Kenneth J. M. MacLean
5976 Leland Dr.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
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734 223 4933
Before we agree to work together, I first require a selection of your writing. Please send me, via email, a 1,000 word sample of your manuscript, to firstname.lastname@example.org , along with your requirements. Save the file as a Word document. Include also a brief description of your book, and a total word count of your full manuscript. I will then send you back a free estimate for the cost of editing the entire manuscript.
My professional fee varies according to my estimate of the amount of work needed, and how long it will take to complete the edit. I will determine that from your sample, and the word count of your full manuscript. Obviously, good writing, regardless of genre, will take less time to edit than poor writing, and my estimate will reflect this.
After we have agreed to work together and payment has been made, send the full manuscript, in Word format, to email@example.com . Do not send the full manuscript or make a payment without prior arrangement.
The fee must be paid in advance of the work. Authors and Publishers: once we have established a business relationship, the up-front fee can be waived.
I reserve the right to reject your manuscript if:
There are too many errors or the writing quality is too poor. In this case, I wouldn't be able to constructively help you. You do get a free estimation of your sample, however, which will tell you where you need to improve. You may then resubmit your book to me at any time. This way you save money and I utilize my time efficiently.
Your manuscript is polished and in excellent shape. You shouldn't have to waste your money paying a professional editor to critique an already excellent manuscript.
In both cases, I will refund your money -- minus a 20% editing overview fee -- and return your document.
Non-fiction, particularly academic writing, takes more work to edit than fiction. My quote will reflect this.
In addition to the standard professional edit, I will also make constructive comments about anything I like in your work, as well as anything I feel needs improvement. These comments will be from a general reader's point of view. I always find these suggestions very helpful in my own writing.
If there are similar, repetitive errors throughout the document, I will make all the necessary recommendations for improving the work and then stop at that stage, before reaching the end of the manuscript. This is standard editing practice. There is no benefit to you if I continue to make the same suggestions and changes over and over again.
I will comprehensively edit your manuscript only once through. I am happy to discuss issues with the author via email. The cost of a follow-up edit depends on the amount of work it takes.
I will edit your material in Microsoft Word. Word gives us a basic manuscript layout, or "look and feel," for editing purposes. Your publisher will then refine and tweak the edited layout for printing, or I can do that for you with professional desktop publishing software.
To see the changes I made, just click "Review" on the ribbon toggle back and forth between "Final Showing Markup" and "Final." Simple! As the author, you can accept or reject any of the edits I made.
After the edit has been completed your job is to look over the manuscript and revise the document, following the guidelines and comments I've given you. Especially for creative writing, I will usually make extensive comments that may require you to do some rewriting.
You have the option, for an additional fee, to send the manuscript back to me for a final follow-up proofread/edit.
I will give you an estimate, before I begin the work, of the additional cost. If you have done a good job of rewriting, it will take me less time.
To pay your editing fee, go to Payment.php.
You will be directed to a secure https site where you can send the funds either by Pay Pal, or credit card.
P.S. I love books and I love writing. Editing is something I really like to do; it's not just a job. A book is like a child. It's your creation! Having written 8 books myself, I know how much work you have already put into it, and how much you want others to read and enjoy your work. You need someone who is meticulous and who actually cares about what you have written, and has the desire and ability to make it the very best it can be. These are the vital intangibles that I offer to every author and every book that comes to me.
I look forward to working with you!