After initial idea and strategy, editing is the most essential service for self-publishing authors (or any authors, for that matter). So what are the different types of book editing services available, and what do you get?
Copy editing (3 cents/word)
A careful proofread, this includes for correcting errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. As well, the copy editor will check cross-references and impose a standard style. Depending on the manuscript’s current state, this service can include a more thorough edit called a “Line Edit”. This looks at word choice and gives a few recommendations for improving the overall readability.
Copy Plus Editing (4 cents/word)
This selection presumes the author (and friends) have gone over and over their text to reduce errors and improve construction. This level is appropriate for Second Language English writers or for those with long-winded, complex prose. (If you read your paragraph aloud and find yourself straining for breath, then this editing work will fix it!)
Your editor will include general structuring suggestions if we see minor writing flow problems. However, if your writing is full of “challenges to understanding” or is not structured on a theme, then we may suggest the next step up…
Developmental editing / Comprehensive editing
(This type of service normally attracts a $0.09 a word charge, for example, but we charge only $0.07 per word).
As Power of Words analyse non-fiction titles, we look at your target readership, purpose of the book, and possible uses of the final book. Here we examine whether the content is complete and appropriate, if the concepts are well developed; and ensure that material is well organised. (Jennifer is the book editor who will carry out the work and give you extra helpful marketing tips).
Comprehensive Editing inclusions:
- Correction of spelling and grammar (in the second round usually)
- Ensure consistency of voice
- Check that illustrations, tables and bullet lists are used effectively throughout
- The initial review (suggestions to improve your book) may well save you $525 for a further round of editing
- Instructions for re-writing certain parts to improve the clarity, structure and flow, plus examples
- Suggestions on removal of extraneous text (after review) or
- Suggestions on creating a more persuasive argument, with examples, evidence, and comparisons
- Your feedback and discussion of changes to keep
Typical in traditional publishing, this ‘experienced eye’ looking at your work conceptually can really help create a better book. That said, most who use major league publishing services do not receive helpful developmental editing. Frankly, some book editing services are not worth two cents, never mind the hundreds they hold authors to ransom for. If you want a better quality outcome for less total cost, hire a freelance book editor.
Other Co-writing Options
If you want the message and story to be published, but your writing is not at the level needed to engage, then consider co-authoring services. With us, it may not be as expensive as imagined. As a co-writer we can take your initial ideas and expand on it, finding industry references, quotations, and making tips boxes/summaries that educate and engage the reader.
Please ask us for a quick estimate before doing hundreds of hours of writing, sweating and struggling over your words. (Please note that this is not ghostwriting, so a small byline under yours would be usual).
What does the Initial Review of manuscript mean?
Initial Review is looking over your book before full editing to advise you to change or extend any parts that might need more content. For example, suggesting you add an introduction to explain how your theories came to be. This can add to your final book’s quality and saleability. It can save you $$$ because you don’t have to pay for another full edit of your book.
What Personal Qualities Do I Bring as Your Editor?
I’m a freak for nonfiction both as a writer and as a reader, including books from these categories:
- Personal development / Self-help
- Business Marketing / Marketing to women
- Property & Wealth
- Business people’s biographies
In addition, I have ghost written a book which is part biographies/part traits. My favourite style of book is one where you are learning something but there is a compelling real life story (or stories) running through it. This is what made “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” the success it was. Inspiring stories of hope and triumph are also winners with women.
Call Jennifer on 0403 125 038 for all your book editing and design needs.