Inventing Reality Editing Service
Manuscript Editing Services
If you’re a writer with a manuscript or journalism article in need of proofreading and editing, send it my way. Having your story proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In a publishing world where your story faces heavy competition, pieces need a second eye to make sure they are more marketable and to give them the edge. Even if your story is never published, having that second eye can provide insights that help you master your craft.
My name is Rob Bignell. I am neither a literary agent nor a publisher and will not offer such services as they would represent a conflict of interest. No referral fees are paid to me by any agent or publisher, and I do not pay others to recommend me. Finally, I do not offer manuscript typing services.
n More than 25 years as an award-winning journalist, with half of those years spent as an editor
n Author of published 7 Minutes a Day... writing guidebooks
n Seven years as an English teacher and current community college journalism instructor
n Masters degree in English and bachelors in journalism and English
n Want to know more? Read my resume
Types of service
n Proofreading - Simple reading of a piece for spelling, punctuation, capitalization and grammar; corrections will be made on the manuscript sent
n Editing for content - Substantive (developmental) editing. For example, with novels, this includes reading for plot, setting, character, point of view, thematic and style matters. Proofreading is not included.
n Full edit - Both proofreading and editing for content
n Self-publishing services - Both proofreading and editing for content. Find out more about specific services.
Fees (per piece):
Resume (1 page)
n Proofreading - $10
Article (newspaper/magazine) or academic paper (1-10 pages)
n Proofreading - $25
n Editing for content - $35
n Full edit - $50
Short story, 10+ page academic paper (up to 10,000 words)
n Proofreading - $50
n Editing for content - $60
n Full edit - $75
Novella, dissertations (10,001-40,000 words)
n Proofreading - $125
n Editing for content - $175
n Full edit - $225
Novel (40,001-70,000 words)
n Proofreading - $250
n Editing for content - $300
n Full edit - $350
Long novel (70,001-100,000 words)
n Proofreading - $300
n Editing for content - $350
n Full edit - $400
Manuscripts more than 100,000 words
n Proofreading - $400
n Editing for content - $450
n Full edit - $500
n Proofreading - $500
n Editing for content - $550
n Full edit - $600
n Proofreading - $625
n Editing for content - $675n Full edit - $750
n Proofreading - $775
n Editing for content - $850
n Full edit - $950
n Proofreading - $925
n Editing for content - $1025
n Full edit - $1150
n Proofreading - $1100
n Editing for content - $1225
n Full edit - $1375
What you’ll receive for those fees:
n Marked-up/corrected manuscript OR changes made directly to manuscript if sent electronically
n Running critique of work - My critique will be courteous and professional, not written in a degrading tone. I’ll also point out what works and what you’re doing right.
"Thanks to your editing, I've got three literary agents and a publishing house interested in my work." - Sammy J., Palo Alto, Calif.
"I'm going to put you in my rolodex and use you again!" - Lloyd K., Whittier, Calif.
"Just wanted you to know that the resume you proofread got me the interview. Thanks!" - Alice S., Portland, Ore.
What is my turnaround time?
For each piece sent, expect about a week on short stories, two weeks on novellas and three weeks on novels. I typically return pieces much sooner than these time periods but like to give conservative timeframes in case other issues arise (illness, funerals, computer motherboard fries out, etc.)
Are the fees reasonable?
In all honesty, they’re a little high for short stories (primarily because I have experience publishing in this area and because most manuscript editors won’t bother with them) but extremely reasonable for novels. Many manuscript editors will charge you $2000 or more to edit a novel.
How to contract my services?
You may send a story via email or snail mail. In either case, include a cover letter specifying which level of service you desire and the word count of the piece to be proofread or edited. Multiple pieces may be sent, but note that the fee schedule listed above is per piece. So, if you send two short stories for proofreading, the total cost is $120, or $60 per piece. In addition, if you resend a piece for another edit after I’ve edited it, the costs above are applied again.
Payment must be made in advance of any services. Payment can be made via PayPal (handled through my "Hikes with Tykes" book site), money order, personal check or money transfers such as Wal-Mart's MoneyGram. Make the money order, personal check or money transfer payable to "Rob Bignell".
You can reach me via email. Please paste the text of your manuscript into the body of the email; attachments are accepted only if they are Word documents.
If sending the manuscript via snail mail, please include a SASE with sufficient postage for the return of your manuscript. Contact me for the address.
In what format should I send my manuscript?
Send it as if you were mailing it to a human resources department, editor, literary agent or publisher. If your piece is a short story or novel, it should be typed in 10 or 12 pt. Times or Courier font, double-spaced with one-inch margins on white paper. Your use of manuscript form is part of the critique (unless you’ve just contracted me for proofreading). No onion-skin paper, diskettes or hand-written pieces, please.
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