FAQs about Vital Wordplay
Editing Services


Can I book a trial consult?

Yes! After sharing a bit about your project to make sure I offer the non-fiction editing, proofreading or writing services you need, I'm happy to set up a free 30-minute consultation. You can click the "Get In Touch" button on any web page to e-mail me, fill out the Contact form below, or reach out on social media at @vitalwordplay.

What are your fees?

As a certified editor, I offer three levels of copy editing to meet your budget and manuscript needs. For a typical-length book (60,000 words) that needs medium editing, a fee of $800-plus is not unusual. A less-involved manuscript review option, or edits of part of a manuscript, is available, as is proofreading of a manuscript that has already been formatted. I also provide fact checking and long-form writing services. Learn more at Services and at Mission & Me

Will content still sound like me?

Whether I review a manuscript's overall structure or provide line-by-line editing, my job is to help your voice shine through. I provide an up-front summary of the broad factors to be addressed in an edit and note any suggested changes that could alter meanings. The content will still remain a reflection of your intelligence, passion, and personality, though I will serve as a guidepost on professional publication standards. Ultimately, my goal is to help you put your best foot forward.


I truly enjoyed working with Barbra. Her attention to detail and suggestions exceeded my expectations. Initially she started by copyediting and proofreading my memoir, but after working through my initial manuscript and seeing its potential, she gave me some recommendations on where we could improve the project. We decided to continue the work and through additional developmental editing we created a new manuscript that vastly improved the book. All I can say is that I’m grateful for her suggestions! I am thankful for her enthusiasm and willingness to immerse herself in the subject of my book. I strongly recommend Barbra!

Roman Castilleja, author of Rowing Home memoir