An unedited book will have more than typos. There will be errors in grammar, misspellings, and awkward sentences that distract from the story and make reading an unpleasant experience. Editing makes for a better product and something you can be proud of. And the better the product, the more it sells. Editing does not cost, it pays!
Choose A Level of Editing
We offer two types of book edits, mechanical edits and substantive edits. We reserve the right to reject manuscripts deemed inappropriate for a particular level ordered and will advise you of the correct level. It will be your choice to proceed at the recommended level. In other words, if you selected a "mechanical" edit, and our editors see the edit needed as "substantive", you will be told this and it will be your choice to proceed and pay the difference.
Book Editing Options
The editing scope includes grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, abbreviations, and other style rules. The editor uses the Chicago Manual of Style as a guide when conducting the edit. A short sample can be provided for author approval before we proceed with the edit to confirm our objectives.
4 cents a word
Here the scope is broader in that the editor is not only concerned with making the text correct but is also focused on the reader’s experience. Here a mechanical edit is conducted while issues of sentence structure, paragraph structure, continuity and formatting are also addressed.
$300 (under 1500 words)
The editor will conduct a mechanical edit to assure proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, abbreviations, and other style rules. Included in the scope will be a focus on word usage and language that a person one to five years old can understand.
Editing does not cost, it pays!
I often tell writers that you never want to have to apologize for your work. And believe it or not, I have heard authors say things like: “I want you to read my book, but please excuse the typos.” Really? You want me to spend a couple of afternoons reading your book, but you were too lazy or cheap to get your manuscript professionally edited?
An unedited book will have more than typos. There will be errors in grammar, misspellings and awkward sentences that distract from the story and make reading an unpleasant experience. Editing makes for a better product and something you can be proud of. And the better the product, the more it sells.
Some things to consider:
All manuscripts need editing. Do you think the big publishers ever take an author’s manuscript and not have it go through editing? Not a chance!
Writers often cannot see “the forest through the trees”. They need an objective party to assure that the writing is not confusing to a fresh reader.
Book editing is a skill. Your nephew may have a college degree in English, but editing is a craft that
A tight, professionally edited book makes the author look like a pro instead of an amateur.
If you want your work to be considered by traditional publishing house, you should show you care. Caring begins with good writing that has been professionally edited.
You have worked months, or maybe even years, writing your manuscript. With that in mind, why not give your book the greatest opportunity to succeed?