Literally Addicted to Detail offers line editing, copy editing, proofreading, beta reading, back cover copy and tagline creation, book/series compendium research and creation services, and a la carte virtual assistance services at competitive rates. Read on for more info...
Level 1 Proofreading Package:
In Level 1 Proofreading, I will find and report any typographical, spelling, and punctuation errors, as well as perform an informed analysis of the work, providing commentary and suggestions from a reader focused perspective (a content focused beta read).
Proofreading is done after line and copy edits, and is usually the 'last line of defense' before a manuscript is formatted for publication. If you feel you need attention to detail for sentence structure, grammar, etc., I would suggest a Level 2 Editing Package.
PRICING: Level 1 Proofreading is billed at $2.50/every 250 words [page] based on the industry standard Arial 12pt font, double spaced format. For example, a 35,000 word manuscript would be $350, and would be billed at project retention.
Level 1 Proofreading is 1 pass, and base turnaround time is calculated up front based on my standard editing speed for medium-level proofreading changes and other contracted projects already in queue. If a second pass is desired based on the amount of changes suggested in first pass, I will do a second pass for $1.50/250 words.
RUSH: If rush turnaround (3 days or less) is needed for a Level 1 over 125 pages and I am able to do it with my other contractual obligations, an additional $85 is required.
Level 2 Editing Package:
In Level 2 Editing, I will provide 'big picture' Content feedback, Line Editing analysis, plus detailed Level 1 Proofreading notes (typographical, punctuation, and spelling errors). I will also report on any grammar issues, sentence structure problems, word choice, consistency of tone, flow of ideas, emphasis, dialogue, etc.
PRICING: Level 2 Editing is billed at $3.50/every 250 words [page] based on the industry standard Arial 12pt font, double spaced format. For example, a 35,000 word manuscript would be $490, and would be billed in two invoices of $245--a deposit at project retention, and the balance within 48 hours of project completion.
Level 2 Editing is always 2 full passes, and base turnaround time is calculated up front based on my standard editing speed for medium-level edits and other contracted projects already in queue. The second pass turnaround is dependent upon how quickly the author can return completed first pass. It should be noted, however, that I always do three passes. I do two initially for 'first pass' and then another after the author has done their changes, so rates include three read-throughs.
RUSH: If rush turnaround (3 days or less) is needed for a Level 2 over 125 pages and I am able to do it with my other contractual obligations, an additional $135 is required.
ADDITIONAL FEES: If considerable re-writes are needed because of tense issues, etc, and the author does not wish to revise before first pass, instead having me just make the changes for them,an additional fee will be added for any hours spent beyond the hours allotted for the original page count (not to exceed an additional first half balance).
Beta Reading Package:
- The definition of alpha and beta reading across the industry is widely varied, and while most times I feel that beta readers shouldn't be paid, there comes a time when a beta reader is needed and those that usually do the favors for you as an author are unavailable. Because beta reading is time sensitive, taking on a job can cut into other editing/proofreading/compendium jobs currently in progress in order to provide feedback as soon as possible. Therefore, as a company, I find it necessary to charge for the time. As a beta reader, I will objectively evaluate the text, identifying its underlying form and provide personal reactions to flow, imagery, metaphor, symbolism, dialogue, etc (i.e: 'I don't think she'd say that there,' 'this doesn't feel right to me', 'how did the character get to xyz,' 'this part works wonderfully,' etc.).
PRICING: Beta reading is billed at the following - Manuscripts up to 150 pages (37,500 words) - $150. 151-250 pages (up to 62,500 words) - $250. 251-300 pages (up to 75,000 words) - $300*. *If the total page count is close to the low end cutoff, I will of course negotiate the lowest rate.
- RUSH: If rush turnaround is needed (3 days or less for a book over 150 pages) for a beta and I am able to do it with my other contractual obligations, an additional $25 for books up to 150 pages, $50 for books up to 250 pages, and $75 for books up to 300 pages is required.
In addition to margin notes, I generally use this checklist when doing beta reads:
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Compendium research and creation
Series Compendiums (bibles):
In research and creation of a Book/Series Bible, I will read through your book(s) making notes of all character attributes, important setting information, timeline data, definitions and descriptions, important things to the book/series, etc and compile concise documents with all pertinent details, giving you zipped folders of Character files, Place/Setting files, Timeline files, etc. at the end. Upon completion of the bible I will also relay any discrepancies I may have noted throughout my research.
PRICING: Book bibles are billed at the following: $130/book up to 150 pages (37,500 words). $180/book for manuscripts 151-200 pages (up to 50,000 words). $210/book for manuscripts 201-300 pages (up to 75,000 words)*
*Books over 300 pages must be discussed in further detail to determine a rate, though I generally take the total page count and come to a total that's a combination of the rates above. Example, if a project is 2 books with a total of 180,000 words, I would charge 2 x the 'up to 75,000' rate + the 'up to 37,500' rate, for a total bill of $450.
**Notes: If the series is a combination of several books and novellas, we can work out a deal with the rate so that the novellas aren't the standard $100 rate, but instead a discounted rate along with the full rate for the full length novels.
If you use Scrivener for Mac, please let me know. I prefer to use Scrivener to put together the bible projects and then share the final .Scriv project file. If you do not use Scrivener for Mac and do not wish to download it, I can get you zipped folders of the files in Word, it's just not as auto-organized as it is if it's directly in Scrivener and shared that way.
--> Bible projects of more than 500 pages generally take a minimum of 3 months to complete, and can take longer depending on the level of detail in the manuscripts. I will take on additional projects, but because I can only immerse myself in one series at a time to stop from corrupting data retention there is a queue and bottleneck for bible contracts.
*As of 6/1/16 I am not taking new projects for compendium work. I am backlogged at the moment and trying to catch up. I will update if and when that changes.
Additional Add-On Services (Back Cover Copy, Taglines...)
Can't figure out what you want as your synopsis on the back cover? Think it might be easier for your editor to help? I can do that! I'll create a back cover blurb for your new book and work with you until we have it just right. Have a back cover blurb, but need a witty or interesting front cover tag line? I can do that too. :) *These are add-on services done along with Level 1 and Level 2 contracts. Can be added to a BETA as well if needed.
PRICING: Billed at the following: Back cover blurb - $20. Front cover tag line - $10. Both - $25.
*Examples of blurbs I've either fully written or collaborated on with the author can be found HERE.
Additional Services (Virtual Author Assistant services)
Need to free up some more time to write? I can help with that, too! I can create and organize advance reading copy review teams, put out your monthly newsletters, handle promotional social media posts, run Facebook parties, and more.
NOTE: I am not currently taking on any other full-time clients, but if our schedules mesh, I am more than willing to help you with some of the things that are holding you back from accessing your creative freedom. Services are a la carte, depending on your needs and my availability.
PRICING: Billed at the following: Hourly - $25/