FAQs about editing
If my book gets published, won't the publisher edit it?
Yes, but it is increasingly difficult to get an unsolicited manuscript published. Even if your work is exceptionally good and highly marketable, you'll need a stroke of luck to see it in print. If you have a scintillating tale, a suspense-laden plot, and wonderful, lovable characters, but you also have grammar, spelling and punctuation errors, plot loopholes and pages of superfluous text, it could be enough to send you straight back to the slushpile.
Substantive or developmental edits, reworks, adding or removing chapters, or making dialogue feel more realistic can be costly for publishers. Publishers always seek to minimise their costs, so if your manuscript requires large-scale edits, they may choose not to publish your novel. Having your manuscript edited keeps you one step ahead of unedited, unsolicited manuscripts.
How much does editing cost?
The cost of editing your manuscript depends on:
– the length of the manuscript;
– the quality of the writing;
– whether developmental editing, structural editing or reworking is necessary;
– the style of the writing (for instance, whether it consistent with American English or Australian English);
– the format of your manuscript (Karin prefers Microsoft Word documents).
Karin will provide you with a free quote that estimates the hours required. So you'll know exactly what to expect, she may also perform a free sample edit of up to 350 words. Standard industry rates are $45–$100 per hour, or $10–$20 per page. Karin appreciates that editing is a big expense. As she wants to be able to help as many authors achieve success as possible, her rates are at the lower end of this range and a little lower for proofreading.
How long will editing take?
The time it takes for your manuscript to be edited depends on its length, layout, and the overall standard of writing – as well as on Karin's availability. When Karin provides you with a quote, she will give you a deadline for the completion of the work. She is extremely deadline-driven, with an excellent track record of delivering on time or early.
What if I don't want to accept all of my editor's changes?
The author–editor relationship has to be a strong one. Usually, it does not end once the editor sends the file or manuscript back to the author. It is natural that authors will have queries or amendments once the file is returned. Karin is happy to work with her authors to ensure they're not just happy, but delighted. If you find there are changes you don't understand, or things you want changed back, please let Karin know; the change may be due to grammatical or other reasons you are unaware of. Karin will work closely with you to ensure you feel your manuscript is vastly improved and that you are happy with the final outcome.