“The editor is the author’s first — best — reader.” So says my Libertà partner, Sophie Weston, and I’m sure she is right. I’m a self-published author now, with more than a dozen commercially published books on my backlist and well over a million copies sold, but I still pay a trusted freelance editor as my first and best reader. Why?
Because — like most writers — I can’t be objective enough to edit my own MS.
But I can be objective enough to advise you on YOUR MS!
I have more than 15 years of publishing experience and was a reader for the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme for many of them. I’m delighted to say that some of my NWS “students” have gone on to great commercial success.
One of my current clients, the award-winning alternate history/thriller author, Alison Morton, describes my editing service like this:
No writer should be without an editor and I’ve had the privilege of working with one of the best, Joanna Maitland. Her incisive vision and attention to detail have been crucial to the development of my ROMA NOVA thriller series. She takes no prisoners, but the guidance and support she provides is unrivalled.
My background is in historical romance and thrillers, but I’m happy to edit romance of all periods, plus time-slip, thrillers, crime, sf&f, and other commercial fiction. To find out more about my approach to editing, read my guest blog, here.
Services I currently offer are: —
- Developmental edit (= the big picture) — I’ll report on the shape and structure of your story, characters and motivation, impact, pace, style, with suggestions for revisions
- Proofreading — I’ll correct your (professionally edited) MS for grammar, punctuation, factual continuity, consistency and more
Fees — Developmental Edits
I base my editing fees on an hourly rate — for a previously published author, my charges tend to come in at around £300-£350 for a developmental edit of a MS of up to 90,000 words. Longer manuscripts cost more. I will be happy to quote for your MS if you send me details of its length and genre, plus background about your writing experience. For a quote, please email me (Joanna@libertabooks.com).
Fees — Proofreading
To proofread a professionally-edited manuscript, my fee is £4 per 1,000 words.
You can see some of my Joanna Maitland cover designs on my author page here. Some of my Sophie Weston covers can be seen on Sophie’s page here. And you can download my handout on working with a cover designer here. If you like what I do and you’re interested in becoming a client for cover design, do email me about free design slots (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Currently, my fee for a cover for a new client is £100 plus licence fees (for images and/or non-standard fonts). I usually offer a 10% discount for second and later covers for the same author client, ie £90 plus licence fees.