Hire Me

Are you planning to self-publish, or to submit your manuscript to a publishing professional? I can help you get ready.

Let's make this simple. I edit best in science fiction and fantasy, but will also take other genres at your own risk (no erotica). Editing is done in Word using Track Changes and comments. Design jobs are to your specifications; covers can be made from your own images, free Creative Commons stock we select together, or I may photograph something to suit.

What my edit may include, as needed: 
Style, flow, language use, story and narrative issues, reader satisfaction, initial proofread, identifying problem areas, consistency, tone, tropes, filter words, fluff words, plain words, clichés, overused words, show don't tell, point of view, audience appropriateness, punctuation, handling of numbers, paragraphing, dialogue attributions and action beats, character arcs, setting, description, emotional impact, and more. All of my editing services can include a mentoring aspect where I start by analysing your personal specific recurring issues to improve on.


EDITING SERVICES

Prices vary according to the level of self-editing you have already achieved. 

For example: avoiding passive structures and excesses of filter words, boring words, and -ing words, correct POV use, correct action/dialogue paragraphing, etc

I will determine your level and fee after reading some samples of your manuscript.

Level 0: FAIRY GODMOTHER
$20-$30 US per 1000 words
If you're a first-time writer or you just need a lot of magical help, I can help you start to improve. Ideal for beginners or those who may need extra assistance with English grammar. Edits at this level are complex, so you may need an extra round after this to attain a publishable standard.

Level 1: THE PUMPKIN CARRIAGE
$12 US per 1000 words minimum 
This level may be suitable for you if:
- you have never worked with an editor before
- this is one of your first completed manuscripts
- you are unpublished or entirely self-published with little assistance
Your quality determines your final fee. I can help you get where you're going, but there may be more work for you to do afterwards.

LEVEL 2: CLIMB THE BEANSTALK
$8 US per 1000 words
This level may suit you if you have:
- completed a handful of manuscripts
- worked with critique partners for a number of years
- learned and applied the principles of self-editing 
This is my favourite level as you have put in enough work to make the best use of my help. Brave and accomplished writers may use this level to aim for the sky.

LEVEL 3: PROOFREAD PLUS: THE MAGICAL BROOMSTICK
$5 US per 1000 words
This level may be what you need if:
- your manuscript has already been thoroughly edited for content/style
- you are nearly ready to publish or submit
- you want a final check for minor errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation
What's the Plus? I'll comment on major Story or Style issues I notice as I read, giving you the benefit of my experience while keeping to a budget.
How well this broomstick flies is up to your processing of my comments.


LEVEL 4: PROOFREAD ONLY: BROOMSTICK 1.0
$3 US per 1000 words
At this level I will only correct your spelling and punctuation, not any other issues. If you have not had the manuscript edited previously, a proofread may not be sufficient to make it ready for publishing.
You can view this as a regular broomstick useful for a bit of tidying. Not particularly magical, but it does its job.

*You may be eligible for a discount if you have worked with me before. Please contact me to discuss.



PUBLISHING SERVICES

Prices listed are for basic professional services to a quality publishable standard. Please consider them a minimum depending on the level of detail work you are looking for.

Cover Design - Text on an image you provide: 
Ebook only - Output JPG
I can help you find sources for professional images, including free Creative Commons material.
$50.00 USD

Cover Design - Text on an image you provide
on Print Template for KDP Print or Lightning Source 
Interior typeset must be complete in order to determine page count/spine width. You may also crop this for use as an ebook cover.
$100.00 USD

TYPESETTING TASKS:
All $50.00 USD per hour
These can include:

Word Doc Cleanup: Replace triple periods with ellipses, consistency with fonts, dashes and scene breaks, proper indenting, page breaks, remove stray spaces and styles, create heading structure (can take 1-2 hours depending on the extent of cleanup needed)

Print Typesetting, Basic: Title page and chapter headings with your selected font, page numbering, standard scene breaks, contents page, insertion of front and back matter you provide (typically 1-2 hours)

Print Typesetting, Fancy: Includes basic typesetting plus creation of graphic elements for chapter headers and/or scene breaks, running headers on request (typically 3-4 hours)

Print Typesetting, Extras: Any changes made at your request after completion of the typeset

Ebook Formatting: Supply a clean Word doc and finished front cover Output is MOBI and EPUB with table of contents suitable for upload to Kindle and Nook


Your Publishing Coach: I can talk you through publishing your book for global distribution in print and ebook. May include: basic blurb help, choosing keywords and categories, the technical steps of the upload process, etc. Contact me for hourly rates.

