Paper Tigers Editing & Formatting

Paper Tigers is the editing and formatting side of my business. I’ve been doing both for several years now as a part of Magical Ink Media. At the moment, I only offer copy editing, proofreading, and formatting.


The tasks involved in copy editing include checking written material for grammar, spelling, style, and punctuation issues before it’s prepared for proofreading. A copy editor may also do a rewrite, if necessary, to fix any problems with transitions, wordiness, jargon, and to ensure the style of the piece fits with the publication. This work is known as revision. (Definition from Grammarly.)

Sample edit (2-5 pages): free.

Flash and short story rate (under 10,000 words): $1/page

Above 10,000 words: $2/page

Above 80,000 words: $3/page


When the material is nearly a finished product, meaning it has been edited, laid out, and designed, the proofreader searches for typographical errors. The proofreader works with a facsimile of a finished product, or a proof (hence the term proofreading). Proofreaders don’t suggest major changes to the text; rather, they look for minor text and formatting errors and confirm the material is ready for publication.(Definition from Grammarly.)

Novels, short stories, other fiction: $1/page

Newsletters, pamphlets, flyers: $5 flat rate


$10/hour flat rate for print.

$5/hour flat rate for ebook.

Formatting is better, I find, as an hourly rate, because everyone has varying degrees of manuscript readiness/design needs. The less complicated your design, the faster I can format, and the cheaper it is. (For an example, it takes me about 8 hours of work to format a relatively simple, 20,000 word novella.)

Also, please note that at this time, I can only work part-time 3-4 days a week, so please don’t send me a novella or short story expecting a one- or two-day turnaround time. Thanks! 🙂

If you’re interested, please send me an email at skribblegurl [@]gmail[.]com. (Remove the brackets.) In the email (no attachments), please include:

  • The type of project you would like to hire me for (copy editing, proofreading, or formatting)
  • Whether the project is fiction or nonfiction
  • The word count of the project
  • If fiction, what genre the project is (I outright refuse to edit erotica.)
  • A sample for editing if you would like to see an example of my work

I will get back to you as soon as possible with my reply.