Writing a book is a huge accomplishment, and you should be proud of yourself for achieving it! But, if you want to publish that book for the world to read, you will need to make sure it’s at its best.
Beta reading, editing, formatting, and proofreading are more than just important—they’re necessary if you want to succeed.
Of those services, I personally offer a wide range of editing options for both novels and children’s books, paperback and e-book formatting, and a specialized proofreading service I call The Book Doctor.
I am not offering beta reading at this time.
Beta readers are a very helpful addition to the publishing process. They act as a sort of “test crowd” for your book, reading through (usually before edits) and providing valuable feedback. Although it is possible to find beta readers for free, many authors are turning to paid services because they are fast, honest, and reliable.
If you are looking for a beta reader for your story, here are a few people you can reach out to. They also offer proofreading services.
Editing is one of the most important steps in publishing. Everyone needs an editor. No matter how good you think you are, you will always be too close to your own work to catch every mistake. There are many different types of edits, each one ranging in detail depending on what the author wants or needs.
I edit in American English and do not have any genre preferences, though I specialize in fantasy and suspense. I welcome you to check out the books I’ve edited previously and read testimonials by authors I’ve worked with. You can also ask for a sample edit to get a feel for how I work.
For novels, I offer copyediting, line editing, and substantive editing. Prices range from $0.005 per word up to $0.01 per word. (For example, if a novel has 50,000 words, this range would be $250–$500 depending on the types of edits desired.)
For children’s books, I offer copyediting and substantive editing. Prices range from $10 to $50.
Formatting can make or break a book. Poorly formatted books can be hard to read and many people will even stop reading them altogether. An attractive, consistent layout provides a comfortable reading experience and a professional touch.
I offer paperback formatting for novels that results in a .docx file and an upload-ready PDF. The price is set at $60 regardless of the manuscript’s size or genre.
I offer e-book formatting for novels that results in a .mobi file and an .epub file that will pass through epubcheck with no errors. The price is set at $100 regardless of the manuscript’s size or genre.
Proofreading is a valuable and often overlooked service. A proofreader—as the title implies—reads the proof (the final, formatted copy) before it is officially published, checking for any errors in both editing and formatting.
I will not proofread a book that I have edited. By the time I get through with editing, I am too close to the work and might overlook any errors I may have missed previously. If I have edited your work (or you are considering my services), allow me to recommend Michelle King or Jae Dawn (contact information in the beta reading section above). Tell them I sent you. 😉
The Book Doctor is more than just a proofreading service. It is a book “check-up” of sorts. For a deposit of $75–$100 (depending on word count), I will proofread your book. The quality of the previous editing and formatting will determine whether or not your book gets slated with “a clean bill of health” or “needs surgery.”
If you would like an editing estimate or have any questions, fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you within 1-2 business days.