For Book Review Services:
I know it’s not a popular thing to do, but I charge for book review requests. Why? Because time is money for writers, just like any other profession. If I’m going to spend 10 or more hours reading, and another 2-4 hours writing up a review to help someone market their book, my time deserves to be compensated. I’m delivering a marketing service, after all. … But because I know this is such an unpopular, industry-wide thing, this business of assuming a free book will pay your bills, I will low-ball my rates.
For $5 per hour, estimating at least 10 hours per book, I’ll charge a flat fee of $50 per review. At that rate, you’re still getting any extra hours needed for reading, plus the extra 2 or more hours it would take to write, proof, and publish the review for free. “Rush” services may acquire an extra fee to make up for dropping other projects to meet your deadline. Turn around rate is generally 2-3 weeks, depending on the length of the book.
For book reviews, I accept non-fiction and fiction. For non-fiction, I prefer it to be related to the craft or business of writing, since that is the nature of this blog. For fiction, I will accept fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, speculative, historical, horror, literary, steampunk, adventure, and YA fiction genres. Absolutely no erotica, religious, or hate-type literature will be accepted. Romance needs more than just a romance for it to grab and hold my attention, usually. I like it as a side course, but not as a main dish. You should pick a reviewer that best matches the genre of your publication, so she can share your passion for the book as much as possible. If you’re not sure whether your work fits into my niche, contact me and we can discuss it.
I cannot guarantee positive reviews. I give honest reviews with literary analysis, so if I get 3-5 chapters into the book and feel I cannot give it at least an average review (three stars or higher), I will notify you where I feel more work needs to be done, or whether it’s just a bad match for this particular reader. In such cases, I will offer a partial refund.
For Editing Services:
I will accept non-fiction smaller works, like essays or blog articles. I will also accept non-fiction books that do not have research citations, such as memoirs. No non-fiction books with dozens of footnotes or bibliography citations, please.
My expertise and enjoyment lie in fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, speculative, historical, horror, literary, steampunk, adventure, and YA fiction genres. Absolutely no erotica, religious, or hate-type literature will be accepted. Romance needs more than just a romance for it to grab and hold my attention, usually. You should pick an editor that best matches the genre of your publication, so she can share your passion for producing the best version of the work possible. If you’re not sure whether your work fits into my niche, contact me and we can discuss it.
Know your word count when contacting me for editing services. Know your deadline. I will need this information to estimate how much time it will take to do the task. If there is a preference for American or British English, or a particular style guide, please include that in your correspondence. (Because even though the Chicago Manual of Style is the most common American English guide, there is no official American style guide.)
It is also helpful to let me know whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or advanced writer. Beginners tend to need more help, so this should be taken into consideration when choosing the kind of editing and time it might take to correct errors.
Types of Editing Services:
Beta Reading — This is a complete read-through of an unfinished manuscript. It IS editorial work; it just doesn’t go as deep and isn’t as comprehensive as content editing. When I beta read, I offer a “buffet” of marking glaring errors, noting areas where I feel content is weak or strong, and give an overall opinion of the work as a whole. Beta reading is like a review reading, but with feedback in the form of developmental editing, rather than a promotional blog article. Like with book reviewing, a lot of people do this for free or expect it to be done for free. I’ve done it free for close friends, and have been immensely grateful for close friends who have volunteered to do this for me. I’ve also done it as a barter trade with other writers. But the advantage of hiring a professional beta reader that you don’t know is two-fold. 1) You are getting feedback from a fresh, unbiased reader who is more likely to give you the constructive criticism necessary to help you improve both the book and your writing. 2) You are guaranteed a “buffet-style” editorial package with a deadline turnaround, rather than feedback such as, “I loved it!”, or (what I hate most) readers who offer to beta for free, but take your script and you never hear from them again. And investment in a professional beta reader offers the most service for the lowest price, and as such (depending on the skill level of the beta-reader and the level of work already done on the draft), it can sometimes even replace other editorial services. If you’re short on cash, but want a fresh pair of eyes to double-check your work, this is a service worth much more than the fees professional beta readers usually charge for it.
Proofreading – This is a simple check for technical imperfections, such as misspelled words, incorrect punctuation, and other grammar issues.
Copy Editing – This is a more thorough check for errors, along with possible restructuring for flow or consistency. It is more difficult, and therefore takes more time. It’s sometimes called line editing because of the line-by-line, thorough checking involved.
Content Editing – This is the most intensive kind of editing and can involve content addition, re-writing, and even partial creation. Close attention is given to plot detail, character development, writing style, and overall impressions of where stories are weak and strong. This service consists mostly of developmental editing, but often includes the checks for errors, flow, and consistency found in the others. Needless to say, this takes more time and requires good communication between editor and writer to do a quality job.
Flat Fee — Because beta reading IS a “buffet-style” version of developmental editorial work, I charge a flat fee of $15 for a professional beta read on an average-sized script (90K words). Larger scripts can expect a slightly higher rate, depending on word count, but no more than $30. Beta reading is the only editorial service I offer for a flat rate.
Pay per Hour — $20 per hour. (Average 5-10 pages per hour is standard for the Editorial Freelancers Association, depending on type of editing.) This will apply to projects of 10 pages or less, regardless of what kind of editing you request. But I still need to know what level of editing you prefer.
Pay per Page — $3 per hour for proofreading, $4 for copy editing, $7.50 for content editing. (Average page has about 250 words, so this is the standard used to calculate fees for most editors.) This will apply to manuscripts under 10,000 words.
Pay per Word — $0.10 per word proofreading, $0.12 per word for copy editing, $0.14 for content editing of manuscripts over 10,000 words.
Turnaround will be based on the length of the project and deadline negotiations.
For Illustration Services:
Commissioned illustrations are royalty-free, but I own the copyright. That means we agree that each of us can reuse the designs as much as we want. You don’t have to pay royalties or ask permission every time you wish to reproduce the design, but I get full credit for design and also can reuse it. If you wish to alter the design drastically, that needs to be agreed upon with permissions. And if you want exclusivity (so that I can’t use it, nor can anyone else), that will have to be negotiated through increase in fees or royalty licensing.
I am offering small illustrations (“spots”) for a flat fee of $15 for black and white, $30 for color. These are illustrations that typically take up less than a quarter of a page. (Portfolio coming soon.)
If you wish to commission me for quarter page, half-page, full-page, or cover illustration, contact me and we will see if I’m the artist to suit your needs. I have done bigger projects in the past. I’m open to doing them again. But they will have to be negotiated individually based on the skill level and complexity of the design you’re looking for and the time I have available for larger projects.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to hire me for any of the above services.