Contact me via e-mail or use the “Schedule An Edit” form right here on this website. Include a brief one-paragraph description of your project. If your work falls within my area of expertise, I’d like to serve as your editor. I don’t want your money if I feel someone else could be better for you. If you choose to proceed you may then forward a complete copy of your project as an e-mail electronic file attachment. I will evaluate your format and possibly recommend minor modifications, then provide you with an exact quote for my editorial services.
IF YOUR PROJECT IS LESS THAN 30,000 WORDS
With smaller projects I use a flat 20 dollar per hour rate. I prefer to work on a digital copy (ie Word). The amount of time I spend working on your manuscript will be documented and a complete record will be provided. I recently edited a children’s book that had a total of sixty words. As you can see on a project like that, per word charges does not make sense. I do require a 20% down payment based on the estimated time to complete the job. I will return your work to you with a full report of my findings and recommendations. Also, I would be happy to speak with you to review the edit, answer any questions or address your concerns. In fact I would encourage you to request this.
IF YOUR PROJECT IS GREATER THAN 30,000 WORDS
OPTION #1 – You can send a hardcopy to me. My fee is 1.1 cents per word (per your software’s word count). For example a 70,000 word manuscript would cost $770.00. Depending upon my work load at the time, your edit will usually begin upon receipt of the manuscript. I do require payment in full before beginning the physical edit. I will return your work to you within two weeks with a full report of my findings and recommendations. Also, I would be happy to speak with you to review the edit, answer any questions or address your concerns. In fact I would encourage you to request this.
Ship your manuscript to:
P.O. Box 2368
Vancouver, Wa 98668
OPTION #2 – If you prefer me to print your work for you, add ten-cents per double-spaced page to the fee determined above. For example a 300 page manuscript would add an additional $30.00 printing fee. This option includes all of the points in option 1 and saves you the cost of paper and printing, as well as the time and expense of shipping your manuscript to me. This option also speeds the process. In most cases, your edit will begin within 48 hours of your initial contact.
OPTION #3 – If you prefer me to work directly with your digital copy, my fee is 2.2 cents per word. For example a 70,000 word manuscript would cost $1,540.00. This option includes correction of all basic, minor mistakes but no rewriting. For example, I will make all punctuation and spelling corrections but will not correct incomplete sentences. However these types of issues will be pointed out in the final report and depending on your software with digital markup as well. In the vast majority of cases your edit will begin upon receipt of payment in full and your manuscript will be returned to you via e-mail within three weeks. The reason for the increase in price is simply the time and work involved in fixing the errors. Also, I would be happy to speak with you to review the edit, answer any questions or address your concerns. In fact I would encourage you to request this.
I always do my best to make the deadlines as stated above. However, there maybe instances when extend time is required. I will let you know upfront if my schedule is running slower. If you are facing a hard deadline and need the work completed faster, I will work with you to hit your goals. In these cases additional costs may apply.
Payment must be made in full in order for work to begin unless a prearranged agreement has been made. Edit Right 4u will work with you to make your payments as painless as possible. We except check, money order or PayPal.
Why is total payment in advance necessary?
To get the best, most accurate evaluation of your work, an editor must be totally honest in his/her remarks. If payment is time based an editor may have a tendency to sugar-coat their comments to assure receipt of the final payment. Remember, you’re paying for honest criticism. You may not agree with everything your editor says about your work. Sometimes the truth hurts, but only total honesty from your book editor will prove helpful.
What I can’t pay everything upfront?
We will try to work with you find a payment plan that will work for both parties. It is our goal to provide the best possible service, at a reasonable cost. We want to edit your project.
Do you Still have questions?
I want to make you as comfortable as possible about this process. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the “Schedule An Edit” tab on this page and we can set up a phone conference to review any of this information and get you your answers.
Ronald D. Hood