INTRODUCTION

To give my best to my clients

and to keep a good balance in my own life,

I am now focusing on copy editing and proofreading only.

In response to a couple of inquiries, I do not offer ghost writing.

 

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COPY EDITING

What I’ll do for you:

  • Through comments on the manuscript (using Track Changes), I give your manuscript a thorough grammar check, as well as checking for spelling and typographical errors, incorrect word use, capitalization, punctuation, clarity, sentence structure, redundancies and/or inconsistencies, consistent point of view and consistent verb tense.
  • Note that this is NOT a manuscript evaluation, nor developmental editing. The sole focus is the mechanics of the writing.

I can work with you on:

  • Manuscripts: picture books (fiction or nonfiction), chapter books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, to adult fiction.

I can work in the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, PDF.

What does this cost?

  • The rate for regular copy editing is a per-page rate, based on the industry standard which considers a page to be 250 words, double-spaced, in Times New Roman format.
  • Send me your word count, I’ll calculate how many pages it is and send you a quote.
  • The current rate is $6.50 per page in Canadian funds (PayPal does the currency conversion), with a minimum charge of $40.00. If you want to get a general idea of what the cost to you will be, expressed in your currency, you can use a website such as xe.com or similar.

Ready to get started?

  • Check out the PROCEDURES page for an overview of all the steps, then go to the contact page, and send your request in an email to mail (at) flubs2fixes (dot) com (replacing the bracketed words with the appropriate symbols). I’ll get back to you within 48 hours (usually sooner than that) with a welcome letter including a quote, the suggested time frame for the project, and the next steps.

Still not sure?

  • See what other clients have said about working with me, or check out the other services I offer — perhaps one of them is more what you’re looking for.
PROOFREADING

About proofreading:

  • Proofreading isn’t just simplified copy editing. It is a very important step in the process of publishing, and for those who are self/independently publishing, it is a crucial step.
  • It is literally, the reading of the “proof” — the copy of the book that you see just before it is published. The proofreader makes one last pass over the entire work to ensure that no errors have crept in during the typesetting process. You want your reader’s focus to be on your story, not on the errors they find on the page.

What I offer:

Stage 1 Proofreading:

  • A thorough reading of the entire proof of the manuscript, as it is set up ready to print. This is usually in Word or PDF format. It is best if I have the original manuscript as well so that I can compare the two.

I will check for

  • typographical errors
  • formatting errors and irregularities (“widow” lines at the end of a page, etc.)
  • awkward end-of-line word divisions
  • alignment, line length, spacing
  • consistent font size and style
  • checking against the original manuscript to ensure there have been no omissions

Note that this is NOT copy editing and will not include reading for clarity, sentence structure, grammar, point of view and the like. This should all have been dealt with prior to the proof stage.

Stage 2 Proofreading:

  • If the client wishes, I can do a second proof read after the corrections have been made. This will focus solely on ensuring that the changes have been made and that the corrections have not created any new problems with spacing, pagination, and the like.

What you receive:

  • Comments in the margin of the manuscript using the track changes feature in Microsoft Word OR notes on the PDF.

You also receive:

  • One round of clarification questions following the return of your proofread document. This is optional and you initiate it.
  • This question and answer session will be conducted by email, preferably with the questions sent as a Word or Pages document which I can then annotate with my answers.
  • There is no extra charge for this one round of questions.

What does this cost?

  • The regular rate is a per-page rate, based on the industry standard which considers a page to be 250 words, double-spaced, in Times New Roman format.
  • The current rate for Stage 1 Proofreading is $4.50 per page, with a minimum charge of $25.00. The current rate for Stage 2 Proofreading is $3.50 per page, with a minimum charge of $20.00. These rates are in Canadian dollars. If you want to get a general idea of what the cost to you will be, expressed in your currency, you can use a website such as xe.com or similar.

When you request my services, please let me know the word-count of your manuscript so that I can calculate the page count based on the above standard. Quoting a page count that is in some other font or spacing will not give an accurate picture of the scope of the project.

Ready to get started?

  • Check out the PROCEDURES page for an overview of all the steps, then send your request in an email to mail (at) flubs2fixes (dot) com   (replacing the bracketed words with the appropriate symbols). I’ll get back to you within 48 hours (usually sooner than that) with a welcome letter including a quote, the suggested time frame for the project, and the next steps.

Still not sure?

  • See what other clients have said about working with me, or check out the other services I offer — perhaps one of them is more what you’re looking for.
CLIENT PRIVACY, SECURITY, CONFIDENTIALITY

All documents are treated in a confidential manner. No work will be given to a third party, nor will I mention any part of your work to anyone else. I do not share names of clients with anyone, except where you have specifically granted permission, such as for a testimonial on this website. Your manuscript and your ideas are safe with me. I will not make use of them in any way except to provide the editing services for which you have contracted with me. I will retain your manuscript only until we have completed the editing process, including answering your questions to your satisfaction, and then will delete it from my computer. In accordance with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”), I will never knowingly request or accept personally identifiable information from children under thirteen (13) years of age without parental consent. Please see my privacy policy for further information.