Business Documents (manuals, correspondence, white papers, and more)
How I Quote a Price
I will do a free sample edit (roughly five pages of a book-length manuscript) for two reasons:
To make certain I understand the kind and amount of editing you want, as well as to determine if I am knowledgeable about the genre of your writing.
To ensure that you are satisfied with the edits.
In addition to the pages to edit, you also need to submit two other documents:
A brief questionnaire giving additional information about the manuscript.
A synopsis (for fiction) or chapter outline/summary (for nonfiction).
The sample should be comparable to the bulk of the project; if you have polished the first chapter over and over again but done only a first draft on later chapters, I need to see a sample from a later chapter.
I will send you a Word document using Word’s Track Changes so you can see every change I made. You can change the view in Track Changes to “final” to see the revised manuscript without the markups showing.
Based on the time required for the sample edit, the length of the complete manuscript, your answers the questions, and the synopsis (or chapter outline), I can give you a quote for the cost and time to complete the project.
How I Edit
Every edit includes at least three reads of the manuscript and the following kinds of edits (the first two may be done simultaneously):
Copy/line/mechanical edit (correct grammar, punctuation, mechanics; verify facts and ensure consistency; clarify meaning and improve readability).
Content/structural/substantive edit (revise/move text for better flow; recommend the addition or deletion of material; re-organize and re-structure content for flow and clarity).
Proofreading (final review of entire manuscript after all changes have been made, including those made by other readers, if applicable).
Unless we have discussed using another style guide, I edit according to the Chicago Manual of Style.
I will create a draft of each a chapter, section, or other reasonable breakdown of the manuscript to send to you for approval. As with the sample edit, you can see the markups or a clean copy by changing the view in Track Changes.
You can respond to the draft by marking changes on the document itself (preferably using Word’s Track Changes), sending me notes in an e-mail, or discussing by phone.
I will revise the draft and return to you; we repeat this as many times as needed to get the project to your satisfaction.
If you have other readers (such as subject matter experts) who will be giving input, y0u should submit any changes you accept from their recommendations before the editing is finalized.
After you are satisfied, I send you a file with the final copy.
What Publishing Services I Offer
Evaluate the different forms of publishing to determine if self-publishing is the best for you.
Review the steps and services required to write and publish a book.
Compare using a subsidy publishing company to doing everything yourself.
If you choose to use a company, compare the services and costs of various companies.
If you choose to do it yourself, recommend vendors for various services.
Advise on promotion, especially website and Internet marketing.
Serve as a resource throughout the process to answer questions and assist in resolving problems.
Perform a complete content edit of the manuscript (see Editing above).
Assist with obtaining ISBNs and registering copyright.
Format the manuscript for publication.
Negotiate and contract with a cover artist and book designer on your behalf or perform these services for you.
Write back cover blurb.
Proof the cover and completed layout.
Negotiate and contract with a printer on your behalf or set up account with a POD printer.
Coordinate the creation of e-book formats and upload to sales sites.
Advise on promotion, including website and social media, and distribution.
Serve as a liaison among all parties involved in the publication, distribution, and promotion of the book to ensure production of a quality product within an established timeframe.
How I Work
I will provide you with a detailed project task list and timeline, indicating who has to perform the task and when it is due.
Edit the manuscript as described above.
Format the manuscript for print and/or ebook.
Assist you with finding professionals for all tasks required, helping you do it yourself, or providing the service for you.
You can e-mail me with your needs and information to be included or tell me where to find the information I need.
If you prefer, we can visit by phone to discuss your needs and make sure I understand what you are looking for.
After I have a good understanding of the desired end product and the amount of research and writing involved, I will give you a quote for the total cost.
I will prepare a draft for your review, make changes based on your feedback, and return for your review until you are satisfied.
Ask for a Quote
Use the contact form below or email me at moc.nnammaeillil@eillil to request a quote.
Describe the project:
Topic/subject matter, type of writing (blog, employee manual, correspondence, etc.), and length (250 words, 50 pages of 12 pt font, 10000 words, etc.).
Include the timeframe and whether the stated deadline is required or desired.
Explain whether you will provide the information or sources or if I must do research to gather the information needed.
I will respond with a quote—if you have other ideas, you will be asked to clarify what you need to ensure that I understand what you want and that I can provide what you want.
How You and I Complete the Project
I will write a short document or a chapter (or some other logical breakdown) of a long document at a time and send to you for approval.
You will review the chapter, mark any changes you want made, and return it to me. If you feel I am getting off-track, we will talk about it so I can make appropriate changes. If there are significant changes, I will send the chapter to you again for review.
I will send you the final copy for review and approval.
After you have given your approval, I will edit the entire manuscript.
After the edit, I will return the document to you for final approval.
The standard hourly rate for all services is $100/hour, with a two-hour minimum.
Major projects, such as book editing and website development, will be billed at a project fee, determined in advance by the scope of work and a small sample. Large projects require a deposit of one-half of the total price upon acceptance of the proposal; the final half of the total is due upon completion.
A rush charge is added when the client does not allow enough lead time for the job. Client will be notified in advance if the rush charge applies.
A cancellation fee may apply if a contracted project is cancelled or delayed after we have set aside the time.
Payment may be made by check or PayPal.
I am completely responsible for all work done on my behalf; however, I may not do all the work. I may subcontract part of the project (such as one round of edits) to an associate or coordinate with other vendors to provide specific services. I will review the final product, and I am responsible for the work subcontractors perform on my behalf.
We maintain strict confidentiality of all your information.
If we provide original content for hire, the copyright to your documents and website is transferred to you as soon as the final payment is made.
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