I Love Being a Book Editor
Thank you for considering me for the treasured role of being your book editor, designer, and publishing partner. I love editing and designing books to perfection, and I especially enjoy the collaborative process of working closely with my authors to make their books the best they can be. Many authors have told me that I’m the best editor they’ve ever worked with, and several have given me repeat business.
Because of my extensive experience as an editor — 12 years and more than 350 books — I have the unique ability to catch small errors while solving big-picture problems such as plot holes and weak character development. I am naturally intuitive at understanding what an author is struggling to say. I maintain regular email contact with my authors so that they’re always in agreement with my edits and never left in the dark. Authors often tell me that my notes spark new ideas and help them determine exactly how to improve troublesome sections of their books. I enjoy working with authors to help their characters, their dialogue, and the entire story come alive.
Free Sample Edit
If I am interested in editing your manuscript, I will need to see the entire manuscript to determine the needs of the writing. I will choose a section of about 1,500 words to edit as a free sample using the track changes feature in Microsoft Word to show my work.
Editing Fee and Installment Payments
My experience has taught me that a per-word rate is the most equitable to the author and the editor because words are being edited, not hours. 🙂 My standard editing rate is three cents per word ($.03 x total original word count divided into two installment payments) for three rounds of editing. When you’re ready for me to edit your manuscript, I will collect the first half of the editing fee. As I edit the book, I will correct basics such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure, but I will also focus on the overall needs of the book, inserting notes to you with ideas for possible revisions, additional writing, deletions, and questions if your intended meaning isn’t clear in a certain part. I am well versed in the Chicago Manual of Style and adhere to its guidelines, but I am realistic enough to bend some of the rules in the 1,026 pages of that tome if an author has a unique style of writing that s/he wants to retain.
I am very skilled at helping authors determine chapter divisions, chapter titles, the rearrangement of text as needed to enhance narrative flow, and other problem issues that often prove challenging for an author to “see” because you’ve been looking at your manuscript for so long, revising and re-revising. This is called developmental editing, something many editors would charge extra to do. This is included in my editing rate cited above.
When I get to the halfway point in the book, I will email that to you along with my notes. I will send you two versions of the edited manuscript: one showing all the editing marks using track changes, and a clean copy that has all the edits incorporated into it. When you go over my work and send me your notes and revisions, I will input those into my master copy of the edited manuscript and do a second light edit of the first half. At this point, I will collect the second half-payment of the editing fee and continue editing to the end, repeating the entire process as described above. I usually wait a week to get fresh eyes, and then I proofread the manuscript to catch any remaining errors.
Multiple Rounds of Editing: One Fee
Many editors do only one pass of basic line/copy-editing for the rate I charge. They return the manuscript with a once-and-done mentality and without much communication throughout the process. My method involves three rounds of editing for one editing fee. Please keep in mind, however, that if you do revisions or insert additional writing that will take me more than an hour to go over, I will charge a per-hour rate of $30.00 to edit those revisions. This is a standard industry practice and a necessary one because good editing often reveals the need for revisions and additional writing to round out the story and perfect the book.
Feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about having your book edited. I am especially interested in historical fiction, humorous works, women’s fiction, literary fiction, biographies and memoirs, and travel writing, but my extensive experience is multi-genre and includes fiction and nonfiction. More than anything, I love working collaboratively with authors throughout the entire creative process of editing their books.
All the best!