Editing and Proofreading

I've worked for over twenty years as an editor and proofreader for books (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), magazines, and businesses. A true lover of the written word, there's little I enjoy more (other than maybe a nice glass of Merlot or a Starbucks peppermint mocha) than polishing stories—both fiction and non-fiction—to make them the best they can be.

Copy Editing ($.013/word)

  • Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.
  • Incorrect word usage.
  • Unnecessary words.
  • Incorrect use of vocabulary, sayings, and figures of speech.
  • Consistent spelling, hyphenation, numerals, and capitalization.
  • Ambiguous or incorrect statements.
  • Repetitions of words and phrases.
  • Problems with parallel structure.
  • Basic fact checking.
My goal is to ensure is to improve your book and make it stronger and error free, while maintaining you unique style and voice.

Substantive  Editing ($.016/word)

Need help crafting your story?  I will look at everything that is included in a copy edit, but with an eye toward the bigger picture.  I will include notes regarding character development, style, consistency, transitions, sentence structure, paragraph reorganization, chapter ending strength, plot hole fixes, plot credibility, pacing, continuity and overall feel.

Proofreading ($.006/word)

This is the most basic level of checking, and is the final stage before publication. I will check for errors in spelling, punctuation,  and capitalization, as well as watch for missing or duplicate words, and check for basic grammar mistakes or factual errors. Proofreading is not a replacement for editing, but the final polish to make sure your book is as good as it can be, and fix any glaring mistakes that have slipped through.


Patricia Keelyn - Author of Becca and the Beast

I discovered Deborah while I was working as the Managing Editor for a local Publisher.  She was a freelance line and copy editor with impeccable credentials. Since then, I’ve hired Deborah to work on a variety of my own projects as a copy editor or proofer.  She is thorough, efficient, and professional and has become my go-to editor when I want something done quickly and correctly.


John Louis Thomas - Author of Internet Search Box!

Polgarus Studio is a diamond in the rough. I’m in the US, and I certainly didn’t expect to find my best help in Tasmania, Australia. However, when I read the author testimonials, reviewed the rates, and finally experienced their services, future projects are in good hands. Marina is the coordinator who directs the team and her people are excellent. I worked with Deborah, Jessica, and finally Jason. All are first-rate professionals. My manuscript went to them for editing, then proofreading, and finally for formatting. I’m happy. I owe them a big tip when I become famous.

Joseph Jianwu Liu  - Author of Mandarin Chinese Pronunciation Crashing

I've just finished going through the editing you made. What I can say is that you did an excellent job, especially the comments and suggestions you gave me, which have definitely improved the quality of my book.

72 RAISINS: A novel about fame, delusion, and indecent exposure by [Nash, Nikki]
Paris, Adrift: Book 3 (The Juliana series) by [Writer, Vanda]