|Book Editing - (Fiction Only, Currently)
You've written your first draft of the next DaVinci
Code and you've read it through four times. Now you think it's ready
for prime time, ready to be put out there for the masses to come
screaming for your novel with fists full with money. But a week after
it's up for sale on Amazon, a friend calls you to tell you that he's
found several spelling errors and two open-ended quotes. And he's only
in chapter 5. The next day, your boss's wife emails you with news
of a plot problem where your protagonist claims to have graduated from
Stanford in Palos Verdes, California! Uh-oh. Maybe you should've
waited until a professional editor examined your work before you debuted
it to the world.
Did you avoid a pro free-lance editor because of the
cost? I mean, after all, it's only your future writing career that's at
stake, so why spend the bucks? Um ... so far you've likely spent nothing
to put your book up on Amazon's Kindle eBooks. Hmmm, maybe it's time to
perfect your 80,000 page sci-fi, number one best seller by running it
past people who edit books for a living. Bear in mind that our charge
for editing is a nominal $3 per page. Many editing services charge much more, and
let's face a known fact: every agency and book publisher you might
approach regarding representing your book expects you to have had
your work professionally edited. And they can spot, in a Star Wars
second, when that step has been left out.
You've written 200 manuscript pages, say. Figuring on
$3 per page of double-spaced, 12-point, type, that will cost you $600*. But now
your book is truly ready for those NY agents and the uber book
publishers. All that remains is for someone up there to like your story,
because you've got the rest covered. The confidence that you've done your due
diligence, and that your book is not going to be a grammatical and
typographical embarrassment, will give you peace of mind beyond
Remember that old golf saying: Drive for show, putt
for dough? Here's the writer's version: Write for show, edit for dough.
The big difference? Heck, anybody should be able to putt.
* See our Pricing Page
for page requirements and details.
|We ask that you send us only your book's
first continuous 50 pages. This
evaluation is free, no money required, but if your work is accepted,
those 50 pages will be billed at $3.00 per page just like all the other
pages sent to us for editing. We just want
to take a look to see if the work warrants editing by being generally in
workable shape. Taking your money for reviewing a work that is woefully
in need of much more than editing would be stealing, in our opinion. We
vet incoming writing, and only go forward with work that is truly ready
for an editor.
Our refusal to accept a written work, based on those
first 50 pages, means that the submission needs much more polish before we can put in our editorial efforts to bring it to a
professional-looking piece. Sometimes we see writing that's in very poor
shape, and, frankly, has no chance to succeed in its submitted
condition. Our suggestion to this new writer would be: Study more about
the craft and re-submit.
The vetting process costs nothing. We do it at our
expense so no one's time and money gets wasted.