If you want your book to meet professional publishing standards and be as good as it can be, copyediting by an experienced book editor is essential. Copyediting corrects grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization. Our professional editors will also catch problems in logical flow, consistency, redundancy and factual content and make suggestions to help you correct these issues and more. A second set of eyes is invaluable!
$33.00 per thousand words. This price is subject to a review of the manuscript and includes one pass of editing. Sometimes additional passes between editor and author are required to bring the manuscript up to professional publishing standards. If so, we will obtain your written permission to proceed at $80/hour.
In addition to the areas addressed by copyediting, a substantive edit considers a manuscript’s intended audience and focuses on its structure and logical flow. Using a more intensive and hands-on approach than copyediting, the professional editor may reword unclear and awkward writing to improve clarity and the flow of ideas, restructure portions of the manuscript, and eliminate redundancy.
$89.00 per thousand words. This price is subject to a review of the manuscript and includes one pass for substantive editing and, after the author implements the suggested changes, one pass of copyediting. Sometimes additional passes between editor and author are required at each stage to bring the manuscript up to professional publishing standards. If so, we will obtain your written permission to proceed at $80/hour.
To ensure maximum quality, complete proofreading of your layout AFTER typesetting is the standard procedure in publishing. You’ll be amazed at the errors our proofreaders find, even in the most carefully edited manuscripts! This service is included with our interior book layout service, but is available “á la carte” as a separate service.
Our proofreading service includes the following:
- We’ll mark items using The Chicago Manual of Style or your own style sheet as a guide.
- We’ll send you a marked-up laser proof for review of our findings and addition of your own changes.
*Included with our interior book layout service
Proofreading only, no interior book layout: $12.50 per thousand words
The index is an alphabetical listing of key terms that includes the page numbers where those terms can be found in your book. An index makes your book more accessible for your readers. Customers, book store purchasers and acquisition librarians often turn to the index first when deciding whether or not to buy a book.
Indexing Level 1
Our indexer will read every word of your book, apply critical thinking skills, and include cross-references and multiple entries that make the entire text of the book easily accessible to your reader.
Front matter, back matter, glossaries, references, and bibliographies are not typically indexed.
$5.50 per indexable book page.
Indexing Level 2
Our indexer will work from your list of terms to compile the index, judging which instances of each term should and should not be listed.