Solid editing strengthens the credibility of your work and heightens your opportunities. No reputable editorial service guarantees success; there are too many variables, not the least of which is subjectivity on the part of publishers and readers. So why do you need an editor? The collaborative effort between an editor and author intensifies the creativity process and opens new avenues for thoughtful discussion.
Whether you plan to submit to an agent, publisher or self-publish, you want your manuscript to have the competitive edge over the thousands of others out there. Writing, editing, and revising are equal partners in producing the best possible version of a manuscript, website, blog, or newsletter.
I often hear from businesses and publishers for which I edit online copy and website promotions that they are amazed that I found a typo or a missing picture or link after they had gone over it numerous times. That’s why “two heads are better than one.”
Another frequent error I find is old and revised material in the same document or post. A simple oversight that can be glaring when put out to the world. I know. I’ve made the same mistakes.
The majority of editing categories are the same for fiction and non-fiction. Those unique to nonfiction (NF) are tagged* in the various types of editorial services.
Submissions Requirements: I accept hard copy and electronic submissions. Unsolicited submissions are not opened.
Work must be formatted in Microsoft Word®, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced with first line indent of 0.25, and 1-inch margins. Large manuscripts submitted in other fonts/formats are not accepted.
Smaller manuscripts, picture books, marketing materials, and other items on request are accepted in Adobe Acrobat.
Hard-copy Submissions: Typed, single-sided pages are accepted. Editorial Notes are handwritten on the manuscript and summarized in a written report. Clients are responsible for the payment of all postage costs to and from my office.
Electronic Submissions – Manuscripts may be sent as an e-mail attachment or on a thumb drive. I prefer thumb drives, as it reduces the chance of a virus being transferred to my or your computer. Electronic submissions in MS Word are edited with Microsoft Word® Track Changes unless other arrangements are made prior to initiating work. All changes or suggestions within the document are marked in color for easy recognition. Track Changes allows you to accept or reject suggestions easily in the revision process.
For Adobe Acrobat submissions, the comment tool is used to cite revisions and suggestions along with balloon comments. These tools allow you to accept or reject suggestions easily in your editing process.
Process: The general process to accept book manuscripts for editing and writing includes:
- A telephone consultation to ascertain expectations and explain editing and writing options. A submission of no less than the first 50 pages of lengthy manuscripts may be requested to fully determine the type and extent of work needed. A one time fee of $50 and all mailing costs to and from my office are required.
A second telephone consultation gives feedback on my findings after a review of the pages submitted. If I accept the work and you want to move forward, you receive a price quote based on the type and complexity of the work needed minus the $50 assessment fee. If you agree to fees and submission requirements, I give an estimated completion date. For manuscripts of 75,000 pages or more, a signed agreement (statement of work) is required. This includes the terms for both the author and the editor.
If manuscripts are not accepted, or if the author chooses not to move forward with the project, I return all materials or shred them at the author’s request.
4. On completion of the full edit, you receive a detailed written analysis of the work, including strengths and weaknesses with suggestions for improvement, using industry standards for written fiction and nonfiction work. The Chicago Manual of Style is my touchstone for editing.
Fees: The cost of an editing project depends on many factors—the length of the manuscript and the amount of work required to bring it to industry standards. Fees are based on those standards, calculating the number of pages usually edited in an hour. Fees range from $20.00 – $60.00 an hour based on the complexity, type, and length of the work. will work with your cost constraints and budget when negotiating and will develop a reasonable payment schedule with you.
For manuscripts over 50 pages, 75,000 words, or $100, 50% of the fee is due at the start of the project with the balance due at completion. In special circumstances, I may accept an upfront lower percentage of the fee and monthly payments for the rest. All payments to be made in check, cash, or via pay pal on this site.
Ready to finish your book or project? Not sure what you need? Send me the information below and we’ll work together to figure it out.