Authors in search of an editor .....
Receive a FREE EDITORIAL REVIEW!
Send me up to 1000 words of your manuscript as an attachment in word format for a
*FREE evaluation with suggested revisions.
Do not send the entire manuscript or pay a deposit prior to my review of a sample and your acceptance as a client.
Email your sample manuscript attachment to me at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the following in your email :
Author's name, contact email, phone # and website url
Title of Book, Genre, Word Count
Pages in Word, double spaced, 12 point font (preferred-Times New Roman)
*Limit of one free editorial evaluation per author without a service contract.
For writers seeking editorial service at an affordable rate. I can help you!
As a multi-published author of historical fiction, romance, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction ...with more than twenty published works to my credit, I am available to help you shape your manuscript into the best possible book.
I am a member of the Texas Institute of Letters (http://texasinstituteofletters.org) and have been published by major publishing houses such as Penguin USA, HarperCollins, Kensington, and Harlequin.
I have also independently published three novels, and understand the challenges that face emerging writers who desire to control their material.
Many of my books have appeared in Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Black Expressions Book Club, and on a variety of best-seller lists in both hardcover and paperback.
With so many years invested in the publishing industry, I understand the challenges that authors face, whether they are seasoned or novice. I have worked with many writers to help them shape their manuscripts for eventual publication.
Contact me - I'd love to be a part of your journey to publication.
I hope that writers will trust me, as their editor, to point out both the strengths and weaknesses of their manuscript in order to target their work toward the appropriate reading audience, while maintaining the writer's unique voice and style.
Throughout the editorial process I promise to provide honest, constructive feedback to help the author create the best possible book, while respecting the writer's point of view, the purpose for the book, and the intent of the work.
I do not accept poetry, technical writing, stream of consciousness, or extreme/fantasy experimental writing.
Full Editorial Service Includes assessment of:
Plot, Point of View, Characterizations
Structure / Format
Use of research material
Typos, missing words
Syntax, style, word usage
Revision suggestions provided
Do not send the entire manuscript or pay the deposit prior to my review of a sample and your acceptance as a client.
Editorial Fees are determined by word count after an assessment of a sample of the manuscript.* Fees start at:
Fewer than 50,000 words - determined by word count
51,000 - 60,000 words - $450.00
61,000 to 70,000 words - $600.00
71,000 to 90,000 words - $700.00
91,000 to 100,000 words - $800.00
101,000 to 120,000 words - $1000.00
Request an estimate on more than 121,000 words
*If it is determined that the manuscript requires intensive editorial service, the fee, as stated above, may increase.
50% OF THE FEE IS PAYABLE UPON SUBMISSION OF THE MANUSCRIPT
A Second read-through after input of editorial revisions is available for an additional charge.
All Payments via PayPal www.paypal.com to email@example.com
The Editorial Service Process
If after reviewing and editing a sample of your work, you are selected as a client, I will send you a service contract that outlines how to submit the manuscript.
You will receive an invoice for the deposit (50% of the fee) from PayPal. You pay the deposit and submit your ms. to me in the format as stated in the contract.
After I edit your manuscript with Visible Track-Changes/show all markup, I send the author an invoice from PayPal for the balance due on the contract.
Upon payment of the balance, I return the ms. to you with Visible Track-Changes/show all markup so that you can see the edits and make revisions on your manuscript. I will also send you a comprehensive assessment, including suggested revisions.
The standard turnaround time is within 30 - 45 business days.
After receipt of the edited manuscript, you do not return the manuscript to me unless you are requesting a second read-through after you have completed the revisions. The fee for a read-through for your ms. will be stated in your contract.
I do not provide book formatting, design, or graphic services. I only work with text.
Prior to Submission of Your Manuscript
If you are accepted as a client, do not submit a manuscript until you have received a contract for service, have received your deposit invoice, and have paid your deposit.
Before submitting your manuscript for editorial services, please go through it carefully to prepare it for the editorial review. Do not send a partial manuscript, a first draft, or a rough draft. First drafts, partials, and rough drafts will be immediately returned to the author and the deposit will be refunded.
Your manuscript should be as polished as you can make it. If I previously edited a sample, the accepted editorial changes/and or suggestions in the sample should be incorporated into the manuscript.
1. Submit the manuscript as a double-spaced, 12 point font, Text Document (.docx) attachment. Remove all photos, graphics, cover art, charts, etc. I only require the manuscript text.
2. Include a cover page that contains the author’s name, title of the work, genre, word count, contact info for the author, and the publishing outlet/objective for the manuscript.
3. Clear out or incorporate any visible editorial marks, changes/comments from previous editors.
4. Use both Spell Check and Grammar Check on your document to search for errors.
5. Indentations for paragraphs and dialogue are standard. Please standardize the spacing/ indentation/format that you prefer throughout the manuscript. I will not alter your spacing.
6. Review all dialogue to make sure it is in the standard/proper format. Proper dialogue format is a MUST KNOW for any writer. A manuscript with incorrectly formatted dialogue will be immediately returned to the author without correction. Please refer to dialogue formatting in your favorite novel or follow these two examples:
Correct: “May I come in? I see you are busy,” she asked... (use a comma, not a period inside the quotation mark, and keep “she” in lower case because this is all one sentence).
Correct: “Sure, have a seat. How can I help you today?”she asked. (the question mark is inside the quotation mark. Use lower case for “she” after the question mark, or an exclamation point, as this in one continuous sentence).
7. Check for a mixture of smart quotes (”) and straight quotes (") in the document. Decide which style you want to use and make the corrections. I do not correct quotation marks.
8. Put characters’ thoughts in italics, not quotes.
Example: This is a beautiful place, Tina thought.
9. Put the titles of books, songs, movies, videos, magazines, etc., in italics, not quotation marks.
Example: She was reading The New York Times.
10. Format the chapter and page breaks as you prefer to make them consistent.
My goal is to help you grow as a writer and assist in your journey as you move your literary project to a successful literary launch!