Why Every Book Needs Editing

Those Devilish Details

As they say, the devil is in the details. That old axiom is never more true than in crafting a work of fiction or nonfiction. The details can make or break a story, earn or discourage positive reviews, and either build word-of mouth readership or drive readers away.

Buffing and Polishing

Many of AuthorScope's editors are published authors so they are sensitive to an author's pride in his or her manuscript while they help refine, buff and polish the craftsmanship and marketability of an author's work.  Below are the editorial services that AuthorScope offers

Laurie B. EricksonSeeing Yourself As God Sees You

Before my writing partner and I began rewriting our manuscript, my AuthorScope editor provided a lot of wise counsel to guide us. When we were done and handed the book over, he took the editing to a new, professional level. Now the book flows much better. I've received many compliments from readers on how well-written and useful the book is.

EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT


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A manuscript assessment evaluates portions of your submitted manuscript to determine the most appropriate level of editing— developmental editing, line editing, or copyediting (see descriptions below). About 1,500 words of your manuscript, usually the first chapter, is edited at the recommended level so you have a sample of what to expect from that level of editing. The editing recommendations and sample edit will be sent to you along with a general assessment of your manuscript including suggestions toward improving it.

An ​editorial assessment takes two to three weeks. If you purchase developmental editing or line editing services from AuthorScope, the cost of the editorial assessment will be applied toward that purchase, provided the manuscript is at least 60,000 words. Of course, you may also choose to work with another editor or make the recommended changes yourself.

Professional fees for an editorial assessment is:

$199

This fee may be applied to the purchase of developmental or line editing services for manuscripts of 60,000+ words.

DEVELOPMENTAL EDIT


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Once you have a draft of your book manuscript, it’s time to congratulate yourself. Most people who start writing a book never finish. At this point you probably sense that your manuscript isn’t as good as it could be, but aren’t quite sure how to bring it to a higher level of organization, plotting, or character development. The solution is a professional developmental edit—sometimes called a structural or substantive edit.

In a developmental edit, an editor experienced with your kind of book gives your manuscript a single, deep read-through for the big picture looking for trouble spots and opportunities for improvement. It includes:

For NOVELS

  • Flaws in the pacing
  • Flaws in story development
  • Inconsistent character behavior or speech
  • Point-of-view errors
  • Poorly placed background information
  • Inappropriate reading level for intended audience

For NONFICTION

  • Illogical or confusing organization, including chapter titles
  • Poorly developed arguments
  • Unnecessary or confusing digressions
  • Missing or incomplete content
  • Use of sidebars, artwork and other special content
  • Use and placement of headings and subheads
  • Inappropriate language or reading level for intended audience

After identifying opportunities for improvement, the editor helps you move around large chunks of text, cutting some sections and adding essential content in other places. A developmental edit makes your manuscript structurally sound but does not get into the messy details of sentence structure or word choices.

A developmental edit is highly instructive for the author, essential for the manuscript, and an all-important step before obtaining the more detailed services of line editing or copyediting.

​Professional fees for developmental editing are charged on a per-word basis because larger manuscripts take longer to read and edit. Each engagement has a minimum of 5,000 words. Fees are:

4.8¢ per word (USD)

($48.00 per 1,000 words)

BONUS! 30-minute phone/Skype consultation about your developmental edit

Jeane MooreZandros In Love and Zandros Rising

If you're an author, you need help from someone you can trust to tell you the truth and not screw you over. AuthorScope has that someone. My first novel was really good and they worked with me to make it really really good. And they did it again with my second novel. They will tell you the truth—about themselves, about your book, and about what they can do.

LINE EDIT


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If your manuscript is structurally sound and no substantial story or organizational changes are necessary, it is time for line editing. In a single, deep read-through, an experienced line editor checks your manuscript for  details of craftsmanship, such as:

  • Paragraph structure
  • Sentence flow and variation
  • Word choices
  • Elimination of clichés
  • Wordiness
  • Author voice and style
  • Forward movement
  • Readability
  • Other language-related issues.

The line editor will suggest fixes for obvious grammatical errors and typos when they are detected during the edit, but a line editor does not intentionally comb through the manuscript searching for grammatical and spelling errors. A line edit should not be confused with a copyedit, sometimes called a proofread.

​All suggestions by your line editor are made by inserting Comments into your MS Word manuscript and using Track Changes for suggested edits to your text. You have the option of accepting or rejecting each suggestion.

​Professional fees for line editing are on a per-word basis because larger manuscripts take longer to read and edit. Each engagement has a minimum of 5,000 words. Fees are:

2.3¢ per word (USD)

($23.00 per 1,000 words)

BONUS! 30-minute phone/Skype consultation about your line edit

COPYEDIT (MS Word Manuscript)


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When your manuscript is structurally sound and all the wrinkles of craftsmanship have been ironed out, a copyeditor checks your manuscript for errors in grammar and spelling. This is often called a "proofread" and includes fixing such issues as:

  • Unintentional syntax errors
  • Misspelled words
  • Missing words or repeated words
  • Incorrect possessives
  • Errors in compound words
  • Tense confusion
  • Hyphenation and capitalization errors
  • Line-break problems
  • Inconsistent use of fonts and font sizes
  • Conformance to Chicago Manual of Style (the standard of the publishing industry

All fixes made by your line editor are tracked by inserting Comments into your MS Word manuscript and/or using Track Changes to delineate suggestions in the text. You have the option of accepting or rejecting each suggestion.

​Professional fees for copyediting are charged on a per-word basis because larger manuscripts take longer to read and copyedit. Each engagement has a minimum of 5,000 words. Fees are:

1.6¢ per word

($16.00 per 1,000 words)

COPYEDIT (PDF Galley)

It is essential to review the PDF galley of your book because revisions inevitably are made after the final Copyedit and before a PDF galley of the interior design is created. Also, some errors in the text defy detection until the galley stage when lines of text have a different length and different paragraph formatting than in the Word manuscript.

Without the convenience of MS Word review tools, you and the copyeditor must choose between two systems for reporting errors: 1) the copyeditor annotates the PDF directly with comments and sends it to you via e-mail; or the copyeditor pencil-redlines a printout of the manuscript and mails it to you. The following price assumes that a full copyedit has been done on the MS Word manuscript before the PDF galley is created.

Each engagement has a minimum of 5,000 words. The professional fees are:

1.6¢ per word

($16.00 per 1,000 words)

Heather DurenbergerSeeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

AuthorScope provided a developmental edit, line edit and copyedit on my book, which is full of stories, prayers, and exercises, combined with shifts from first-person experiences to stories about people I know. Structurally, it was very challenging and my editor graciously walked me through the process, giving me lots of rewriting and reorganization suggestions. I learned a lot along the way and people tell me the book is wonderful!

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LINE EDITING

COPYEDITING

  • Additional 0.5 hour phone/Skype consultation
  • Focus on writing technique

3.5¢ per word (USD)

$35 per 1000 words, minimum 5000 words.

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DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

COPYEDITING

  • Additional 1 hour phone/Skype consultation
  • Focus on structure

5.4¢ per word (USD)

$54 per 1000 words, minimum 5000 words.

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DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

LINE EDITING

COPYEDITING

  • Additional 1.5 hours phone/Skype consultation
  • Exhaustive refinement of ms

6.9¢ per word (USD)

$69 per 1000 words, minimum 5000 words.

Bill NemmersCrude and Mothers Hurling Bricks

I am impressed with the technical and creative work performed by AuthorScope on the editing of my books, which greatly enhanced the impact of my words on readers.