Editing puts a polish on your manuscript. It makes the writing more crisp, clear and concise. A good edit is also about avoiding embarrassment when you are promoting your book and readers comment on all the typos they found. Even the best writers in the world have their manuscripts edited several times.
Editing can be aimed at improving the overall structure and quality of the manuscript, or it can be that extra set of eyes to catch typos and the odd sloppy sentence. There are different types of editing depending on what your manuscript needs including:
- Editorial Evaluations
- Substantive Edit
- Copy Editing
Editorial Evaluation ($500)
An editorial evaluation will help you if you have questions like: Is my manuscript worth publishing? Is it a quality manuscript? Does it need a major overhaul or is it ready for publishing after a basic proofread?
An editorial evaluation entails a professional editor reading your manuscript from start to finish without making any changes. Once they have reviewed your manuscript they will write a short report, often three to ten pages, outlining the strengths and weaknesses and assessing what could be accomplished with further revisions.
Editorial evaluation is $500 for manuscripts up to 75, 000 words and 0.7¢ per additional word thereafter.
Substantive Editing (4.2¢ / word)
A substantive edit includes one round of content editing and one round of copy editing.
A content edit looks at the overall quality of your manuscript and how it can be improved. It will address issues related to pacing, structure, theme and overall effectiveness of the story. For example, is the story engaging and suspenseful? Are the characters well developed? Are there sections that are slow, dry, or duplicating previous sections and can be deleted? Is dialogue or, in the case of nonfiction, are anecdotes used effectively? Is the manuscript structured and ordered in the best possible way?
A copy edit fixes grammatical and spelling errors and cleans up awkward sentence structure.
Our editors have a keen eye for storytelling. They will read through your manuscript and make line by line changes and suggestions on how to improve the story.
The notes are made using the “track-changes” feature of Microsoft Word, which allows you to review the comments and to either accept or reject each change to the manuscript. At the end of the day, you as the author get the final say on every change.
As with any piece of writing, there are opportunities to make it stronger. Sometimes it takes another set of eyes to really find the weak points and patch them up.
Copy Editing (2.2¢ / word)
Copy editing catches any grammar and spelling mistakes, repairs broken syntax and sentence structure, and ensures your manuscript adheres to a clear and consistent style.
Proofreading (1.5¢ / word)
A proofread is a final set of eyes to catch typos and minor grammatical errors that made it through the copy edit. If perfection is important to you, then an extra set of eyes via a copy edit is not enough — you need yet another set of eyes.
A proofread may occur after the design process but before the files are converted into print-ready and ebook formats ready for distribution.