Editing

Editing Check

What’s included: An editor will assess a random selection of roughly 30 pages of your book to evaluate which level of editing the manuscript needs. If the author chooses to purchase the level of editing suggested, the cost of the editing check is applied to that purchase.

What’s NOT included: The editor will not offer any input on the manuscript outside of what kind of editing it needs.

Turnaround Time: 5 business days

Manuscript Evaluation

What’s included: An editor will read your entire manuscript and provide a summary of the story suitable for back matter, an assessment of what level of editing the manuscript needs, an evaluation of the content and whether it requires any serious reworking, and a suggested demographic to market to.

What’s NOT included: The editor will not provide in-line corrections or any input on how to fix the identified problems with the manuscript.

Turnaround Time: 8 business days

Developmental Editing

What’s included: Applying Chicago Manual of Style, an editor will read your unfinished or first-draft manuscript to assess the content of the book. Edits will be provided as in-line comments. For fiction, the editor will look at plot structure, character development, and pacing. For non-fiction, the editor will look at the organization of the information and whether it is engaging and understandable.

You will also receive a scheduled call with your editor to discuss the edits after you have reviewed them. It is suggested that you make a list of questions regarding the edits before you receive the call.

What’s NOT included: While the editor will point out where content needs improvement and may offer suggestions on how to make it better, they will not write the improved version for you. After an author receives their developmental edits, it is expected that they will rewrite or complete the manuscript. Because of this, no input on spelling, typos, grammar, readability, etc. Is provided. It is recommended that the author have the revised manuscript edited again at one of the higher levels.

Turnaround time: 20 business days

Proofreading

What’s included: Applying Chicago Manual of Style, an editor will check your polished manuscript for typographical errors such as misspelling, misuse of punctuation, or wrong word usage (I.e. should of instead of should have, read instead of real, etc.). This is intended as a last pass for a manuscript that has already been reviewed by others and cleaned as well as the author can manage on their own.

What’s NOT included: Any input on:

  • Proper grammar usage, including subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, etc.
  • Readability, flow, and clarity of language
  • Content such as character development, pacing, plot structure, or organization

Turnaround Time: 15 business days

Copyediting

What’s included: Applying Chicago Manual of Style, an editor will check your manuscript for:

  • Typographical errors such as misspelling, misuse of punctuation, or wrong word usage
  • Proper grammar usage, including subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, etc.
  • Readability, flow, and clarity of language

What’s NOT included: This is intended for manuscripts which have not been previously edited, but for which the author is not interested in input on the content of the book. As such no input will be given on content such as character development, pacing, plot structure, or organization of information.

Turnaround Time: 15 business days

Line Editing

What’s included: Applying Chicago Manual of Style, this level of editing looks at all aspects of the manuscript, including the writing itself and the content it presents. An editor will offer input on your manuscript for:

  • Typographical errors such as misspelling, misuse of punctuation, or wrong word usage
  • Proper grammar usage, including subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, etc.
  • Readability, flow, and clarity of language
  • Content such as character development, pacing, plot structure, or organization
  • A scheduled call with your editor to discuss the edits after you have reviewed them. It is suggested that you make a list of questions regarding the edits before you receive the call.

What’s NOT included: While the editor will point out where content needs improvement and may offer suggestions on how to make it better, they will not write the improved version for you.

Turnaround Time: 20 business days


UPCHARGES: all manuscripts may be subject to upcharges at the discretion of the Senior Editor. If a manuscript is found to have an unusually high number of errors, or is not being submitted at the proper level of editing (I.e. if a manuscript submitted for Proofreading has not been previously edited or even had Spell Check run on it) then it will be assigned a higher cost. You may submit your manuscript to be checked for the appropriate level of editing or the need for any upcharges before purchasing.