Opt. 3 - If you do not yet have a completed manuscript and wish to have it edited as you progress, we can work on a per chapter basis. I request an initial good faith deposit/down payment; I will then give you an estimate per chapter as it progresses. If you approve, I will then put it in queue.
Opt. 1 - If you wish to be involved in the process and be kept informed every step of the way, I will take your draft and edit by color-coding it. This seems to work better as changes are easier to see and is less confusing than the lines on Word Tracker.
I will send a chapter or a section at a time for you to review. All you will need do is make any additions or comments to me in different unused colors. Then return it to me and I will make all appropriate changes, remove the color-coding, and save it to the next draft.
The timeframe is largely determined by how soon we get it back to each other. I then add it to the queue; this is usually not a problem, as I am always working on others while waiting for work to be returned.
Opt. 2 - If you prefer, as some do, especially if you do not have the time or wish to be that involved, I will edit and restructure as needed and submit for your review/approval. You can then make your comments in a different color and we will recreate a new draft from that point. Of course, I will seek your opinion if I encounter a questionable area; we can also discuss what is best for the book. This too can be done in chapters or sections as desired, or wait until completion.
Jami Lynn Sands
Types of Editing
Depending on the readiness of your manuscript and your goals, here are some options. Fees will vary depending on length of manuscript, work required, and time involved. I request an unformatted Word document (I have Word for Mac). This allows me to make suggestions right on the document. Pdf format and some other forms of files cannot be altered and are sometimes a problem to convert for editing. Types of editing that may be needed are:
A. It can be as simple as general editing that includes grammar, punctuation, and correction of typos.
B. In addition to the above, it will also require what is referred to as copyediting. This is a must, particularly for non-fiction. There are different levels of copyediting. It is much more comprehensive and may involve restructuring of sentences and/or paragraphs where needed for better flow. It may only be a matter of rewording, or in some cases may require eliminating unnecessary content or expanding on some content to add clarity. It may also require moving some content around, as well as checking it for accuracy. If appropriate, I will also make suggestions or recommendations for titles, subtitles, etc. that I believe would benefit the manuscript.
C. If your first language is not English, but you have had it translated into English, it may still require some extensive restructuring so that it flows well and is in 'conversational English' for a western/American market.
D. Proofreading is normally done after you have received your proof copy or copies. It is the final step before you hit the publishing button, for those who are self-publishing. By this time you should already have a marketing plan in place, so that you are off and running when it comes off the presses.