Books & Articles

Humanities First reviews essays, journal articles and book manuscripts for grammar, content and context. As a nonprofit organization, we are able to provide top-notch copy editing, proofreading, and content analysis at a reasonable cost. Our services provide substantial advantages to writers who are preparing manuscripts for submission.

Developmental Editing

We understand that to obtain tenure you need to be published; this is the expectation and is critical for your career. Perhaps you are building your dossier with articles, working on your peer review publications, or trying to obtain more traction and visibility in your field. This is where a complete developmental edit is essential.

During a developmental edit, Chief Editor Michael Needham will provide personal, one-on-one coaching and will work with you on multiple drafts until you’re confident that the piece is ready for submission. He’ll work closely with you to strengthen your argument, achieve a consistent tone and ensure that your work is clear, logical and gratifying to read.

Throughout the process, Michael will provide you with constructive feedback, both in overview reports and line-by-line analyses. One of our associate editors will then provide you with a full proofread and perform complete formatting per your publisher’s preferred style guide.

Single-Round Prose Review

If you are confident in your content but need a second set of eyes to ensure that your work is tonally and thematically sound, Humanities First also offers single-round content and copy review at a discounted rate. At this level of review, Michael will provide writer queries within the document to point out specific areas of concern (personal writing tics, overuse of specific phrases, repetition of ideas, etc.). In addition, one of our associate editors will perform a proofread and application of your preferred style guide.

Our preferred format for all types of edits is MS Word because of its robust track changes functionality, but we can accept manuscripts in other formats. We will follow whichever style manual is required (APA, MLA, CMS or any other manual that you may require).


Because every manuscript is unique, Humanities First evaluates every assignment individually before calculating an exact rate. However, most projects fit into the following price ranges:

Developmental Edit & Proofreading: $.022 – $.026 per word ($22.00 – $26.00 per every 1,000 words)

Single Round Prose Review & Proofreading: $.016 – $.019 per word ($16.00 – $19.00 per every 1,000 words)

The individual rates will vary, depending on the length and scope of the project and your individual needs. All of your work will remain absolutely confidential and we will destroy all files related to your manuscript upon finalization of the project, unless otherwise requested.


If your press provides its own copy editing and you do not require line-by-line proofreading after our content review is complete, we can provide a discounted fee and an accelerated review process.

* Note: Due to heavy demand, we are not currently  accepting new dissertation or book-length projects If you would like to reserve a spot for a future opening, please drop us a line at

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Humanities First provides copy editing, proofreading and content review. If you are an academic scholar or professor who needs to get a book, article, essay or journal manuscript published in order to obtain tenure Contact us today to get a free quote.