Other Editorial Services
Online for Authors is a new site which will help build and engage your audience. They will have video interviews with authors and editors and others involved in the book world. They will also offer discounts for services listed on their site.
Julie Gilbert Blurbs and Book Descriptions
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.
Proofreading, copy editing
Kelsey Hutton Freelance Editing.
copy editing, proofing, stylish content
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 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
(A.P. did the covers for my Calliope Series, he’s very professional and talented.)
I have experience creating 160+ eye-catching book covers. Below is a sample of my most recent commissions. Please select one of the covers below to view the cover in its entirety (front, spine, back). Please also note I do not create erotic book covers.
I can create your book cover using images and/or illustrations you provide, or can seek them out myself. While I try to use free stock photos, sometimes a photo needs to be purchased. Cost of photo(s) will be added to the price below. Each book cover creation gets you the full cover made to your printer’s specifications as well as eBook cover sizing catered to the eBook outlets you choose.
Regarding the process and possible revisions, here is how a cover is typically created:
– You provide me with a description or sketch of what you’d like. If you’re not sure and wish to leave it in my hands, we can bat ideas back and forth a couple of times. I will also need from you the cover’s trim size, the book’s final page count, and the name of the printer you are using.
– I will get back to you with a loose mockup for approval. This mockup in no way indicates the quality of the final cover. It is simply a layout of the agreed-upon elements to ensure I am on the right track to providing you with what you want. The mockup stage comes with one revision.
– Once the mockup is approved, I get to work creating the cover with all the bells and whistles. Once this is complete, I will then submit it to you for your approval. This is the final stage to voice any suggestions. The final cover stage comes with one revision.
– Once the cover is approved, I will give the cover a final review to ensure it is printer-ready. After, I will create the necessary eBook cover files, if requested. Please note your approval of the cover confirms you are happy with it and my work is done. Should you wish for revisions after the fact, these can be done for an additional fee.
– The cover is then sent to you via email and you submit it to whichever outlets you are using for printing and/or eBook distribution.
Each cover costs $275US or $350CAN, with half payable upon agreement and the remainder due before delivery of the finished files.
Payment via PayPal, certified check or money order are acceptable. Other payment options can be discussed. You will be provided with an invoice for your tax records.
Your cover will be scheduled into my current timetable. Book covers typically take about a week from start to finish, though it might take longer if unforeseen circumstances like illness or emergencies arise. Please allow the necessary time for the cover creation process into your deadline.
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.