I can help you with your book or other written material at any level, from simple proofreading to complex reorganization and content editing.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT FOR REVIEW
Authors often send me partial manuscripts and/or they have not followed my formatting guidelines. So before you contact me, please read the following:
1. Make certain you have said everything you want to say. In other words, your book is finished.
2. Your manuscript should be in one electronic file and saved as a .doc or .docx file.
3. Use double-spacing.
4. Use one-inch margins all around.
5. Do a final spell-check
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PREFACE AND AN INTRODUCTION
Traditionally, in a preface the author writes about their personal experience. Why did they write the book?
An introduction serves the purpose of telling readers what the book is about and what they can hope to learn from it.
If you are experiencing difficulties writing your preface or introduction, I can help.
A foreword is usually written by someone who is knowledgeable in the subject matter of your book (usually non-fiction).
WHAT YOUR EDITING WILL COST
Proofreading and basic copy editing: $30 / hour
Complex copy editing with some content editing: $35 / hour
Extensive content editing, rewriting, and reorganization: $45 / hour
Medical and Technical Editing: $45 / hour
Consulting: $45 / hour
Writing book prefaces, introductions, marketing materials, and website copy:
$45 / hour
Manuscript Analysis $200 – $400 (depending on length)
I will provide a brief sample edit, when appropriate, and approximate cost estimate.
I use tracking when doing basic copy editing. However, if there is significant editing, rewriting, and moving sections of text around, tracking is not useful to the author.
A 50% deposit is expected at the beginning of a project, with the balance due upon completion. If a project is expected cost less than $500, no deposit will be required.
I do not use contracts, but I will sign one if an author requests it.
I am also willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if necessary.
Thank you for reviewing these guidelines!