SERVICES FOR INDIE / SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS
You’re here because you’re planning to self-publish (sometimes called “indie” or independently publish) your work. That’s excellent, and we’d be happy to help you get your manuscript in publication-ready shape.
To inquire about any of our services, please fill out the brief form via the "Get Started" button below, and you'll be on your way! We'll be back in touch with instructions for submitting your manuscript soon, usually within 2 business days. You’ll find an overview of our services below.
The Big Picture: Developmental Edit
(Starting at $600. Rates vary depending on manuscript length and complexity.)
A developmental edit is perfect for a manuscript that is complete but hasn't yet received extensive feedback from other writers or from a professional editor, or if you’re seeking a fresh set of eyes on your work. You've drafted and revised to the best of your ability, but now you need some direction to take the manuscript to the next level. With a developmental edit, you'll receive an editorial letter which covers big picture topics like structure, characterization, voice, plot, setting, and pacing. The Big Picture does not involve line editing or comments on the manuscript itself, but rather provides you with workshop-level editorial feedback to guide your revision process.
For writers planning to self-publish who have not yet worked with another editor on their manuscript, or who have not yet received feedback and revised extensively, a developmental edit is likely a very good place to start. This service can then be combined with a line edit, copy edit, and/or proofread after you have revised. We will recommend an Editorial Blueprint to get started if you select this option on the “Get Started” form.
The In-Depth Treatment: Content/Line Edit
(Starting at $1,200. Rates vary depending on manuscript length and editorial complexity.)
Content or “line” editing is perfect for a manuscript that has been revised to the best of your ability following The Big Picture treatment from Copper Lantern or following workshop or critique feedback. You are happy with your manuscript in a big picture sense, but on a sentence level, the writing is not yet where you want it to be. You’re seeking professional editing to take your writing to the next level before you self-publish.
If this sounds like you, The In-Depth Treatment provides comprehensive line edits on the manuscript itself. You’ll also receive a short editorial letter, which identifies patterns that may emerge from the line edits, thus providing you with feedback that you can apply to your future writing. Much more comprehensive than copyediting or proofreading, The In-Depth Treatment will address writing elements like voice, dialogue, sentence structure, and writing style—the elements that all need to come together in order for your book to shine before you self-publish.
We will recommend an Editorial Blueprint to get started if you select this option on the “Get Started” form.
The Nitty-Gritty Details: Basic Copy Edit
(Starting at $1,000. Rates vary depending on manuscript length and editorial complexity.)
Copyediting is perfect for the manuscript that has been revised to the point of both big picture and in-depth greatness and now needs close attention to the copy editor's "5 C's": making sure the manuscript is clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent. With The Nitty-Gritty Details, your manuscript will receive close sentence-level attention to spelling, grammar, usage, sentence structure, punctuation, syntax, tense agreements, and overall inconsistencies. We'll also fact check any elements of the manuscript that raise questions of accuracy.
Can be completed on its own or combined with a proofread in a two-round approach.
The Final Polish: Proofreading
(Starting at $700. Rates vary depending on manuscript length and editorial complexity.)
Perfect for the manuscript that has been revised and edited to near-perfection—now you just need a fresh set of eyes to give it a careful review for typographical errors, grammar, sentence structure, and formatting before you hit that upload button.
Can be completed on its own (if your manuscript has already been copyedited by another editor) or combined with a copy edit in a two-round approach.