Do you have a manuscript that you think is finished, but aren’t sure if it’s ready to publish? Are you worried about whether anybody else will think it’s any good? Are you putting together a book proposal or query to attract an agent or publisher? How about just the beginning of a book and want to make sure it’s marketable before you invest more time in it?
If you need more help polishing your book before you hit publish, check out our editing packages.
The Hemingway – $1000
MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE AND OUTLINE REVIEW
A preliminary review of the commercial potential of your novel or nonfiction book based on a foundational synopsis or outline, as well as your first chapter. The goal is to make sure your book is organized in a way that will hold readers’ attention, and also includes the crucial elements that will satisfy your intended audience. We’ll write between 3 and 5 pages of notes, which will identify
- plot holes or weak character motivation
- dragging backstory or opposition
- weak or irrelevant sections
- prose narrative style
- pacing and stakes
- foreshadowing and dramatic tension
- getting emotional investment from readers
- climax and resolution
- commercial potential
Basically, we’ll help you isolate the major pieces of your book that just aren’t ready to be published, so you can revise, rewrite and ultimately create a strong book.
* This is a passive developmental edit, or manuscript critique, which means we will look at “big picture” issues but will not manually rewrite or fix the content.
The Thoreau – $2500
COPY-EDITING & PROOFREADING
This level includes the developmental editing and “big picture” feedback listed above, but also includes a round of copy-editing and proofreading.
- Fix typos and spelling issues
- Improve grammar and word choice
- Fix spacing and punctuation
- Prepare the book for formatting
* We will clean and enhance your book as-is, and give hundreds of suggestions on how to improve as well as identify the biggest weaknesses (as well as suggestions on how to solve them). But we won’t do heavy revision or rewriting.
The Dickens – $5000
STRUCTURAL & DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING
At this level, rather than just pointing out flaws, we’ll take an active role in revising or rewriting your manuscript to make the writing sing. We’ll avoid repetition and redundancy, restructure or organize, trim the slow parts or speed them up, improve the action, description, setting, pacing, sentence structure and dialogue.
We’ll improve your manuscript at every level, so readers have a much stronger, smoother and more satisfying reading experience.
* By application only – please contact us before ordering.
Does your book really need editing?
We get it, you’ve reached THE END and “finished” your book. But the truth is, it’s probably not ready for professional editing yet. 75% of the projects submitted to us have critical issues that a professional editor cannot fix.
#1: BASIC GRAMMAR, TYPOS AND SPELLING ERRORS
Sure you CAN hire us to fix them all for you, but the truth is, most of this stuff could be fixed with a basic spellchecker or grammar tool. Before you submit for professional editing (and waste our time and yours) we strongly encourage you to run it through a software and fix as much as you can.
We’ve tested them all and find that that Grammarly routinely picks up more contextual spelling errors. It won’t catch everything, but it should help a lot. Use this link to get Grammarly. The free Word plugin includes basic spelling and grammar. If you want to dig a little deeper into style and syntax, we recommend ProWritingAid.
#2: CORE STRUCTURAL ISSUES AND CONTENT
Your book can be “well-written” and still fail to keep readers engaged. We’ve been studying the craft of books for over a decade, and we’ve learned the books that succeed aren’t just the ones that are well-written: they are the ones who understand what their audience wants and presents the plot, story, material or information in the ideal structure.
Most non-fiction books we receive have no unifying theme, organic progression of ideas, vulnerable shares and stories to hook interest, of fail to properly identify the audience and benefits (who is this for, what’s in it for them?)
Most novels we receive are lacking universal story structure, deep conflict and suspense, properly motivated and sympathetic characters, and believable dialogue. We can absolutely help point these issues out to you, but we can’t fix or rewrite the entire book.
That’s why we put together a course on writing that is more advanced than anything else on the Internet, yet simple enough for you to go through and quickly identify red flags and room for improvement. And because we want you to succeed, we’re offering it at 75% off.
$47 (75% off – today only! Grab the deal.)
If you want something a little more basic, we have a FREE course on self-editing your book that’s a bit older, as well as these free book writing resources:
- 8 amateur writing mistakes to avoid
- 25 Self-Editing Tips for Indie Authors
- How to edit a book: the five stages of editing your novel
- A 24-chapter plot outline for your novel (fiction writing template!)
- The Plot Dot (now free on Amazon!