Melissa Mayntz: Freelance Writer and Proofreader



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Editing Rates:

Base rate of $.70 per printed manuscript page in basic format (10-12 point standard font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins).

Unique and nonfiction project rates may vary. Final pricing will be discussed upon initial, no-obligation review; $30 minimum if project progresses.

Author responsible for all printing and shipping charges.

Melissa is very thorough, proficient and easy to work with. She works within tight deadlines and is always responsive to our needs.

She has the ability to catch things and after she edits our books, they are always much improved.

I highly recommend Melissa.
- Kelly Tanabe, SuperCollege


      Melissa Mayntz offers creative editing and proofreading for both fiction and nonficton manuscripts and other projects. Her attention to detail and committment to quality is no different while editing than while writing, and her services include:


Fiction Manuscripts:
  • Proofreading for grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax, and layout.
  • Notations of plot and content inconsistencies.
  • Suggestions for clarifications and expansions where appropriate.
  • Summary notes offering suggestions for refinements.
  • Post-editing consultations to clarify notations and comments.

Nonfiction Manuscripts:
  • Proofreading for grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax, and layout.
  • Notations of content and format inconsistencies.
  • Suggestions for clarifications where appropriate.
  • Summary notes describing large scale problems or inconsistencies.
  • Post-editing consultations to clarify notations and comments.
  • Edits flagged in copy for easy review.

      Melissa uses a "fresh eyes" perspective of editing that gives her work the natural flow of a reader's experience without usurping the author's authentic voice. Authors must provide printed copy of the work to be edited; galley proofs or printed pages are acceptable. Turnaround time varies; priority projects can be arranged for an additional fee.

      Melissa has edited fiction manuscripts including mystery, fantasy, science fiction, romance, thriller, and young adult works. Her nonfiction experience includes biographies, instructional manuals, directories, how-to books, and more. For a complete listing of her editing experience, see her full resume.


I've worked with Melissa for over five years and I find her skills invaluable. She's timely and offers spot-on creative suggestions. Highly recommend.
- Katherine Mardesich, Grove Creek Publishing


For more information about editing services or to arrange
a free initial consultation and quote, please email.


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