What are the benefits of hiring a freelance editor?

Many authors wonder if hiring a freelance editor is necessary, especially if they are trying to sell their manuscript to a publishing house that will only end up doing new edits to make the manuscript meet their standards. The answer is a resounding yes. A good story concept is a great start, but to get noticed in today’s publishing world you need something more. By presenting a manuscript that has been pre-edited, it gives you an advantage over those who don’t. Your manuscript will be structurally sound, have a distinct voice and have a well-developed plot. All of these things will help you get the attention of literary agents and publishing houses.

For an indie author who publishes their own books, using a freelance editor is an absolute must! Readers are harsh critics and notice if a novel is full of grammar and spelling errors, that there are errors in continuity or if the plot is confusing. With social media and sites that allow them to leave reviews, they feel it is their duty to point these flaws out to those who are considering reading the novel. This can seriously reduce sales.


What our work flow looks like?

We work with electronic files, and edits will be carried out using Microsoft Word’s (or an equivalent) Track Changes feature, or Google Docs shared featured for collaborative instances. Even if you’re familiar with Track Changes, we still ask that you review the Track Changes tutorial here on YouTube so you understand the work flow we like to use with our clients.

Depending on the length of your manuscript it usually takes one month or more for a manuscript to go through all the stages of editing. I usually block off chunks of time as follows: 

  • 0 – 300 page manuscript
    • Weeks 1 and/or 2 are for developmental and line edits, as well as manuscript assessments
    • Weeks 3 and/or 4 are given for our clients to apply suggested changes and revisions
    • Week 5, or the last week of contract, are for final spot check and change verification

  • 301 – 500+ page manuscript
    • Weeks 1, 2 and/or 3 are for developmental and line edits, as well as manuscript assessments
    • Weeks 3, 4 and/or 5 are given for our clients to apply suggested changes and revisions
    • Next month week 1, or the last week of contract, are for final spot check and change verification

​After all of this, the manuscript will be ready for its next stage in the publishing process (proofreader, designer, agent, etc.). Of course, if you have a busy schedule or like to work at a slower pace, you can choose to build in more time on your end for each revision.

Our dedicated editing services are for one complete read of the manuscript, though we revisit sections as needed.


Why do I charge by the page count instead of by the hour?

Charging by the hour will firmly depend on the project size and that stipulation can fluctuate so much that for budgeting purposes neither of us will be able to definitely have a realistic price range that the project could take.

By charging by the page count of your project you’ll know exactly how to budget everything out for your project if you choose to work with us. However, once we’ve dug into the project, if it becomes clear that there will end up being a dramatic discrepancy between expected and actual editorial involvement required, we (our client and Crafting By The Pound) may have to renegotiate before the project is complete.


What we offer in our Beta Reading Package?

Hiring or choosing a beta reader is a great option for getting initial feedback on your story before digging deep with an editor.

A beta read is similar to an editor’s manuscript assessment, but the reading and feedback come from an average reader of your genre rather than a professionally trained editor. A beta reader will provide a detailed look into your manuscript so you can get a feel for how your market will receive your book. 

If necessary, after you’ve made your changes from our, or another editors, substantive edit, we can begin our partnership at this stage. However, if you’re already a client of ours and we feel the overall story has issues that need to be addressed at a substantive level of editing, we’ll contact you to discuss options for renegotiating our contract.

I carry out line edits and copy edits simultaneously, meaning a single pass through the manuscript. This is when I create my detailed Style Sheet and Timeline, which you’ll receive at no additional cost; it will be a helpful tool for any further edits you make on your own, and it will be invaluable if you’re writing a series.

When you hire me to do both a substantive edit and then a line & copy edit, the line & copy edit automatically includes me looking at your new material from a substantive perspective as well, and I’ll let you know whether I think your changes hit the mark or still need some tweaking.

As with the substantive edit, this includes up to a one-hour follow-up chat.

*For the rate that will be specific to your manuscript, please book a sample edit by emailing us at support@craftingbythepound.com


Definitions

Developmental Editing — a developmental edit focuses on world building and story organization. It is an analysis of the entire manuscript including: story concept, plot, character development, tone, and voice; also, adding, removing or rewriting sections.

Line Editing — with line editing, your manuscript will receive a non-mechanical edit to address issues regarding language use, writing style and creative content to ensure that your book is a pleasurable read. Basic copy editing is included.

Manuscript Assessment — after doing a complete read through, you will be provided with a written assessment. It will look at the overall concept and execution of your manuscript in key areas such as: story, plot, characters and concepts.

Beta Reading — a single read through is done from the reader’s point of view and feedback is provided regarding areas of concern to help address areas of concern to give your reader the best reading experience possible.

Proofreading — this is the final stage of the editing process and the last chance to catch missed grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes. When completed, your manuscript will be ready to submit to agents and publishers.

Copy Editing – addresses flaws on a very technical level – to make sure the writing that appears on the page is in accordance with industry standards. This is like an incredibly high-end proofread.Corrects spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax; Ensures consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization; Flags ambiguous or factually incorrect statements (especially important for non-fiction); Tracks macro concerns like internal consistency.