Prices are in U.S. dollars. If you wish to pay in a different currency, please ask me for rate conversion.

If there's something not listed that I can help you with, please get in touch to discuss rates.


Note on editing: I do NOT claim adherence to a particular style guide, but my wide reading experience allows me to apply an accepted overall standard to your work. 

A list of published books which I have edited is available on request, in addition to the Testimonials section on this page (right hand column).

Please be prepared for far-reaching suggestions if these become necessary. I want to help make your book more dynamic and effective!


Cover Design Samples:

(text design and colour adjustment only, on images provided)


For more, please visit the Bookshop at Splashdown Books, from where you can also head straight to Amazon for any title listed and inspect the Look Inside excerpts. I was the managing editor on all of these projects.

Testimonials:

"Grace is an editor extraordinaire, directing me to some amazing resources about writing fiction, and finding and offering corrections for structural problems, punctuation, word usage, and dozens of other things to make this a better novel. Most of all, I thank Grace for criticizing the work without feeling the need to stroke my ego. She did not hold back on her criticism, but it was all constructive. That inspired me and let me know she was honest in her work. In the end, it was the ultimate form of encouragement."

"Grace Bridges’ editing of my fiction was invaluable. She has an eye for word choice and sentence structure, and knows how to polish a manuscript while allowing the author’s voice to carry through. I would never have made it through publishing without the help of her tech skills—formatting and typesetting—as well as her patience and ability to teach those skills. As an artist myself, I found working on cover art with her a synergistic experience. She strove to help me create the cover I had designed but didn’t have the tech skills to carry out. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention her penchant and ability for finding exactly the right font and text layout for covers."

"Grace's extensive knowledge across all areas of independent publishing were invaluable to me as I started publishing under my own brand. Her professional assistance, as well as friendly advice, continue to guide me in my publishing journey."

"An awesome editor, with an unusually keen eye for detail. You are really good at seeing and keeping continuity on a granular level. I really respect how much you know your way around a narrative. You are a discerning reader, and that is what I appreciate most. I got to read [another client's] manuscript after you got done working with it and I have to say you worked some serious magic on it."

"Grace is an extremely professional but amazingly quick editor. She is quite adept at finding the heart of your story and cutting out all the unnecessary tidbits to make it shine. Yet she does it all in a way that only enhances your author voice. I was quite impressed with her insights, but she does have 10+ years of experience at her fingertips. Definitely an editor I'd work with again."

"Grace Bridges has contributed her skills to four of my books, with more to come, and I highly recommend her work. I have greatly enjoyed my association with her. I have found her editorial suggestions to be both accurate and insightful, and very helpful for improving the quality of my books. I love the cover designs she has created which perfectly express my vision for my books. Grace has professional standards in formatting also, and it shows in the quality of what she produces."
author of Ring of Time, The DeathCats of Asa'ican, Wreaths of Empireand many more

"Grace Bridges is an outstanding editor. She is adept at both cover design and interior book formatting. She offered clear, concrete suggestions for improving my manuscript, while at the same time affirming the strengths of my story. She respected my vision for Welcome, Earthborn Brother, instead of trying to force it to fit a particular mold. In addition, she has great expertise in marketing, and knows how to maximize a book's discoverability on the internet through well-chosen key words and categorization. Her responsiveness, attention to detail, and professionalism have made her a joy to work with."

"Grace Bridges proved to be indispensable to me from the beginning of the publishing process to the end, and although I'm past my one-year anniversary, Grace's advice and assistance remains invaluable. From the editing of Isles of Myst, to its cover design and every other aspect, Grace provided a very positive experience for me. I would recommend her services to anyone."

• Grace's unique editing perspective provided insights that improved the structure of my story and the basic word-smithing. She also pointed out places where someoneparticularly in an international audiencemight get confused. The final result was a much stronger story that maintained the unique voice of the characters involved. 
• Her unconventional design approach resulted in a wonderful abstract, wraparound cover that depicts a unique perspective of the telepathic landscape as seen by one of the characters. 
• My book's typesetting is an excellent bit of work that included design elements from the story and cover. The final result has gotten kudos from readers and another publishing house that maintains a meticulous standard.

"Working with Grace was a breeze in all aspects of creating a novel. I highly recommend her services."
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