The Final Polish:
(aka ‘Proof Reading’) - The fees for this service range from:
- $0.005 - $0.01/ word
- $5.00 - $10/1,000 words
- $1.25 - $2.50 / page (a page = 250 words)
And because doing the math to calculate these fees gave me a headache at first, and you might be in the same boat, you can go HERE to see examples of the math and how the range of fees for an average novella and novel length book are broken down:
- by word
- by 1,000 words
- by page
But what is it?
The Final Polish
This service really is a polishing of the final manuscript, making it all shiny for your readers. It is not technically an edit, but rather a stage in the publishing process. It should not substantively alter the piece, it just catches and corrects overlooked issues that have managed to slip through the rest of the rigorous scrutiny of the other stages, such as:
- formatting issues
- homonym confusions
- punctuation mistakes
- grammar mistakes
Why is there such a wide range in estimated fees for the Final Polish?
The scope of what this service could mean for a particular manuscript is quite wide. I have to determine what will actually be required before I can give a more exact quote (for instance, has the document been professionally edited?) It is also very exacting work that takes time as well as a great deal of concentration, consideration, and more than one read-through.
While I do give a discount on bookings of more than one service, combining the Final Polish and the Full Edit is not ideal. As you can imagine, it is difficult for an editor to proofread a manuscript that they have just edited since they don't have completely fresh eyes. When hiring one person to both edit and proof, it is essential to have a significant amount of time between one service and the next built in to the schedule (while the author is making their final edits and perhaps sending the manuscript out to ARC readers - not ideal for them, but better that they read an unproofread manuscript if it means your editor/proofer can have a chance to distance themselves.)
Who would need this Service?
Every piece of writing needs a Final Polish or Proofread! Whether you hire me or someone else, or you do it yourself (very difficult - but I can provide you with some suggestions for how) this is a crucial step in making your book professional and ready for your readers. You also might think this is a pretty simple task - just be a careful reader, looking for typos - but there is so much more to it! A really good proofread is exacting! It takes considerable time, too. The human mind can only concentrate for so long at a time with that degree of intensity.
So get your story all clean and classy before sending it out into the world; and this includes your ARC readers whenever possible. When you calculate your timing for things, ARC readers should get at least a week to read the book before PDay (publication day). And your proofreader needs at least a week (or probably more, depending) before that in order to do their job properly. Plan ahead and don't rush the process.
A Plea to Authors:
At this point, because I see this situation all too often, I am going to emphasize my plea to authors:
Send out fully edited and proofread stories to your ARC readers whenever possible.
You will be doing yourself and your ARC team a kindness. If you are asking them to write a fair and honest review of your story, you want them to be reading the final copy. Don't put them in the awkward position of either having to come to you with a long list of editing issues they've found and had to laboriously transcribe (if they are conscientious and loyal to you) or of having to write a bad review of your book (if they are scrupulously honest and thinking of the future reading enjoyment of others). Be a good Book Friend and put your best work out there for all the world to read.
Note: A discounted package rate will be given when you Book more than one service.
"I used BFF Editing Services on my last full-length novel and I was extremely pleased with the results. I feel like my book was thoroughly edited and errors were found that I otherwise missed. More importantly, anything the editor discovered was pointed out and it was left up to me to correct it or leave it as is. I felt like my opinions were valued and in no way was I pressured to change anything that I didn't feel comfortable changing. It was a stress-free experience with a very friendly editor, and I would wholeheartedly recommend BFF Editing and definitely consider them for any future stories."
-Author Grace Risata
-Author Grace Risata