Editorial


A. Light edit:  This is making the style internally consistent, checking grammar and spelling. £7/$12 per 1000 words.

The completion date will be within four weeks of invoice being paid.

Ai. Proofread: Checking grammar and spelling £5/$8 per 1000 words.

The completion date will be within four weeks of invoice being paid.

 

B. Readers reports (manuscript evaluation):

Option a: For a 500-1,000 word evaluation, £60/$95.

Option b: For a more detailed evaluation of the manuscript, with suggestions for improvement, 3000-5000 words, £300/$485.

 

D. Heavy edit: enforce style manual, check citation accuracy, query writing, rewrite for sense, make appropriate for market, grammar, spelling, file clean-up £12/$19 per 1000 words. 

Typical mistakes that will be corrected by using this service include typos, spelling, grammar, general punctuation, and if appropriate, improving dialogue.

The completion date will be within six weeks of invoice being paid.

 

E. Heavy Edit (as above) with additional writing advice: £18/$30 per 1000 words. 

Sometimes we receive a proposal for a book that is excellent in terms of content but…

1.Has an unacceptably high number of mistakes in the manuscript.

2.Is incorrectly set out throughout or in a large portion or portions of the manuscript.

3.The writing is stilted or unsuitable for the demographic market.

The support provided under a heavy edit with writing advice will include all the items covered by a ‘heavy edit’, plus advice on flow, sentence construction, and referencing. For fiction it may also include advice on dialogue, plot holes and plot structure.

The completion date will be within eight weeks of invoice being paid.

 

F. Structural/developmental edit: £35/$58 per 1000 words. 

Sometimes we receive a proposal for a book which is promising, but requires a great deal of work in order to make it publishable and have a chance of succeeding in the market. If we feel the book has potential, then we will provide a tailored program working one to one with one of our editors who specializes in the market your book is aimed at.

The support provided under this program includes all that is covered by a “Heavy Edit With Writing Advice”, plus the editor will work closely with you to assist in structuring your information correctly and in a clear fashion, including the use of footnotes, bibliography and referencing, and to ensure the text is reader friendly and accessible. Also included is a general tidy-up.

If your book is fiction you will be offered advice on dialogue and characterization, including the use of plot devices such as backstory, flashback and internal dialogue/thoughts.

The editor will send you revised structural ideas and then one chapter at a time, annotated with comments, observations and advice.

The completion date will be between six months from payment of invoice, dependent on the author’s other commitments and the length of the book.

 

G. Rewriting/ghostwriting: on request, starting from £80/$132 per 1000 words. More on this service below. 

Fiction

This provides one to one tutoring with one of our editors who specializes in your genre. Your editor will work closely with you to provide all the support covered under a structural/developmental edit plus offering advice on description and creating a sense of place, together with, importantly, ensuring that you are using “show” and not “tell”.

Initially you will be required to produce an outline of your plot, chapter by chapter (no more than a quarter of a double spaced page per chapter). You will also be required to produce a character profile for your main character(s), no more than half a double spaced page per character.

Non-Fiction

This will provide the same overall support as “Complete rewrite” (fiction) as well as specific assistance in defining what the book is about, what market it is aimed at, and how to present your introduction to enable the reader to see what they will gain from reading your book at a quick glance. Your editor will provide advice, if applicable, on improving the interactive qualities of your book with the addition of exercises and examples where you might include these, and improve the relevance of any already included.

Initially you will be required to produce an outline of your intended book, chapter by chapter (no more than one double spaced page per chapter).

Fiction and Non-Fiction

You will be asked to submit your work to your editor one chapter at a time. You will receive feedback on this by weekly email. Occasionally you may be offered a rewrite of a certain passage. Seeing a model of a different approach can be helpful.

The completion date will be between six to nine months from payment of invoice, dependent on the author’s other commitments and the length of the book.

Ghostwriting

If you have a great idea for a story or have the knowledge and hands-on experience of a subject(s),    but, for whatever reason, feel you will be unable to devote the time, or perhaps lack the experience, to bring this to fruition, then we could be the answer to your dilemma.

Authors Services will pair you with an editor specializing in your genre/subject.

Initially you will be required to produce an outline of your plot, chapter by chapter (no more than one double spaced page per chapter.) You will also be required to produce a character profile for your main character(s), no more than half a double spaced page per character.

Your editor will contact you by email after they have read your outline and character profile with an estimated word count. At this point they will raise any questions pertaining to the above that they may have. Your editor will next email you with the work they have carried out, one chapter at a time, and you will be asked to comment on this. Work on the next chapter will not commence until the editor receives your feedback on the chapter submitted.

Assuming that you have been prompt in turning around the chapters sent to you, the completion date will be between six to twelve months from payment of invoice.