Sample SERVICE AGREEMENT #0000
This letter serves as an editorial services agreement between Anita Bunkley (service provider) and ________ (Client) for editorial services on __________ (title of manuscript).
Anita Bunkley agrees to provide the Client:
- Comprehensive assessment of story concept, including suggested revisions.
- Evaluation of story structure, format, and plot points.
- Assessment of characterizations, point of view, dialogue, and setting.
- Assessment of use of research material.
- Line editing for consistency of word usage, syntax, style, and tone.
- Proofreading for typographical errors, punctuation, missing words, grammatical errors.
The author will receive:
- A red-lined Manuscript that has been edited with visible Track-Changes in Microsoft Office Word.
- A complete copy edited manuscript via email within a timeframe determined by the size of the ms. and the amount of editing required.
- An editorial review letter addressing items listed above.
The Client agrees to:
-Submit the Manuscript as a text document (.docx) with a word count of ____ words.
- Submit the Manuscript as a double-spaced, 12 point font document- prefer Times New Roman.
- Submit a Manuscript to which s/he has contractual, legal, and/or proprietary rights.
- Pay fifty percent (50%) of the Fee set forth below upon submission of the ms.
- Pay all balances due within five (5) business days of receipt of final invoice.
Upon payment of the balance, the ms. is returned to the author with Visible Track-Changes/show all markup so that the author can see the edits and complete the revisions on the manuscript.
There will be No Disclosure of any information related to the manuscript in written, verbal, or electronic form to any source. The author retains all rights to the material.
No portion of the review letter or editorial notes may be used for promotional or endorsement purposes.
No attribution of editorial service is to be stated within the publication or any website without the consent of Anita Bunkley
The Editorial Service Fee for ____________________________ (Title of work) is $______________.
The service fee is based on information provided by the Client before a complete review of the document.
If the Manuscript contains more pages/words than previously stated, or requires substantially intensive editing, the amount is subject to change.
Note: ** One (1) follow-up read-through after the client’s input of the editorial changes and revision is available for an additional fee, determined by page count. The return document must be received within 60 days of the client’s receipt of the original edited manuscript in order to qualify for a second read-through. If the word count of the return document has increased by more than 5,000 words, additional charges will be assessed.
All fees are payable via PayPal (www.paypal.com) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not send the entire manuscript or pay the deposit prior to my review of a sample and your receipt of a contract.
Invoices are sent under separate email.
No contract signature is required. Payment of the appropriate fee and submission of the manuscript infer acceptance of this contract
Print out a copy for your records.
Before submitting your manuscript please go through it carefully to prepare it for the editorial review. Do not send a first draft or a rough draft. Your manuscript should be as polished as you can make it.
Add a title page to the manuscript that contains, title of the work, author’s name, contact info for the author, and word count.
1. Please clear out any visible track changes and comments from previous edits.
2. Use both Spell Check and Grammar Check on your document to search for errors before you submit the document. There should be no misspelled words in a manuscript.
3. Double spacing between sentences is standard. However, many authors choose to single space. Please standardize the spacing throughout the manuscript. I will not alter your spacing.
4. Review all dialogue to make sure it is in the proper format. Here is an example:
“May I come in? I see you are busy,” Betty asked, looking around her manager’s office.
“Sure, have a seat. How can I help you today?” Jim replied, rising to his feet.
5. Put characters’ thoughts in italics, not quotes.
Example: This is a beautiful place, Tina thought.
6. Put the titles of books, songs, movies, videos, magazines, etc., in italics, not quotation marks.
Example: She was reading The New York Times.
7. Format chapter and page breaks to make them consistent.
Any additional work that is contracted after the final payment is done at the rate of $50 per hour.