After we decide that we are the right fit for each other, you send me your finished manuscript as a Word file. I use Word's track changes function to suggest deletions, insertions, and improvements. I add notes in the text to explain why I suggested a revision or to raise questions. I also check for accuracy. For example, if you write that the Magna Carta was signed in 1216, expect to hear about it from me. In a friendly way, of course.
When I send the edited version back, you decide whether to accept or reject the proposed changes. I include a separate written report that covers the manuscript's strengths and weaknesses and commentary on clarity, style, development, and flow.
The Chicago Manual of Style, the industry standard, guides my editing unless you specify a different style book.
The biggest factors are the condition of your manuscript and commitments I have made to other writers. Generally, it is a faster process than you might expect.
If you will allow me a preliminary look at the manuscript, I can give you an estimate.
I provide free sample edits of a small portion of your book to help you decide.