You’ve written a book. Now it’s time to hire a professional book editor. Let’s see if you like what we offer.
Have you written a fiction, self-help, or business book?
The editing rules are different for all three types of books. Tell us about the book you’re writing, and we can design a custom plan for getting your manuscript edited and proofread.
Are you thinking about editing your book yourself or would you like a free author consult with a professional editor?
Self-Editing—You wrote the words. You revised it. You know the story. You don’t see the errors because you’re too close to your story. When you read the text, your mind misses the errors.
Professional Editor—As a professional editor, I am trained in the techniques, art, and style guide rules for #1 bestselling books. The standard style guide in the publishing industry is the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS). I have more than twenty years of book editing, proofreading, and publishing experience. When I see errors in a manuscript, it’s as if the words jump off the page like in a 3-D movie. A professional editor’s job is to make your words shine with 100 percent accuracy. I read your story for the first time with fresh eyes. I see what works, what’s missing, where transitions and examples are needed, and I can tell you if the story flows and whether readers will recommend your book or write it up with a bad review. Did you know that you can be the most top-notch authority on a topic, but if your book contains bad grammar, typos, and the content doesn’t flow and make sense to the reader, you’ll end up with a bad review on the go-to retail book sites. Accumulate enough of those bad reviews, and your dream of achieving #1 bestseller status probably won’t happen anytime soon.
What’s at stake for you as the author when you publish a book?
Your credibility and professionalism in your industry is at stake. People look up to you for your knowledge. Don’t let them down by publishing a book that has not gone a two-stage editing and proofreading process. Even the most famous authors have their books professionally edited. They wouldn’t think of asking a family member, neighbor, or a friendly volunteer to edit their book. Why? Those well-meaning people are notprofessional editors. If you’re thinking of saving some money by having someone other than a professional editor go through your manuscript and suggesting changes or revisions…don’t do it!
Whether someone agrees with your story or likes your novel can be subjective, but give them a portal for telling the world about all the grammatical errors and typos in a book makes you lose your spot in the top twenty most-selling books. Why would anyone ever consider publishing a book without having it go through the editing process with a professional editor? Think about it carefully.
You have one big chance of launching your book in the marketplace. Don’t cut corners where it counts. Hire a professional editor.
Book publishing is fun, and you get that thrill of holding your published book in your hands. You’ve done something that your friends and family have talked about maybe all their life, but you’re the one who did it.
Give yourself a 100 percent edge over the competition. Find an editor who believes in you and your book, and enjoy the rewards.
Three Types of Editing
Below is an explanation of the three types of editing that any author can do before submitting a manuscript to a professional editor.
- Make sure all the content is presented in the right order and is logical for the reader who might not be familiar with your topic details.
- Do a line-by-line edit which involves reading every sentence and asking if it’s understandable, simple, short, and to the point. Make sure you haven’t left anything out. Do this for each sentence, each paragraph, and each chapter. When you complete this step, it will help assure you that your book is progressing the way you want it.
- Read Aloud Editing. This is what all top-selling authors do [seriously]. Make changes to your manuscript as you read aloud. If possible, read all the words in a chapter to someone who wants to listen. Or record yourself doing the reading and then play the recording back and listen to how it sounds. Can you follow the story? Does it make sense? Was something left out that you need to add. If you hear things that are not right, correct the mistakes.
The Editing Process
Establish a process with your editor as to how many times you will send the manuscript back and forth during the editing process. Freelance editors and big publishing house editors, most likely, do not have the same processes, but here’s a short list of how the editing process should be handled.
- The author delivers the first three chapters to the editor.
- The editor reads the chapters without editing, because at this stage, she is looking for content, flow, grammatical errors, formatting, etc.
- The editor then edits the three chapters, preserving the author’s voice.
- The editor makes comments and adds corrections in Microsoft Word using a feature called Change Tracking. This function allows both the author and the editor to see every single revision that has been made, as well as it allows the editor to make notes in the margin for the author, such as, “This is awesome! I have a question about this. Did you mean to say something else here?”
- The author receives the marked-up document and reviews each change. The author also reviews each of the editor’s comments. The author accepts or rejects each revision, and answers the editor’s questions by adding or revising the text in the document.
- If the flow and direction of the story are good, the author continues writing in that document, but turns the change tracking marks off for the new text.
Normally, at this point, the author continues writing the book and then sends the completed manuscript back to the editor for a first draft edit of the book.
What follows next is when all edits have been made and the author is happy with the content, the editor sends the author a PDF document of the book. The author then is responsible for reviewing the entire manuscript. At this point in the process, the manuscript is considered LOCKED…the author cannot make further changes into the Word document. Any changes found in the PDF are sent to the editor, the editor makes the changes without introducing any new errors into the Word document, and then the editor sends the final document to the author to have published.
The publishing industry’s standard resource guides for all published books:
- Online Merriam-Webster dictionary
- Style guide: Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) found in printed form but also through a yearly online subscription at www.chicagomanualofstyle.com.
Industry Editing Rates
Professional editors, like The Writer’s Mentor, charge by the word, which means your payment is based on the total word count in your manuscript (before editing). Fees range from 1.5 cents to 3 cents per word, depending on the content, extent of work required, and level of editing needed.
When you’ve secured a professional editor, ask how long the editor will keep a copy of your manuscript after the editing process has been completed.
At The Writer’s Mentor, we keep a back-up copy of your manuscript for sixty days. After that amount of time, files are deleted from our system, and it is the author’s responsibility to make sure to have saved their manuscript someplace safe for future reference.
What are your turnaround times to complete a first edit?
Once scheduled, you can usually expect to receive your edited manuscript within ten business days.
If I agree to work with an author, and I complete the first round of edits on Chapter 1 and the author doesn’t like what I’ve done, I will refund. After I edit Chapter 1, there are no refunds. Payment is due in advance; one-half down, and one-half when the editing has been completed and before the final manuscript is delivered to the author.
- Set up a free author consult with me. We both will decide if we can work together and if we can agree on the process, payments, and creative editing solution.
- Establish if you are open to hearing the direct comments from your editor, or if you need to be handled more with kid gloves and are sensitive to hearing truthful feedback.
- The editor’s goal should always be to help the author become a #1 bestselling author.
- When everything is a perfect fit, then the author will submit payment through a link I’ll send through email. Next, we’ll set a date when you will send me your draft manuscript. [Note: Once you’ve sent me your manuscript, don’t make anymore changes to your book until you receive my revisions.]
- If for any reason we both decide not to move forward after our initial author consult call, you owe me nothing. We part ways and I will wish you the best success with your book.
The professional editing process between an author and an editor is the beginning of a relationship based on trust. You trust I will do everything possible to deliver the most accurate and professional manuscript to you, ready for publishing. I trust that you will work with me and let me know how everything’s going and that you’re content, excited, encouraged and hopefully joyful over this phase of making giant strides to getting to the point of publishing your book.
My passion and my goal is for you to publish the most awesome and well-written book imaginable. I won’t let you down. Your job is to write. My job is to make your words shine and to give your manuscript the most professional edit possible.
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