Rabbit trails, awkward sentence construction, grammatical errors, and breaks in thought flow reduce a writer’s effectiveness. That’s why even seasoned authors benefit from an editor’s fresh perspective and critical eye. Please do not publish your book without first seeking an editor’s guidance. You will sell yourself—and your readers—short.
Contact an editor when your project is at least 95 percent complete. To get the most out of your editorial experience, you will need to address revisions within a few days of receiving them. At times this will require minor rewrites or expansions on an idea. Each project is completed within a set time frame.
At Faith-Based Editorial Services the journey begins with a critique of your work as a whole. For a flat fee, Bethany reads your manuscript in detail and prepares a 2–4 page evaluation that includes the following:
Fees are based on the word count of your manuscript.
Times may vary depending on Bethany's workload. But usually you can plan on two weeks for up to 80,000 words and three weeks for longer manuscripts.
Critiques never obligate you to proceed with further editing; in fact, they are designed to limit your costs. After thoroughly reviewing your work, Bethany will help you understand the time and financial investment your project needs prior to submission or publication. Should you and she choose to move forward with an edit, a sample edit and estimate will be provided prior to contract.
Typically, documents are edited in MS Word using the Track Changes feature. It allows you to easily follow the comments and suggested revisions. Bethany first performs a detailed content edit of your work, passes the revised piece to you, and then copy edits (fine tunes) the final manuscript. Please note: Only manuscripts that have undergone a professional content edit are eligible for fine tuning.
Colossians 3:23 teaches that we should perform our work wholeheartedly as to the Lord. Every published work should be as strong and polished as possible—especially when it pertains to the gospel message or to growth in Christ. Your maturity as a writer and the success of your work are important. Bethany will offer not just constructive criticism but sincere encouragement.
Content editing is both science and art. Great editors do their best to bring out your best. In instances where opinions differ, Faith-Based Editorial Services will bow to you. If at any point you decide you don’t like Bethany’s approach, you may resign from the contract and pay only for hours worked. She wants you to love the way your project takes shape.