Manuscript Maintenance

Edit | Format | Proofread

Free Sample Edit

Max of 1000 words
Turnaround time: 1 week
($10 Rush fee)

The Letterers Collective offers 1000-word sample edits for fiction manuscripts to allow authors to select the correct type of editing and check the compatibility of TLC and the author. Provide us with a sample of your work below, specify the type of editing you’re looking for (content, line, proofreading), and we’ll return a .docx file with your sample edited using track changes in Microsoft Word within one (1) week. (Rush fee of $10 for decreasing the turnaround time to 2-3 days.) Should you select The Letterers Collective as your editing team, we will reduce your submitted word count and editing fee by 1000 words.

Content Edit

Starting at $.006/word
Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks
(Rush Fee 25% of total)

Content editing is a deep dive through your manuscript to look for inconsistencies, plot holes, and contradictions throughout the story and characters. An Editor’s Report with overall suggestions and a semi-marked up file will be provided when content edit is complete.

Copyedit

Starting at $.005/word
Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks
(Rush Fee 25% of total)

Copyedit (or line edit) includes three passes through your manuscript focusing on grammar, punctuation, word choice, sentence structure, repeated or missing words, spelling, and other things on a line-by-line level. If we do find something bigger, we will make a note for you but won’t make any suggestions. A fully marked-up file will be returned along with a report of things to keep an eye out for in your next novel.

Light Copyedit

Starting at $.004/word
Turnaround time: 3-4 weeks
(Rush Fee 25% of total)

Your manuscript has been through betas and an developmental/content editor, but you know it still needs work and isn’t quite ready for publishing. A light copyedit/proofread will include two passes through your manuscript looking for grammar, punctuation, word choice, sentence structure, repeated or missing words, spelling, and other things on a line-by-line level. We do not look for anything bigger at this point.

Format

Starting at $.003/word
Turnaround time: 2 weeks
(Rush Fee 25% of total)

Using the Vellum Press software, we are able to create your ebook (Kindle/mobi, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, generic ePub) and print formats at the same time. This saves you time and money as we do not have to format separately! Custom print formatting and ARC files available upon request.

We save all formatting files until you tell us otherwise. Up to 5 typo/change requests are included in the initial formatting fee. If you are requesting multiple typos or grammatical errors to be fixed or major changes applied, we will bill at our hourly rate of $45 and may suggest a copyedit on your manuscript. Yearly updates to front and back matter are also included.

Final Proofread

Starting at $.003/word
Turnaround time: 2-3 weeks
(Rush Fee 25% of total)

You’ve had several eyes on your manuscript and are happy with what you have, but you want one more pair of eyes to scour your sentences for those straggling typos and errant punctuation. This is done in one pass after formatting and a list of changes will be provided for your formatter. If The Letterers Collective is formatting, we will provide a list for your approval and will make the changes before sending your final files.

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