Our next opening is April 1.
Here is a breakdown of our process: (Time estimates assume a book is between 40,000 and 99,000 words.
1. First Edit - The editor reads the entire book and uses Track Changes to make corrections and suggested fixes. The editor also creates a new document to note plot/storyline and character development issues. This document, the "Notes" page, also includes explanations of recurring grammatical errors. This step takes approximately two weeks.
2. Phone Call - The editor calls the author and goes over the Notes page. Authors should allow at least one hour for this call.
3. The author goes through the edit, accepting/rejecting changes and making changes of their own using Track Changes. We cannot estimate a time period for this stage as it depends entirely on the author.
4. Second Edit - Once the author completes the first edit, he or she sends the manuscript back to the editor. The editor goes through the "changes" (which are apparent via Track Changes), accepting them, then making appropriate editorial adjustments. This step takes approximately one week, but it also depends on the editor's schedule when the book is returned.
5. The author goes through the Second Edit, accepting/rejecting changes and making further changes as needed. We cannot estimate a time period for this stage as it depends entirely on the author.
6. There is a possibility of additional edits if there are still issues to be addressed. This is common. There is no additional charge for these, as long as the author does not suddenly decide to rewrite large portions of the book. The time needed for additional edits becomes progressively smaller as there are less changes each time.
7. Proofreading - When the author and editor are satisfied with the book, the book is assigned to a proofreader. The proofreader-always a different person from the editor-reads the entire book, making corrections using Track Changes. This step takes approximately one week.
8. The author goes through the proofread in the same manner as was done with the edit and returns the manuscript so the changes can be looked at by an editor. We cannot estimate a time period for this stage as it depends entirely on the author.
9. If an additional proofread is purchased, repeat Steps 7 and 8.