesty, transparency, and the power of tough feedback. We’re not here to sugarcoat our critiques or inflate your ego. We’re here to help you create the best possible version of your manuscript. If you’re looking for an editor who’ll coddle you, we’re probably not the right fit.

But if you’re willing to face some hard truths for the sake of your craft, if you’re ready to see your work in a new light, and if you’re prepared to dig deep and bring your story to life… well, then, you’re in for a treat.

Ready to unleash the true potential of your manuscript? Let’s get started.

PS – we’re the *only* editing services with such a generous refund policy for a reason.