Being an indie author doesn’t mean having to go it alone.
Editing is a key tool in the publishing arsenal. It can also be a very expensive tool for the indie writer. Spinning a yarn sometimes is a group effort. We can help the budget conscious writer out with a tailored plan as one size never fits all. As a result, there are a few different types of services that offered.
Proofreading: otherwise known as “find and fix my mistakes, please.” The most basic of services correcting spelling, punctuation, and word usage. I’ve had to remind writers in the past that a spell checker will not catch a perfectly spelled mistake. This service is great for writers that have a fairly well tailored piece and just want to give it a final rinse.
Basic Copyediting: aka “take care of my mistakes and make sure it works.” This is more than just a step up from proofreading, this is making sure your work is consistent and flows. Tense and tone are maintained along with clarity. This is simply to iron out the kinks.
Heavy Copyediting: more appropriately “make sure everything works and is accurate.” All the basics of the copyediting with an additional look at facts, statistics, and other information bits to ensure 100% accuracy. Not only are we rinsing and ironing, we are also looking for the holes in need of repair.
Substantive editing: you might be familiar with the term “line editing.” A meticulous go through, making sure everything is as perfect and accurate as possible. The idea is upgrade, tighten, and make sure that things are kept as neat as possible. A line editor is going to notice that your hero started off their adventure with enough food for three days, but five days passed and there was still plenty to spare and ask you “where did the extra food come from?” This is to make sure that your piece is tailored and ready to wear.
Developmental Editing: maybe you might think of this as “I have this idea. It’s mostly written. Something is off. Help!” This is assistance with the writing process as a whole. Making sure that the development and organization of the book, characters, storyline, and the pacing work. All the suggestions will be offered and worked with until, together, you and the editor have completed the story and it is ready for copyediting. You have the design and we create the pattern and suggest the fabrics while you stitch it up.
Ghost Writing: we don’t offer that service. Sorry.
Proofreading: $.01 a word. Most short stories will run $20 to $60. A novel might cost $700. This is a single pass through. If you do any rewrites and want a second look, it will be charged a second time. 1 week turn around
Basic Copyediting: $.021 a word. Most short stories will run $42 to $200. A novel might cost $1470. This is a double pass. Once you have completed any rewrites, it can be resubmitted for another read through at the Proofreading level with a commentary. 1 week turn around for each pass.
Heavy Copyediting: $.027 a word. Most short stories will run $54 to $270. A novel might cost $1890. This is a double pass. Once you have completed any rewrites, it can be resubmitted for another read through at the Proofreading level with a commentary. 2 week turn around on first pass, 1 week for second.
Substantive Editing: $.035 a word. Most short stories will run $70 to $350. A novel might cost $2450. This a double pass. Once you have completed any rewrites, it can be resubmitted for another read through at the Basic Copyediting level. 2 -3 week turn around on first pass, 1 week for second.
Developmental Editing: Because this is a collaborative effort to make your story the best, this is an hourly charge of $60 per hour. This is a multiple pass thorough. Once you have completed the most recent draft, it can be resubmitted through up to three times with commentary each time. A retainer of $500 is required to get started.
We understand indie authors and the need for cost effectiveness. So with that in mind we also offer price packages. All price packages must be taken advantage of at time of submission. Discounts do not stack.
Single pass: Copyediting one and done saves 40%. No proofreading services will be done on that piece.
Lots o’ words: Copyediting can get expensive, here are some breaks. Discount cap is at 80,000 words. Proofreading and Developmental services not included.
- 10,000 words and up = 15% off
- 50,000 words and up = 30% off
- 12941 words for Basic Copyediting x $.021 = $271.76 – 15% = $230
- 71032 words for Substantive Copyediting x $.035 = $2486.12 – 30% = $1740
Take Your Time: If you are not in a hurry, add an additional 7 to 10 days to the turn around time and save 7 to 10%. Not available on Developmental.
I Needed It Yesterday: cutting time down by half increases the cost by 30%. Only available on proofreading and basic copyediting.
Friend Discount: Sending in your third, fourth, or fifth piece for editing? We are flattered and honored. Please have 10% off on us. Valid for all services. Stacks with other services, so long as you don’t need it yesterday.
Old Friend Discount: To honor your long term commitment to our services, anything from your sixth piece and beyond is subject to a 15% discount, and this one stacks with all.
Get an accurate quote by contacting us today. Please include approximate word count and any price packages you might be interested in. Prices are not final until copy is sent over for editing.