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You've finished your manuscript. You've read through it around twenty-times. You've made all the necessary changes and fixed all the errors and typos. You've even let old Mrs Smith down the road (the retired English teacher) read it and, even though she picked up a few more errors, she loved it so much she raves that it should be made into a movie. Sound familiar...?
You might not think so but it is a fact that all professional writers need professional editing. The books you see in the bookstores are, in some cases, vastly different from the manuscripts submitted to editors by even the most accomplished authors. It is the editor's job to work closely with the author to tighten and polish the manuscript then it is the publisher's job to make sure the finished article is right for publication.
If you are a self-published author; it is important to remember that YOU are the publisher, so it is your responsibility to ensure that your book is as good as it can be and worth the money you are expecting to sell it for.
We have created a worldwide database of qualified editors with specialties covering all genres. This is great news for self-published authors for the following reasons:
This is a great place to start if you need a critical eye to check over your manuscript before submitting it for editing. Copy editing and proofreading tend to look in detail at the accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation etc, while a Manuscript Assessment will give you professional advice on the big picture. You'll receive a written report by one of our qualified editiors detailing aspects of structure, style and prose such as plot, character, point-of-view, pace, writing style, narrative, dialogue, presentation, length, and use of research etc.
A manuscript assessment is designed to ready your manuscript for copy editing or proof-reading.
All titles submitted for copy editing are required to be vetted past the first draft status (beta readers, peer reviews/critiques, etc). Submissions should be around third draft status, already be as clean and tight as the author can make it on their own - and be ready for the resource of a professional editor to bring the work to publish-ready status. For more information see the chapter on editing in our ebook,The Publicious Guide to Self-Publishing.
Throughout the editing process the editor will write comments, suggestions and feedback in the comments/margins designed to strengthen and benefit the readability of your ms. It is then down to you the author to implement these changes, disregard them, or compromise as preferred. Remember, at the end of the day you as the self-published author are the boss!
Should a ms need proofreading even if it's been edited?
Yes. During and after the edit, sentences, paragraphs and, in some cases, whole chapters may have been rewritten by the author and can contain new typos or errors that weren't there during the edit. This is where a final proofread will pick up any problems and ensure the author the peace of mind of knowing that their book is the best it can be.
A basic proofread is designed to pick any remaining errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling and is not designed as an alternative to editing.
Please note: proofreading can only be carried out once an edit, either by Publicious or your own editor, has been completed. Our affordable proofreading service is designed to give your ms that final professional polish that it deserves.
Includes everything that is listed in the two categories above but offered at a discount price to our authors.
A combined ms appraisal, copy edit and follow-up proofread package is also available at an even greater discount (see below).
Please note: all prices are quoted in Australian dollars (AUD). To convert prices to your currency please use our handy currency converter at the bottom of this page. Prices will vary depending on the amount of work required, for this reason manuscripts are priced individually. The following prices are supplied as a guide only and would only apply for those works that need a minimum amount of work.
Please state which of the following services you will require when contacting us.
$0.011 per word
Minimum charge for a manuscript assessment is $400.00.
$5.00 per A-4 double-spaced page (290 words, quarter pages and less are calculated to the author's benefit)
Minimum charge for a copy edit is $500.00.
$3.00 per A-4 double-spaced page (290 words, quarter pages and less are calculated to the author's benefit)
Minimum charge for a follow-up proofread is $300.00.
$7.00 per A-4 double-spaced page (290 words, quarter pages and less are calculated to the author's benefit)
Minimum charge for a combined editing package is $700.00.
Assesment $0.010 per word. $6.00 per A-4 double-spaced page (290 words, quarter pages and less are calculated to the author's benefit)
Minimum charge for a combined editing package is $900.00.
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