Not sure what your manuscript needs? Our editors will read your entire book. They'll write a short evaluation and make recommendations for where you should go next.
This is a great value, and you can even use the evaluation as an endorsement on your back cover.
A coach or development editor starts working in the early stage of the book, helping to bring concepts into focus, identifying potential readers, and analyzing the competition.
This is the one of the most important stages where the author identifies his or her unique contribution to the book world, their social platform and the book’s likely audience.
Think of a development editor more as a consultant rather than someone who delves heavily into your writing style or the creative process.
To apply for book coaching, we'll need to see as much of the manuscript as you have finished.
A coach will then contact you regarding your concerns and needs. $200 per 10K words
A COPY EDITOR corrects grammar, spelling, jargon, terminology, and punctuation. She also ensures the writing flows well and may suggest cutting sections that go on too long or don’t move the story forward. If a section is getting dragged down by technical information, she may suggest putting it in a shaded box, called a sidebar. Here’s an example of what you might see:
I’m thinking of putting the patient’s daily vitamin regimen into a sidebar for easier reference. Right now, it’s slowing down the pace of the chapter.
I’ve switched out the medical jargon for simpler words to make this more accessible. Please check for accuracy.
A copy editor ensures that your writing is "clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent”—what’s often called the “Five Cs.” And she’ll also check for consistent style, whether it adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style or the Associated Press Stylebook.
Often, a copy editor is hired to shorten copy so that it fits a word count. Finally, a copy editor will suggest headlines, subheads, pull-out quotations and sidebars. A well-polished manuscript can be edited at 5 to 10 pages an hour, while a more raw manuscript can take as long as an hour per page.
$250 – $350 per 10K words
A LINE EDITOR looks more at the big picture of the manuscript, such as reasoning, consistency, arguments, evidence, and the overall organization of the book. You can expect numerous questions with suggested changes, such as:
You mention teens have died from consuming energy drinks. To protect yourself legally, be sure to add evidence (preferably of successful lawsuits) and credible sources.
In your argument on taxing “wealth,” you’ll need to clarify whether you meant the sum total value of a person’s assets or their “net wealth” — the value of assets minus debt. Also, how would you tax property held outside of the United States?
The line editor editor will leave the finer details for the copy editor to clean up.
$350 – $500 per 10k words
Proofreading is the last step in the editorial cycle. Hire a proofreader for a book that’s already been fact-checked and copy-edited. A proofreader will correct spelling, punctuation and grammar and double-check easily accessible facts, such as the spelling of a city or country name.
$200 per 10K words
We also offer fact-checking and indexing services. Contact us for more information.
Ghostwriters work with an author to help write the author’s manuscript. Ghostwriters come in all stripes, and the level of work depends on the author’s needs. An author may come with a simple outline, and it’s up to the ghostwriter to do the research and the vast majority of the writing.
To apply for ghostwriting, we'll need to see a paragraph or two about what you have in mind. A writer will then contact you regarding your story, the time-line and your publishing goals.