About Copyediting:

Our pricing is based upon the assumption that what we're receiving is a clean, fully-edited manuscript--a final book.  However, over the course of the years, we've found that fully 97.8% of our clients copy-edit after we've returned the ePUB to them for review (please see our What's the Process? article--we mean Step 6).  Now, some companies include a certain amount of editing "time" in their initial quotes--say, an hour or two.

But we don't believe that the clients who don't have 30 minutes of editing should be charged as if they do, so we charge our base price with the assumption that our clients will have 5 copyedits--and we include those 5 for free.  (A copyedit is a single edit--one typo, or adding a comma, not an entire revision pass).  When we say "copy-edit," we mean changes to the manuscript that were not in the book that we were given to convert, or, edits that have to be made because the manuscript was not cleaned properly by the publisher (for example, broken paragraphs from a scan or a conversion from PDF).  We are working in HTML, not Word or some other word-processing program, so copy-edits take far longer to do than they do in Word. 

We charge for copyedits after the first five.  What this means is that when it comes to edits, each client, essentially, sets the final price of their own book themselves, by how good a job they do with their manuscript clean-up, editing and proofing beforehand.  Revisions also affect turnaround time, obviously, as we have to make the edits and return a revised ePUB to you for review and approval.  So, just like pricing, you "set" the length of your turnaround time by how clean your manuscript is when you give it to us. 

The cleaner your file, the better the price and the faster the service. 

 

 

Phone Call Alert! 

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Old Timey Switchboard Operator Cartoon

 

Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.