Yes, you read that right! I’m now offering proofreading and copyediting services for the newest craze in publishing: serialized fiction! Due to the short nature of the episodes, a lot of editors aren’t offering services (or the services are too expensive for the method of publishing), but seeing a need for it, I’ve come up with a plan to offer these services for you authors that need them!
Please note: this is restricted to copyediting and proofreading services ONLY. Due to the nature of developmental editing, I honestly don’t see an easy path to developmentally edit a serialized work.
So here’s how copyediting and proofreading of serialized fiction will work here at Edits by Jessica:
As with all other projects, you’ll contact me via the contact form on my website for your project. Just tell me a little bit about it, including the estimated/planned-for length of each episode, just so I can have a ballpark of not only how long each episode will take to work but also roughly how much it will cost per episode.
Rates for copyediting an episode will be $0.006/word. Rates for proofreading will be $0.004/word. This means a 1,000-word episode will cost $6 for copyediting and $4 for proofreading.
For example, if you send me one 1,000-word episode each week to be proofread, it will cost you $16/month to have your episodes proofread. If you send me two 1,000-word episodes each week, it will cost you $24/month. Obviously, this scales up or down depending on how many episodes you send me each month, but this should serve as a good baseline example.
Most importantly, there are no minimum charges involved. Rates are simply calculated on the word count of each episode.
When we work out the details of copyediting or proofreading the episodes, we’ll set a standing day or days for me to expect an episode in my inbox each week. (Episodes can be sent early; however, they may not be started until their scheduled day.) If these need to be changed or if you’re going to be late at any time, no problem. Just email me and we’ll tweak as necessary.
On the fifteenth of each month, I will send you an itemized invoice for the episodes I have copyedited or proofread for you throughout the month. Payment will be due on the last day of the month. There will be no service fees applied to serialized fiction invoices, since each episode will be treated as a separate project that is invoiced monthly.
Failure to pay can result in discontinuation of proofreading or copyediting services on your episodes until payment is made. Late fees of $10 will be assessed on the following month’s invoice if payment is not received by the end of the month.
If you have any questions, please get in touch, and I’ll be happy to answer them!