Day: April 10, 2015

New Editing Packages

Having evaluated the requirements of my clients, I am now offering a range of editorial packages to suit all needs. My new packages will make it easier to budget for your editing costs.

My editing packages – designed for you

I want to help you make your book the best it can be – whether you are an independent author, or if you are planning to submit your manuscript to agents and/or publishers.

To help you achieve this, I have a tiered pricing structure offering different levels of service – standard and comprehensive.  This means that you only pay for what you need.

 

Beta Reading

Have you just completed an early draft of your novel and want an honest, unbiased opinion?

ticksDetailed report on elements including:

  • plot
  • characterisation
  • setting
  • story flow
  • continuity
  • exposition
  • grammar/spelling issues

 Cost: £0.75/$1.00 per 1000 words*

 

Proofreading

A final check and polish before publication. I will check your manuscript thoroughly for:

ticksspelling

ticksspelling inconsistencies

ticksgrammar

ticksuse of tenses

tickssentence structure issues

 Cost: £2.50/$3.50 per 1000 words*

 

Standard Package

Includes:

tickscontent/copy/line edit**

ticksone revision

ticksfinal proofread

tickseditorial report for first edit and revision

 Cost: £7.50/$11.00 per 1000 words*

 

Comprehensive Package Option 1

Includes:

tickscontent/copy/line edit**

tickstwo revisions

ticksfinal proofread

tickseditorial report for first edit and each revision

 Cost: £10.00/$15.00 per 1000 words*

 

Comprehensive Package Option 2

This service is for those authors hoping to submit their work to an agent and/or publisher and includes:

ticksinitial beta read

tickscontent/copy/line edit**

tickstwo revisions

ticksfinal proofread

tickseditorial report for first edit and each revision

tickshelp with your query letter and synopsis/outline

Cost: £12.00/$17.50 per 1000 words*

 

Comprehensive Package Option 3

This service is for authors intending to self-publish and includes:

ticksinitial beta read

tickscontent/copy/line edit**

tickstwo revisions

ticksfinal proofread

tickseditorial report for first edit and each revision

ticksediting and advice on your book blurb, author page and synopsis

ticksadvice on choosing a book cover

ticksadvice on the self-publishing process

Cost: £12.50/$18.50 per 1000 words*

 

Comprehensive Package Option 4

Includes all of Comprehensive Package Option 3 and advice on promoting your book.

Cost: £13.50/$20.00 per 1000 words*

 

Evaluation of Published Work

Is your book not selling as well as you had hoped? This service includes:

ticksdetailed feedback on your novel

ticksevaluation of book cover and formatting

ticksevaluation of online presence (Facebook page, author page, website)

 Cost: £0.75/$1.00 per 1000 words*

 

I also provide editing for short stories, poetry and blog posts/website content  – please contact me for a quote.

I can offer advice on self-publishing and promotion on an ad hoc basis at a cost of £15.00/$22.00 per hour.

 

Please note that these prices are in GBP/USD. In you live anywhere else in the world, please contact me for a quote.

*If your manuscript is less than 15,000 words, then please contact me for a quote.

**Content/copy/line edit assesses the flow of the writing, structure, clarity, style and pacing as well as characterisation, dialogue, plot and plot holes and inconsistencies. For each edit/revision you will receive a detailed editorial report expanding on comments made on the manuscript itself and offering suggestions and advice.

Payment terms:

Beta Reading/Proofreading/ Evaluation of Published Work: 50% on booking with balance due within seven days of completion.

Editing Packages: 25% on booking, 25% upon receipt of first edit, 25% on completion of final proofread with the remaining balance due 28 days after that.

#AtoZChallenge: I is for Imply and Infer

For the A-Z challenge, I am posting writing and editing tips to help you improve and enhance your writing.

I is for Imply and Infer

imply infer

Inference:  a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning (Oxford Dictionaries)

Implying: indicate the truth or existence of (something) by suggestion rather than explicit reference (Oxford Dictionaries)

Inference is a device used in writing where a reader reaches conclusions based on the information given in a text, information that implies certain things. As a writer, you don’t need to ‘tell’ a reader everything. You should trust your reader to make inferences using the words, phrases and symbols you have provided. For example:

Jack groaned as he forced his eyes open, rubbing his temples. The screech of his phone made his ears ring. He reached across the rumpled sheets to the cluttered chair that stood next to his bed, searching for the device, his arm catching the half-empty bottle of scotch and sending it clattering to the floor.

So what is the writer implying? And what can the reader infer? We can infer lots about Jack and what he has been up to. The writer is implying that he has a hangover. We haven’t been told this but can infer it from him forcing his eyes open (he is tired – late night?), he is rubbing his temples (sore head?) and that there is a half empty bottle of scotch by the bed (has he polished off the other half?). We can also infer that he is either poor or not very house-proud – he has a chair by the bed rather than a bedside table or nightstand. We even know that he doesn’t have a carpeted floor.

We infer all this without being told, and this information is given in a way that (I hope) is more entertaining than simply listing these facts about Jack. So – trust your reader, give them little snippets of your characters’ lives, in realistic situations that readers recognise and identify with (although I’m not implying for one moment that we’ve all woken up with a half bottle of scotch next to us… but you can infer what you like!) and let them draw their own conclusions.

Any tips for successful writing? Do share them by leaving a comment below.