I love helping writers become authors – successful authors! How do you define success? For indie authors, making a profit off your books is a start. To do that, you want to keep your production costs as low as possible. And for every author, finding your fans is the true aim. For that you need a well-edited book.
I focus on story structure and word choice: for example, are you using filler verbs, does your plot keep readers hooked, is your heroine relatable? This sort of editing is irreplaceable. Grammarly or ProWritingAid can find incorrect prepositional use. Beta readers can spot errors and give you general feedback. But I show you where your story falls down, I streamline the guff and help you keep your readers turning pages.
Developmental / content / story editing
Also known as a manuscript evaluation, I give feedback on structure, tone, character development, language usage, genre considerations – giving you a roadmap for revisions. Usually 10-15 pages of single-spaced editorial gold. This is what you need if you’ve written a book, given it to beta readers, but aren’t sure if “it’s right.” $550 (+VAT where applicable).
Work-in-progress developmental edit
If you haven’t written your whole book yet, but have a story outline and the first 10,000 words, then this mini developmental edit is for you. You’ll receive 3-6 single-spaced pages of editorial feedback with ample suggestions to save you writing chapters of sub-standard storytelling. $200 (+VAT where applicable).
Focuses on typos, word choice, continuity slip-ups, plot holes, and pacing. One editing round. $0.02/word (+VAT where applicable).
Deluxe Editing Package
Story edit plus prose polish with a bit of a discount. 2 rounds of edits (allowing you to revise after the story edit). $0.02/word + $300 (+VAT where applicable).
Tell Me Your Story
Some of us aren’t natural writers, but we have a book to put out! This is a ghostwriting package where we concretize your book’s outline, you send me copious notes that I spin into literary gold much like Rumpelstiltskin. Fee is based on a nonfiction book of <45,000 words. For works above 45K word count, I can give you a quote. $4,000 (+VAT where applicable).
Indie Publishing Package
Go from finished manuscript to published paperback and e-book!
I do one editing round to polish your finished manuscript, design and format your paperback, convert your files to epub and mobi formats for your e-book using Vellum, organize your cover with a cover designer,* copywrite your sales description page and author bio, copywrite your back cover blurb, consult on how to set up your book title on CreateSpace (or IngramSpark), Kindle Direct Publishing (or Draft2Digital) — or do it for you, consult on your author page on Amazon Author Central, review your proof copy and ebook versions on multiple devices to ensure they are error-free… leaving you to click ‘Publish.’
Short books (0-40,000 words) $1,250 (+VAT where applicable).
Medium (40-75,000 words) $1,750 (+VAT where applicable).
Long (75,000 words+) $2,150 (+VAT where applicable).
* The cost of the cover design is separate and I’m thrilled to team up with Anna Cowie at The Pixel Pusher, an award-winning graphic designer, who offers a unique paperback, e-book, and 3D cover for £320+image (+VAT where applicable). Pricing is for this Package only. Alternatively, you can work with a cover designer of your choice and I help you clarify your design brief saving you time and money.
Interior design of paperback and conversion to e-book
I tweak your words, correct written texts where English is not the native language of the author, write blurbs or compose sales copy. $90/hour (+VAT where applicable). Or contract me for your project for a set fee.
Editing shorter works (under 10,000 words) $65/hour (+VAT where applicable).
I’m no longer taking on individual coaching clients, but if you have a certain question related to publishing, writing, or marketing your work, please contact me and I’ll respond by email and write a blog post to help you.
See here for industry standard rates and here for definitions of the various types of manuscript editing. For manuscripts, payment is appreciated as 50% upon commencement and 50% upon delivery. Authors working with me on their subsequent books in a series can enjoy negotiated rates. Let’s discuss.
See my FAQ page for more detail about the editing process and other questions.
Contact me to arrange a free 30-minute Skype call about your books or writing aims.