If you’re still stuck on editing costs, you may wonder where you can find free book editors. Well, I have great news for you! I have a great way for you to find one: Look in the mirror! 🙂
“I’ve found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living sh*t out of it.”
– Don Roff
You’re Not Going to Find Free Book Editors
Of course you want to keep your publishing costs down to a minimum, and we want to help you do just that. While it can’t substitute professional proofreading and editing (and you won’t find free book editors anywhere, so don’t waste any more time on that!), these tips will help reduce the amount of time an editor has to spend on your ebook:
- Read through your finished manuscript
Read aloud, and even record your voice, if you can, but don’t drone on. Read as though you’re recording for the library for the blind. This will help you pick up on incomplete sentences and grammatical errors.
- Fix typos and spelling
Set your word processor to the country preference of your target audience, and run the spell-checker.
- Print out your eBook
It’s often easier to pick up on errors in print than it is on screen. A screen can make the eyes lazy and they will simply glide over the typing. When you print it out, instead, you will find the mistakes popping out from the pages.
While it may seem trivial to bother with typos (everyone makes mistakes!) when you’re raring to get that book onto ebook readers around the world, you have to consider your readers. Errors reflect poorly on you as the author, and it affects the readability for readers.
“There are two typos of people in this world: those who can edit, and those who can’t.”
– Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE
What Goes Into Your Editing Quote (in case you can’t find free book editors)
Whenever you submit your book for manuscript editing services, the best book editors will spend some time on the following tasks:
- Reading several pages to understand the flow;
- Making editorial notes regarding the sentence structure, target audience, flow and plot;
- Checking the flow of your sentences for readability and transitions between paragraphs and chapters;
- Reviewing your writing style and tone;
- Assessing the magnitude of spelling and grammatical errors.
Book editing prices are based upon the amount of time it takes to edit a random test page within your ebook manuscript. The time is multiplied by the amount of pages in your book, and the editor’s hourly rate is applied.
How much does it cost to hire an editor?
See, it might take you 25 hours to write your ebook, and another R5, 000 to edit and publish it. I don’t know what an hour is worth to you, but let’s be fair and put your 25 hours at R5,000 too. That’s a total cost of R10, 000 for your eBook. If you sold your eBook for $8 / R80 (average price as of July 2014), you’d only have to sell 125 copies to break even. Whatever you sell after that, is profit, and if you sell that many copies, you should be well on your way to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the eBook industry.
Why are manuscript editing services to expensive?
In short, a lot of time goes into the editing process.
Your editor, on the other hand, paid his or her rent with the money you paid for editing services, and continues to slog away on other authors’ books, with no time to break into the market and become a contender for your number one spot on the bestseller list.
Do yourself (and your readers!) a favor: instead of wasting time trying to find free book editors, have a professional editor take a look at your manuscript. There are many affordable book editors who value the importance of editing and will perform a great service that will make the most of your manuscript.