Checking your text before sending it to a publisher is crucial. This isn't the same as a manuscript appraisal because the work is done for you here.
Copy-editing, writing books and fees
Copy-editing books, fiction or non-fiction, involves checking over your text for literacy and other essential elements and correcting them. These include:
Editing and rewriting £27.00 per hour
Researching and writing books £275 per 1,000 words
Fees are in line with NUJ rates but the full fee depends on the complexity of each work. The reasons for this are given below.
Reading and assessment
Reading and correcting or editing a novel can be time-consuming work. Some manuscripts are more complex than others and they all vary in length.
It may be that when I receive your manuscript, I will feel that it isn't ready for publication and that the amount of work I would need to do would exceed the fee quoted. In that case, I would suggest that more work is carried out on it by you before I would be prepared to work on it.
So that I can assess your work, I suggest sending me the manuscript by mail. I will read through it and copy-edit the first chapter (up to 3,000 words) under the scheme you have chosen above and return it to you with a brief report. I will then be able to assess whether it is ready to go ahead, how much work will be involved and how long it might take me.
Payment and terms
The fee for reading and assessment will be £55 payable in advance. If we then decide to go ahead with the copy-editing, this amount will be deducted from your invoice. At this stage, I will be able to see more clearly how much work is likely to be involved. I can then give you a definite quote for the rest of the manuscript. If you accept my quote, 50% of the fee must be paid in advance and the rest when the work is finished.
The instructions for presenting and sending manuscripts are given on the Appraisals sub-page.
The terms and conditions given on the Appraisal page are applicable to submission of manuscripts for sub-editing.
Copy-editing short stories up to 5,000 words £35.00