Professional Copy Editing
What is Copy Editing?
“Copy editing is the process of revising written material to improve readability and fitness, as well as ensuring that text is free of grammatical and factual errors.” – Wikipedia
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.
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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/Literature.
If you feel you need “Developmental Editing” for your manuscript, then we recommend you find an editor that you like working with as this is a different type of process and you need to work more closely with the editor as it will or can change the “Author’s Voice” or overall tone. Where Copy Editing will not change the Author’s voice, it will just improve on the grammatical side of the manuscript.
The overall service will include:
- Proofread text and correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors
- Verify factual correctness of the information, such as dates and statistics if the manuscript requires it
- Check the text for style, readability, and adherence to editorial policies
- Rewrite small portions of text to improve clarity and readability
Our editors will not change your original manuscript but will make a separate document with the corrections. The author receives these suggested edits via “track changes” in a compare file (See photo for example) showing the original file combined with the edited file using Microsoft Word. We recommend submitting your manuscript as a Microsoft Word Doc.
Once this service has been performed, it is the author’s responsibility to accept or reject the editor’s corrections and make those changes to your updated manuscript that we send back to you. Our goal is not to alter your story or voice, but to enhance it for a better reading experience.
The estimated time frame for most manuscripts on average is approximately 3 to 5 weeks depending on length and complexity.
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 shown 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.
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Pay the deposit fee of $195.00 by using the “Buy It Now” button below or use the contact form and we will contact by email within 8 to 24 hours.
If you have any questions please call 702-292-4638