All your editing & publishing needs!
Authors are generally very good at writing and telling their story, but even the best benefit by having their work critically reviewed and edited to produce a polished book.
No matter how good the story, if the reader has to stumble over typos, bad punctuation and grammar bloopers, you can guess what will happen. Editing that manuscript is a vital final step before having the book published professionally. Too many authors neglect this step.
For those who feel they have the editing craft mastered, many might not be so sure how to self-publish, or whether they want to venture down that path. Given the growing acceptance of self-published works, and having royalties paid to you rather than getting the thin end from an e-book publisher, it is well worth considering as a viable outlet.
Having been down both roads myself, I can appreciate the potholes an author can stumble into. I was a submissions editor for Writers Exchange E-Publishing, an editor for Double Dragon Publishing, Awe-Struck Publishing, and Solstice Publishing. I provide competitive editing and manuscript formatting services, with up-front pricing.
Intended for authors who feel they are already good editors, but want an independent review to catch small things that always slip through the net. This involves correcting punctuation, typos, minor word changes, and identifying grammar errors. Commentary provided to the author. I charge US$0.80 per manuscript page. A page is defined as a 11″ x 8.5″ document, 1″ margins all around, Times New Roman font, with double spaced lines.
An author may have edited the work, but needs a professional review and correction of the manuscript. What I provide is:
- Content and copy editing
Which includes proofreading and supplementary sentence rewrites when necessary. This level also includes reviewing the plot/character elements for consistency, with comments. The manuscript would be edited in sections and returned to the author for feedback.
- Line editing
Which is in-depth editing, and includes all of the above services. This is detailed and collaborative work between the author and myself to perfect the manuscript, and may involve some rewriting by the author.
Cost is between US$1.50 and $4 per page.
To determine the cost, an author needs to submit the first five pages of the manuscript for evaluation, which will determine the level of required editing. I will supply a free critique and an unbiased recommendation on the level of editing required. Once agreed to proceed, the author will be required to make full payment through an invoiced PayPal account.
Formatting & Publishing
For authors seeking to self-publish, I offer a manuscript formatting service for:
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
Smashwords (guaranteed to be accepted in the ‘Premium’ category)
Formatting means setting up the book layout to the publisher’s requirements. For CreateSpace, this includes creation of a PDF content file. Book cover artwork – print and e-book – and ISBNs to be supplied by the author if purchased. All prices in US dollars.
Amazon Kindle – $20
CreateSpace – $20
Smashwords – $20
If an author does not know how to get their manuscript published on any of these sites, I can arrange for this to be done.
Amazon Kindle – $10
CreateSpace – $10
Smashwords – $10
Creation of an account on any of these sites, including obtaining an EIN or SSN/ITIN and preparing the W-9 form (U.S. citizens) or the W-8BEN form (non-U.S. citizens), will be the author’s responsibility.
“His prompt replies, commitment and expertise has made me happy. I always look to him for the refinement of my manuscripts. My connection with him made me a better writer.”
“I want to thank you for making the manuscript better all around. The story is clearer and the protagonist stronger. I appreciate your insights and the generous care you took to get it right.”
The Curse of Akbar
By Troy Bond
“Stefan, thanks for all your close work on this novel. I look forward to working with you in the future. You obviously know what you are doing.”
By William Delamar
“I am always amazed at your work. Thanks.”
By Alan McTeer
“Stefan Vucak is a great guy to ask about ebook formatting. Can’t recommend him enough!”
“I do thank you for your efforts; it’s a much better book than it was.”
No Third Choice
By Anthony Kohler
“Stefan Vucak has edited two of our novels, The Lost City of the Condor and The Mayan Mask of Death. My co-author Loretta and I found his assistance invaluable.”
The Lost City of the Condor
By Vickie Britton
“I must give Stefan Vucak credit for his guidance, formatting work and much advice without a single hesitation. He is amazing, and every new writer can learn much from him. I would recommend him in a heartbeat.”
Margaret Rose Francis
“I am getting very excited and I want to thank you so much for all your hard work!”
By Diane Henry
“I am a pilot and a writer, but the editing you have done has so improved the story. Well done.”
By Alan McTeer