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Horrorsmith Editing's developmental editing packages are perfect for new authors just beginning their self-publishing journey or for more experienced authors looking for an overhaul of their craft and their brand. These inclusive packages are geared toward authors seeking to self-publish and those focusing on traditional publishing. Horrorsmith offers multiple levels of developmental editing packages to fit most budgets. 

 

During the developmental editing phase, also known as macro editing, your editor will look at your entire novel or short story collection as a whole. This is called the eagle view of your story. Horrorsmith's developmental edits will find any areas where your story falls flat, where character motivations and life experiences do not match character actions, where inconsistencies in detail have snuck into the text, and any places where your story might have strayed from genre expectations. Developmental edits can involve both very broad conversations and very chapter- or paragraph-specific inquiries. You'll receive a full manuscript evaluation, book map, and manuscript style sheet, along with corresponding comments on your manuscript during this phase.

If you choose one of the comprehensive developmental editing packages, when all suggested developmental edits have been incorporated, your editor will begin the line and copy editing phase, or the micro editing. During the line and copy edit, your editor will look for grammar errors, punctuation concerns, awkward phrasing, tense shifts, minor detail inconsistencies, and minor fact-checking, all while maintaining your style and voice. As editors, we understand that part of knowing how to effectively utilize grammar rules and style guides is also knowing how to effectively break them to enhance the author's work. We use years of expertise and continuing education to polish each project. You will receive full Tracked Changes on your manuscript when this phase is complete. This means that you simply have to go through each page and accept or reject the changes within Microsoft Word.

While you are working on incorporating the suggested line and copy edits, Horrorsmith is initiating the rest of your package. We will be communicating with industry-recognized cover artists and marketers on your behalf. You will be presented with sketch options for cover art, Amazon-specific keyword and category assistance, blurb copy, and other marketing materials. Please note, these additional services are not available on basic developmental editing packages.

When you've gone through the line and copy edits and are happy with the state of the manuscript, Horrorsmith will then format your work using either Vellum or InDesign, based on the level of customization you'd like. You will have a consultation with the formatter working on your project to help determine your style choices. Once formatting is complete, your work will go through one last round of proofreading, and you will be presented with the appropriate files for whichever marketing platforms you plan to use. Please note, that proofreading services are not available on basic developmental editing packages, and formatting services are not available on intermediate developmental editing packages.

In Horrorsmith's Basic Developmental Editing Package, you will receive the following:

  • One round of developmental editing

  • Manuscript style sheet

  • Manuscript evaluation

  • Book map

Total package investment: .021 per word

In Horrorsmith's Intermediate Developmental Editing Package, you will receive the following:

  • One round of developmental editing

  • Manuscript style sheet

  • Final manuscript evaluation

  • Book map

  • One round of line and copy editing

  • Thorough line and copy edits through Tracked Changes

  • A final read-through after all edits have been incorporated

Total package investment:  .038 per word

In Horrorsmith's Comprehensive Developmental Editing Package, you will receive the following:

  • Two rounds of developmental editing

  • Final manuscript evaluation

  • Book map

  • Detailed video access and e-pamphlet on utilizing book maps

  • Manuscript style sheet

  • A physical copy of Horrorsmith Editing's How to Self-Edit Your Novel

  • One round of line and copy editing

  • Thorough line and copy edits through Tracked Changes

  • A final read-through after all edits have been incorporated

  • Formatting for eBook, paperback, and hardcover

  • A physical copy of Horrorsmith Editing's writing planner

  • Blurb copy

  • Custom cover art to fit your genre

  • Custom keyword and category marketing specific to Amazon KDP

  • Custom new release and continuing marketing package

Total package investment: .05 per word

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Please note, at all times during this process, your editor will be available for contact and consultation. The payment structure of the package will be split between the different phases of the package and will be detailed in the project proposal and contract.

If you feel as if the developmental editing packages are still outside of your comfortable investment range, please check out our manuscript evaluation service. We consider it a light developmental edit. 

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