Professional Book Editing
Your manuscript must be as close to perfection as possible. If not, the overly abusive critics on Amazon, the largest book distributor, will rip your book apart in reviews, and this will dramatically decrease sales. The reviews are so brutal on Amazon that authors are warned not to take them to heart. However, you need to avoid getting bad reviews in any way you can.
If you want to publish a high-quality book, whether it is self-published or you are planning to go the old school route of attempting to secure an agent that might land you a contract with one of the large publishing houses, you must have your manuscript professionally edited.
Empire Publishing performs two rigorous rounds of editing. The first is mechanical using academic software and then personally by editors with a Degree in English.
Our editors will not change your original manuscript, but will make recommendations for suggested corrections. The author receives these suggested edits via “track changes” in an edited version Microsoft Word file. We recommend submitting your manuscript as a Word 2007 Doc or older. It is your responsibility to accept or reject the editor’s recommendations and make those changes to your manuscript. Our goal is not to alter your story or voice, but to enhance it for the better.
The estimated time frame for most manuscripts on an average is four weeks depending on length and complexity. Manuscripts with a lesser word count (60,000 words and under) are returned to the author quicker.
Your editor will check for:
Typing errors / grammatical errors / misspellings
Consistency of style
Ambiguity and unclear meaning
Logical content and structure
Suitability for the intended audience
The cost for Editing Service: Copyediting is billed at 0.013 cents per word. The word count is determined by utilizing the “Word Count” function in MS Word for Windows on the manuscript submission made by the author. We edit only softcopy (digital files) of books, not hard copies such as typewritten pages or actual books.
There is a 15,000-word minimum, so if your manuscript contains fewer than 15,000 words, your total cost will be no more than the $195 that you pay initially.
If your manuscript is longer than 15,000 words, we will add the additional total and send you an invoice once we receive your manuscript and conduct the word count. You must pay the deposit fee before we begin editing your manuscript. You can estimate the total cost yourself in advance by running “word count” on your document in Word for Windows and multiplying that number by 0.013. All editing fees become non-refundable once paid.
By ordering this option, you acknowledge that editors are human beings and, as such, you realize that this option is not a way to guarantee a 100% error-free manuscript. The editor will conduct a thorough basic edit over the manuscript’s punctuation, spelling, and grammar although, given the variables in accepted styles, the author realizes that some modifications, such as comma usage, can be subjective.
When the editors have completed your manuscript, you will be sent two versions. The first will outline the changes as in the picture above. The second will be a clean version with the changes already in place and ready to use. A final review by you as you implement the editor’s suggested changes will ensure as pristine a document as humanly possible.