Here’s a question for you: Do you have six thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket right now?
I didn’t think so. Truthfully, neither do I.
The problem is, if you’ve completed your manuscript and are looking to either self-publish it or start pitching agents, you’re going to need it.
Because a developmental editor costs anywhere from $7.50 to $20 per page (250 words).
Imagine if you have a manuscript for a 90,000 word novel (an average word count). That translates to around 360 pages. At a bare minimum, you’re looking at spending $2,700, although fair rates can reach as high as $7,200.
Until recently, you had three ways to go if you didn’t want to pony up the money to hire a developmental editor:
- Skip hiring an editor altogether in a cost-cutting move and proceed forward. This will likely lead to rejections from agents who request your manuscript. You may have a great concept, but you’re only wasting their time and your own if you send them an unfinished product. And if you choose to self-publish, good luck building on an initial reputation for poor quality writing.
- Pass your manuscript over to friends to act as beta readers. I hope your friends are trained writers or editors. Also, in most cases, friends want to build your self-esteem. They’ll tell you your manuscript is excellent. It’s not. Not yet, at least. Being as close to the work as they are, writers are terrible at catching their own mistakes. That’s why we need editors.
- Hire an editor on the cheap. I’ve done this before and learned my lesson. My co-author Vakasha Brenman and I hired an editor to edit The Book of the Magical Mythical Unicorn for only $750. Her edits were next to useless. Sure, she caught some misplaced commas and gave one or two suggestions (both of which were historically inaccurate and rejected by me and my co-author). Ultimately, we had thrown our money down the drain. Vakasha and I had to spend another year revising The Book of the Magical Mythical Unicorn ourselves, before we had saved enough money to hire a qualified developmental editor. The results speak for themselves: We landed our first choice for a publisher and I was able to promote The Book of the Magical Mythical Unicorn on the top-ranked nighttime radio program.
Obviously, none of the above options are solutions if you’re serious about your career as a creative writer who is trying to break into the literary game.
At the same time, few of us have thousands of dollars to hire someone who can actually get your manuscript in proper shape to move forward in your career. If you do, great. Go for it. But most of us do not have that kind of money.
It’s simple to see. There’s a hole in the market, one that I believe any astute writer can see. I’m confident that I have a solution to this hole in the market.
I’ve created a book review service that audits your manuscript, listing every problem and proposed solutions. There’s no actual editing involved. That’s your job. However, after using this service, you’ll know the exact weaknesses that currently hinder your manuscript and how to address them.
The best part is this service only costs $50 USD per 10,000 words. For most us, that means the service costs under $500.
I absolutely do NOT recommend this service to anyone who isn’t confident in their “chops” as a writer. If you have some great ideas, but you’re not an experienced writer, you’ll probably end up needing to hire a developmental editor or maybe a ghostwriter to take your vision forward and execute these edits.
However, for those writers who are skilled and just need that extra pair of trained eyes, this service is a perfect fit.
Of course, since this service is new, and my blog is small, I need some help to get the word out to help writers. That’s where you come in.
If you know some writers who could benefit from this service, I’ll extend a 20% commission to you for every successful referral. Email me using the contact form below for more details and to get started.