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Editing Services FAQ

Why do you charge by the hour?

Can you give me an estimate of how much editing my manuscript will cost?

What is your billing procedure?

If I want you to look at revisions, can I work with the same reviewer?

What if I don't agree with my reviewer's comments?

What is manuscript format?

What's a SASE?

I'm in a critique/writing group. What can you do for me that they can't?

How do I know this service is not a scam?

Answers

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

We feel that this is a reasonable way to ensure you get the most for your money, and at the same time we are paid fairly for our work.  One page of one novel  might take longer than one page of another because of more extensive or more numerous alterations to be made.

Compared to charges of about $8 per page for longer manuscripts, a per hour charge will usually cost you less in the long run ($8 per page x 100 pages= $800; $35 per hour x a fairly clean 100 pages (10 hours)= $350).

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Can you give me an estimate of how much my project will cost?

Your estimate will be performed during the first hour of work on your project.  You will then be contacted to find out how you would like us to proceed.
It's almost impossible to estimate the amount of time needed for a specific job without seeing the job itself. Every manuscript's needs are different. Thorough editing of a clean 75,000 word manuscript can take as little as six hours, while editing of a more troubled 7500 word manuscript can take up to four hours.
The average time to proofread or edit a 200 page novel would be 20 hours. However, to give you a firm estimate for your individual piece, we require an hour's work to evaluate it.

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Why don't you give us an address where we can send our manuscripts?

Our editors are located across the country. In order to save you time and extra postage costs, we prefer to learn a little about your submission--its genre and length--and then assign you directly to a reviewer.

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What is your billing procedure?

You pay for the first hour in advance. After we've seen your work and understand what you want, we'll give you an estimate and bill you via PayPal. If the estimate changes as work proceeds, we'll notify you immediately.

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If I want you to look at revisions, can I work with the same reviewer?

Yes, however, if that reviewer is currently working with someone else, the turnaround time may increase.

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What if I don't agree with my reviewer's comments?

If you feel strongly that your reviewer has not connected properly with your work, we will back up our service by having another of our professional editors evaluate the work.

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What is manuscript format?

Standard manuscript format is printed on white paper with double-spaced lines in a fixed-font type (usually Courier 12 pitch), with one-inch margins. This format establishes a consistent word count per page and gives editors and reviewers the space in which to insert proofreading marks.

What's a SASE?

A Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope. A SASE should be included with any submitted manuscript for return mailing purposes. Please keep in mind when assessing postage needed that your return envelope will carry up to 15 additional pages.

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I'm in a critique/writing group. What can you give me that they can't?

While writing groups are good for getting input on your writing, especially where content and plot are concerned, your writing group is unlikely to proofread and edit your book thoroughly. In addition, your local writing group is unlikely to contain talented professional editors.

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How do I know this service is not a scam?

Most authors have heard about scams related to various services, including editing services and book doctors. There are editing services you should be wary of.   In fact, I hope you will examine this service or any other you are considering closely.  Information about scams can be found at The Mining Co. Writer's Exchange.

As you can see from the article, the editing scam usually lies in the fact that the company finds individuals who are willing to refer authors to them. The individuals receive a kickback (translation: money) for every author they refer, therefore these "agents" refer authors, often without even looking at their work, and are encouraged to do so. Many of these "agents" are not legitimate in any way, and make money only from the scam.  This is not to say that there are not legitimate agents out there as well.

It is our intention to continue to be up front with all our services.  If a book is submitted to Sirius Publications for possible publication, We will always review your book carefully and thoroughly. If your book is not appropriate for us, we will let you know. If it is what we are looking for but needs a lot of editing work, we will state that your book is promising but it needs professional editing. We will then either state that we will accept the book after editing, and draw up a contract stating that, or we will suggest you use our editing service or another legitimate editing service or personal resources of your own choice to enhance your book. You are encouraged to resubmit for our review at a later date. We encourage any author to carefully proofread and edit their book before submitting it to any publisher.

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