When you reach the editing stage, it is often the case that you can get too involved with the story to detect errors. You can see words in your head that aren't actually there on the page, sentences blur together and errors escape you, and you follow plot threads and see only the images in your skull.
Not sure what your manuscript needs? Our editors will read your entire book. They'll write a short evaluation and make recommendations for where you should go next.
This is a great value, and you can even use the evaluation as an endorsement on your back cover.
A coach or development editor starts working in the early stage of the book, helping to bring concepts into focus, identifying potential readers, and analyzing the competition.
This is the one of the most important stages where the author identifies his or her unique contribution to the book world, their social platform and the book’s likely audience.
Think of a development editor more as a consultant rather than someone who delves heavily into your writing style or the creative process.
To apply for book coaching, we'll need to see as much of the manuscript as you have finished.
A coach will then contact you regarding your concerns and needs. $150 – $300 per 10K words
mission point press has editors specializing in a wide range of genres and subjects,including:
fiction & literature
sci-fi & fantasy
mystery & thriller
health & fitness
A COPY EDITOR corrects grammar, spelling, jargon, terminology, and punctuation. She also ensures the writing flows well and may suggest cutting sections that go on too long or don’t move the story forward. If a section is getting dragged down by technical information, she may suggest putting it in a shaded box, called a sidebar. Here’s an example of what you might see:
I’m thinking of putting the patient’s daily vitamin
regimen into a sidebar for easier reference. Right now,
it’s slowing down the pace of the chapter.
I’ve switched out the medical jargon for
simpler words to make this more accessible.
Please check for accuracy.
A copy editor ensures that your writing is "clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent”—what’s often called the “Five Cs.” And she’ll also check for consistent style, whether it adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style or the Associated Press Stylebook.
Often, a copy editor is hired to shorten copy so that it fits a word count. Finally, a copy editor will suggest headlines, subheads, pull-out quotations and sidebars. A well-polished manuscript can be edited at 5 to 10 pages an hour, while a more raw manuscript can take as long as an hour per page.
A LINE EDITOR looks more at the big picture of the manuscript, such as reasoning, consistency, arguments, evidence, and the overall organization of the book. You can expect numerous questions with suggested changes, such as:
You mention teens have died from consuming
energy drinks. To protect yourself legally, be sure to add evidence (preferably of successful lawsuits) and credible sources.
In your argument on taxing “wealth,” you’ll
need to clarify whether you meant the sum
total value of a person’s assets or their “net wealth”
—the value of assets minus debt. Also, how would you tax property held outside of the United States?
The line editor editor will leave the finer details for the copy editor to clean up.
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$150 per 10k words
Proofreading is the last step in the editorial cycle. Hire a proofreader for a book that’s already been fact-checked and copy edited.
A proofreader will correct spelling, punctuation and grammar and double-check easily accessible facts, such as the spelling of a city or country name.
$300 per 10k words
Fact-checking essentially is that … a researcher takes a non-fiction manuscript and meticulously works through the text, confirming the facts as presented by the author. A variety of methods will be used for verification. The goal always: accuracy that goes unchallenged.
Typically the author will know whether fact-checking would be beneficial and add some needed peace of mind.
$200 per 10k words
Most non-fiction books can benefit from an index, especially if the work contains a multitude of references to specific people, places and events.
The aim of the index is simple — to make facts within the book easy to locate for the reader. But building an index is not a simple process. It requires the indexer to anticipate what facts will be of interest to the reader, categorize them, and present them in list form in a consistent, standard style.
Fact-checking is so boring compared to writing fiction. — Francine Prose
Ghostwriters work with an author to help write the author’s manuscript. Ghostwriters come in all stripes, and the level of work depends on the author’s needs. An author may come with a simple outline, and it’s up to the ghostwriter to do the research and the vast majority of the writing.
To apply for ghostwriting,
we'll need to see a paragraph
or two about what you have in mind. A writer will then
contact you regarding your story, the time-line and your publishing goals.
Or an author may present a ghostwriter with a very rough draft, and the ghostwriter will rewrite it.
Ghostwriting also can involve considerable research on behalf of the author.
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