Whether you intend to self-publish your book or submit it to an agent or publisher for consideration, your final draft should be professionally edited. This essential step will help to ensure that your manuscript is publication-ready and will make a favorable impression on those who read it.
A competent editor will not rewrite your work or change your voice or writing style; rather, he or she will focus on improving grammar and flow, reporting plot and character deficiencies, and correcting punctuation, spelling errors, and other typos. Your editor also will ensure that your manuscript adheres to modern style guidelines; typically, for fiction, Chicago Manual of Style.
Working as your editor, I will use my many years of experience to make your writing shine. I’ve worked as a senior editor, managing editor, writing instructor, and publishing consultant, and I have written and published 25 books, including a grammar bestsellers and two self-help/inspirational bestsellers. Browse my resume for details. My work is guaranteed, and I will provide you with a publication-ready final draft. My current rates and a brief definition of each service I offer are provided below:
• Proofreading: $0.007 per word
• Copy editing: $0.015 per word
• Line editing: from $0.02 per word
Proofreading involves a careful review of your manuscript to correct misspelled and missing words, punctuation errors, and typos. This step is essential before you self-publish or submit your work to an agent or publisher.
Copy editing involves correcting grammatical errors, making light revisions to enhance clarity and flow, and enforcing consistent style throughout, using your choice of Chicago Manual of Style or AP Style. I will perform two rounds of editing, and a third pass to proofread, giving you a professionally edited and publication-ready manuscript.
Line editing focuses on improving grammar, style, structure, and word choice. It includes copy editing and proofreading, as described above. I will make at least three editing passes, and a final pass to proofread.
In addition, I offer post-editing services to help self-published authors produce books of high quality and to help you navigate interaction with Amazon and other bookstores, which can be confusing and time-consuming.
Book Formatting: I will convert your edited manuscript to any standard file format: MOBI (Amazon Kindle), PDF (Amazon paperback), EPUB (Barnes & Noble, iStore, Google Play, etc.), or Enhanced PDF (for Ingram, a worldwide distributor to bookstores and libraries). My rate is $2.50 per thousand words for books to 60,000 words; and $2.00 per 1,000 words for books over 90,000 words. I offer a 50% discount if you purchase more than one format on the same work order. Books with advanced layout requirements (photos, charts, etc.) are quoted on a per-job basis, depending on the complexity and time required for the project.
Managed Uploads: I will create an account for you on Amazon (if you don’t already have one), or any other online bookstore, and I will upload your formatted book file and cover. I will oversee the review process and advise you of any revisions needed to meet the vendor’s specifications. I charge $50.00 per formatted edition for this service.
Consulting: If you have questions or need assistance with copyright filings, self-publishing, marketing, or related issues, my consulting fee is $25.00 per half-hour.
If I can help with editing or publishing your book, please contact me.
Here are a few of the talented authors and great reads I have edited recently with feedback on my work from the authors. Click on a book cover to read a sample chapter of the published book on Amazon, and click on the authors’ photos to explore other books they have written.