Editing services offered

The Sydney School of Arts & Humanities (SSOA) is a boutique publishing house with a suite of optional services leading to and including publishing. We work closely with our local community and business community and the City of Sydney. Our office is situated at Millers Point in an historic hall, and our main premise is to encourage clear writing and literary expression.

Publishing and print media in Australia (and globally) are in a state of change and flux. But some things remain the same. We believe in writing and creative expression, the telling of stories, and the joy, reflection and learning that comes from sharing the writing and reading experience.

We provide the tools that make that possible.


Writing is an intense process, but once the work has been produced to first draft or even second draft stage, many writers need a good editor to polish up their work. The editing process includes sentence structure, punctuation check, grammar check, word usage, sorting chapters, sequence and flow of narrative/subject matter etc.

Charges for this service are by the hour, as the level of edit varies greatly from one manuscript to another. $80 per hour on average is the fee, depending on size of document. A list of sample editing rates is available here. Please note that costs vary depending on how much work a manuscript may need. We’re very happy to discuss each author’s requirements on an individual basis, as well as business writing requirements.

Examples of the types of editing you may require here:

editing book through spectacles unsplashSeveral different levels of editing services are offered by Sydney School of Arts & Humanities.  Having your work professionally edited is becoming important if you hope to publish it commercially, as we explain in this article. To give authors a clearer idea of what is involved, we’ve put together a basic table summarising the main types of edit.

There tends to be cross-over between categories, and you may find some terms are used interchangeably as different editors combine different levels when it comes to their own services.

Types of editing

Developmental editing This involves closely working with the author, helping them develop their manuscript from its initial concept. The editor may help with genre, plot, themes and character, and make suggestions based on market analysis.
Substantive editing The editor works to improve a manuscript however necessary, which may include rewriting, restructuring and research, as well as helping with character development, style and voice. Beta readers can also play a helpful role at this stage.
Copy editing Also known as line editing, the copy editor won’t generally address issues of plot or character, or change the voice and tone, but will suggest amendments for better style and clarity as well as correcting errors. Depending on the nature of the book, this may also involve fact-checking and cross-checking references.
Proofreading This is the most basic form of editing: looking for spelling errors and typos, which are now mistakes that Amazon will penalise a manuscript for.

If your work is for private use only (for example friends and family) rather than commercial distribution, we offer a publishing-only service through Family Stories.

Business Writing

Those clients seeking assistance with business writing can find an editing rates chart here.