Ask an Editor

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20 comments on “Ask an Editor
  1. Charmaine Galloway says:

    I want to self publish my book but I would like to know how much will it cost to edit the draft.

    • admin says:

      Hi Charmaine,

      All manuscripts are different and therefore need different things. The manuscript review allows us to review your book so that we know what it needs specifically. Once we have reviewed your manuscript we will be able to provide you with an estimate. Your reply will include sample edits, a fee, a payout, and a schedule. The $125 manuscript assessment fee is taken out of the final manuscript fee.

      Follow this link learn more about our manuscript review service. There you will see a sample review, from an actual manuscript, the services provided, and the fees charged.

      • David says:

        Many novels, like for example Middle Passage by Charles Johnson’s Middle Passage have group discussion questions at the back. Have you ever prepared such questions for a novel? Are those services you provide?

        • Carol Taylor says:

          Hi David,

          That’s a great question. Working with authors to create a Reading Group Discussion Guide would fall under Editorial Consultation. The editor reads the book then works with the author to come up with questions and answers for the guide. The guide consists of an INTRODUCTION, which is a summary of the book and DISCUSSIONS: the reading group discussion questions, a DISCUSSION WITH THE AUTHOR that consists of questions and answers. The editor then edits the questions and answers and creates the format for the guide. The editor then delivers a Word document to the author. A reading group discussion guide takes between two and three weeks, depending on the length of the book. The fee is $300 for up to 10 Discussion questions, and a minimum of 5 Discussion With The Author questions and Answers. The fee goes up $25 for each additional Discussion question or Author Discussion question and answer after that. The payout is $200 to start and the final payment is due on completion.

          Reading Group Guide Discussion questions and an Author Q&A help to facilitate discussions for reading groups and book clubs. Readers may also be more likely to choose books that have a Reading Group Guide for discussion in their clubs. This can help to generate sales. It’s also helpful for publicity because it gives the interviewer or media outlet immediate information about the book and may pique their interest because of it, which could generate publicity and media coverage. It also gives them a jumping off point for interview questions.

          Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have other questions.


  2. Tia Mcteer says:

    I am a new author I am writing my first book and need a help with creating a manuscript, will you all be able to help me with creating one?

    • Carol Taylor says:

      Yes, Tia, we can help you create a manuscript (ms.). It sounds like you need a developmental edit if it’s fiction, or a conceptual edit if it’s nonfiction. If you have an idea or concept for a nonfiction book or a plot or story outline for fiction, but would rather we write the book, then you’d need a ghostwriter.

      If you want to attempt to create a first draft yourself below is a fairly simple way to build a book.

      Start with your Table of Contents; create numbered Chapter Titles, this is your Table of Contents (TOC). Then in your TOC write a few paragraphs under each Chapter Title about what will be in that chapter, this is now your Outline. Then fill in more of the outline, developing the concept if nonfiction or if fiction the story line, characters, plot, and setting into Chapters; this is starting to be your first draft. From there you develop it, revise it, then when you have a decent first draft you edit that. Then you revise and edit that. When you’re done, you should have a workable first draft of a manuscript to work with an editor on.

      If this sounds like more than you’re ready to handle on your own, we’d be happy to help you create that first draft.

  3. I would like to have my manuscript assessed for any additional editing, or over all evaluation. Thanks.

  4. Jackie Hudson says:

    Do you actually publish books i.e. are you a book publisher? I see that you do copywriting and editing, but I don’t see it clearly stated as to whether or not you publish.


  5. Hello,

    I have written and published a novel. Prior to publishing I did my research and knew not to publish without proper editing. So I paid three editors to edit my work. I self-published a little over a year ago. So far, the reviews are good and encouraging especially on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads. However I’m still getting called out on editing errors.

    Would I be able to submit my work just for proofreading and a copy edit? How would I do that and what would the fee range be for those services?

    I’m a writer, not an editor and I just want my work to be the best it can be. Thanks so much.

  6. Cindy says:

    Are you able to submit a book just for a proofread and copy edit? What you that process be? Thanks!

    • Carol Taylor says:

      Hi Cindy, if you’re asking if you can submit a manuscript to edit 1st to be proofed or for a copyedit, yes you can. The process is still the same. You would submit your manuscript for a review. A manuscript review is $125 and takes a week. That $125 is then deducted from the final fee for the editorial work. In the review we tell you what we think the ms. needs: a line-edit, development edit, proof, a copy edit or a combination of all those and we give you examples of our line-edits, a fee, a payout and a schedule.

  7. Shani Mixon says:

    I just submitted my manuscript to a self publishing company and I did receive good feedback. It was suggested that I purchase a standard copy edit. I am not sure if I can afford the edit price that is being asked and I would also like to get another perspective. Can you help?

    • admin says:

      Hi Shani,
      The important thing to remember, no matter what you decide to do, is the unedited book is not truly finished. Of course, you can skip the editing process, many self-published authors do, but your unedited book will simply not be as good as one you have edited.

      You may learn more about Edit.1st’s process by completing this short form:

  8. Baker says:

    Will you edit the manuscript for a children’s picture book?

  9. bookraterz says:

    Copyright infringement. Are you familiar with that area? Or can you guide me to a legal expert. Thanks much.

  10. Tim England says:

    I would like to know your ghostwriting rates.

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