A new service is available. Julie Gilbert, a talented author and a great hand at blurbs is starting a service helping the writing of blurbs and book descriptions. She is also offering a manuscript critique. This isn’t intended to be a full on content edit, but she will read your draft and give substantial comments on how your story works and where you might go with it. Check out her Author Services
As I have said, I’m not a copy editor, but if you are looking for a copy editor I have a couple of people that I use for my work.
Dean C. Moore has worked on three of my four published books. He is an efficient editor and is fussy about the details, which is exactly what you want in a good copy editor. He spends a lot of time making sure my punctuation and the rest is correct and consistent. His prices are as reasonable as mine. Contact him through his web site here: http://deancmoore.com
Sarah Brown is new on the scene, but she too is meticulous with her work and will make your manuscript look good. She is a blend of copy editor and proofreader. She worked on my soon to be released collection of horror stories Sparkles and Blood You can find her here: https://unexploredboundaries.wordpress.com/need-an-editor/
It is also true that not everyone will work well with my style, or will need something faster or focused differently. Here are a couple of fine editors who can help you polish your book.
Gail Williams is another Structural Editor. This is how she describes her services:
I can tell what a good story is, and I can help others make their stories better. I offer competitive rates based on word count and timeframe. Along with detailed comments, questions and suggestions in the edited manuscript, clients get a full critique document giving an overall review of the manuscript. I specialise in crime and science fiction, and my particular penchant is for getting timelines straight, a timeline that doesn’t hold water brings me out in a veritable rash, but don’t worry I can cope with time travel so no fears there. Because I recognise that the relationship between an author and editor is a mutual choice and needs to be natural fit, I am also prepared to offer a free sample edit of up to 3,000 words so that the author can decide if I’m the right editor for them. For general calculations I charge £9/$13 per 1000 words on a four-week turnaround for up to 100k words, anything else (faster time greater word count) just ask.
Contact me if you have questions or a want a quote.
If you want to work with a editor with years of experience and who works with a publishing house, you can’t do better than Penny Freeman.
She works in all kinds of editing but here are the summaries from a couple of editing stages
Publishing companies make use of developmental editors, particularly if they are working with known authors with whom they have contracts for a series of books. These editors help authors formulate their ideas and draw a road map for the direction they want their story to go. At pennyfreeman.com LLC, we have developed highly specialized exercises for authors in their outlining process which give them very clear direction and break up any log jams. In the creation of novels, developmental editors guide the author through the production process until the manuscript goes to print.
A copy editor focuses on the language arts: proper sentence structure, communication skills, language and punctuation. Is the writer getting their point across? Or, are the words getting in the way? If the project were a house, the developmental editor would be the builder who commissioned the structure, the author would be the general contractor, and the copy editor would be the inspector who ensures everything is up to code. The proofreader is that essential, unsung hero who brings up the rear with the broom.
As an author of around 40 published books, as well as the editor and publisher of over 110, I’ve had extensive experience bringing a manuscript to a polished state. My mission with each book I take on is to keep the author’s voice and vision intact, while also making sure there are no grammar or spelling mistakes. I also keep an eye out for continuity and anything else the reader might find jarring. However, my main thing is to side with the creator and do my best to make their story the best it can be.
My rates are affordable and are broken down into the following categories, prices in US funds.
Short stories (1,000 – 7,000 words): 1¢ per word
Novelettes (7,001 – 15,000 words): $120
Novellas (15,001 – 40,000 words): $200
Short novels (40,001 – 60,000): $300
Novels (60,001 – 80,000 words): $375
Blockbusters (80,001 – 120,000): $425
Doorstops (120,000+): inquire for quote
As a comics writer and fan, I’m also available for comic script editing at $1US per page.
As mentioned above, I’ve had experience formatting around 150 books for print and eBook. Your paperback will be prepared to accommodate whomever you’re using as a printer. Your eBook will be formatted three ways: PDF, Kindle, and Smashwords. Once the project is complete, I’ll send you the print/eBook-ready files.
Paperback formatting – $150
eBook formatting – $100
Paperback and eBook formatting bundle – $225
Turn around time varies per project, but it would be within a week or two depending on where you are on the schedule.
Thanks for your interest. I hope we can work together. Please send me an email via the contact page on this site and I’ll promptly get back to you.