For your convenience, our most common client questions are answered right here. Not finding what you want? Reach out directly through our Contact Three Muses page.

Q: How much will my project cost?

A: One thing is true for sure—a good editor has to see a project before she can provide an accurate quote. You don’t have to submit the entire project—a 1,000-word sample, along with an approximate total word count, is adequate for us to assemble a quote. In most cases, we will also return a sample edit, as we believe it’s critically important for you to know what to expect of your editor’s work. Through the sample, you’ll get a feel for the editorial process and for the skills and capabilities we provide.

We promise to respond promptly to every quote request.

Q: There seem to be a lot of different terms for editing, including developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading. What do all these terms mean, and does Three Muses provide all these services?

Does Three Muses perform assessments of unpublished books? Do you review query letters to publishers, to make sure they’re ideally positioned to get a book published?

A: We do—all of the above!

As for what they all mean, we could bore you with our own definitions of each, but we think the good folks at Reedsy have nailed them:

Developmental editing

Copy editing


Editorial assessment

Query letter review

We’d like to add that the terms developmental editing and content editing are synonymous and distinct from copy editing, which attends to the mechanics of grammar and spelling.