Is this book editing or proofreading?
Neither, actually – there are some newer tools for proofreading, and although it’s very tedious and time-consuming, it’s not a high value skill. It’s important, sure, your book should be clean! But fixing the typos won’t actually make it better.
Copy editing or line editing usually helps revise and rewrite a little, but not too much. It makes it better by removing flaws, mistakes, redundancies, errors or weak writing.
We do offer those services in our normal packages – but we charge $0.06/word to do all that and offer deep, insightful editorial critique and comments in our “Perfect Murder” package. But some authors want the heavy stuff and not the light stuff, and we haven’t had a service for that yet, so this is us trying something new.
As I mentioned, a lot of editors offer this service already, and since there are newer tools to proofread and edit, we’re going to focus on this direction: the high value, high skill feedback on your actual story, so you can make it better. We can do this at the beginning, if you’re still planning and plotting; or at the end, when you have a pile of notes and a rough manuscript but you know it just isn’t working, or ready to publish.
Pricing details for the manuscript critique service
I’m pretty flexible, so round up or down. Most people charge by 50K or 100K, but I know that most manuscripts are in between or above (mine are typically 75K or 130K).
65K should be about enough for a rough draft that needs fleshing out.
130K is probably a little full of bloat that needs trimming or reducing.
I can help with either. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out by email, but keep in mind by the time I reply back to you, these spots might be gone already.
$997 full manuscript review
You can checkout with Paypal HERE, or you can also get this discount from my course platform here (and get a few book marketing courses and bonuses automatically).
BONUSES! (Literary services)
I’m still insecure about doing the coaching calls I offered up above, so I’m giving you an option. Sometimes, it’s great to talk with someone and bounce ideas around. You can learn a ton in 30 minutes of 1-on-1 with me. I’m offering it because I think you might want it. And technically it’s less work for me (it’s just talking about stuff I know about).
But I’m reluctant because I feel like I can get faster results for you by just doing the work myself – which is a chronic problem I have; trying to take over and control everything. But I’m adding this info here, as something you can trade your coaching slots for, if you (like me) are an introvert who doesn’t really want to chat anyway, or you’re a busy extrovert who is short on time and needs a marketing expert to just hone up your sales copy so you can sell more books… I’ve got you.
Our literary services are meant to help you quickly fix core issues in your book that could kill its success. Don’t overspend on editors who will polish the story you have, without first considering your book’s commercial potential. If you want to get a head start on your book marketing and ensure the ultimate success of your project, we recommend starting with these literary services before you hire one of our professional editors to go deeper.
Market Analysis and Metadata optimization
Make it easy for readers to find you! We’ll identify the right market for your book, and suggest the keywords and categories to help readers find your books online. SEO experts will help position so that it gets discovered organically on Amazon or Google.
Blurb Revision and Amazon Page
We’ll help make sure you correctly categorize your book and choose the right keywords, but getting found isn’t enough. You need a blurb that actually sells the book. We’ll rewrite the blurb to balance the fine line between discoverability and intrigue. We’ll also help you create 3 brilliant “hooks” you can test in your marketing or sales copy.
Author Platform Assistance
Before saying yes to your book, agents and publishers are going to review your author website and social media profiles, to make sure you’ve put some effort into building a platform and developing a relationship with their readers.
If you’re self-publishing, your platform will be even more important, because success will depend on cultivating fans and connecting with other authors in your genre. You’ll need to build a list of beta-readers to get reviews on your book quickly, or your book will be dead on arrival.
We’ve built several online courses on building an author platform, setting up your website and email list, getting social media followers quickly, and how to communicate with your fans. But we also have an “Author Platform Audit” service I’ll add here – basically I’ll make a short review video going over your whole platform, point out some quick wins or red flags, so you can take action before you run into problems or waste money on a failed book launch (if your book doesn’t convert the right audience into buyers and readers).