Sally Chewter - Copy Editor / Proofreader

Sally Chewter.

Sally Chewter.

Price Guide

I find the simplest pricing strategy is to charge by the word count. This way, there are no surprises! I charge 1c. US per word for proofreading, and 3c. US per word for copy editing. If you refer to the following links, you can see exactly what is covered by these two services: Copy Editing and Proofreading.

Once this has been agreed, I take one third of the total as an upfront payment, usually via Paypal, upon receipt of which I immediately start work. Once I consider the work basically finished, I take the second third, at which point I send the document back to the client for their approval and so that they can inform me of any further changes which they would like to see. Once these are attended to, I will ask for the final third of the payment and, immediately upon receipt, the completed document will be returned to the client. If required, for a small additional fee, the manuscript can be turned into an eBook, suitable for submission to Amazon, Smashwords, Lulu print-on-demand and so on.

Write A Book In Less Than A Month (Yes, Really!)

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Bethany Cadman - author of ‘Doctor Vanilla’s Sunflowers’

Setting writing targets is always good. If we don’t, then it can be easy for writing projects to go on forever. We keep meaning to sit down and write another chapter, another page, and then life just seems to get in the way, and those self-imposed deadlines just keep getting pushed further and further back.

The well-known author Stephen King once said “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.” His point being that, if you can’t get even a rough draft out in this time, the process becomes so long and laborious that, by the time you have finished, you may have to start all over again! Many writers don’t have the luxury of being able to make writing a book their full-time job.

Whether they do other freelance work, or a different job entirely on the side, setting aside time for creative writing can be tough. But imagine if you could write a book in less than a month! It sounds almost impossible, right? But, if you could find a way to do it, would you? Of course, you would! So let’s find out how.

"A highly skilled professional editor"

BobHix"Sally Chewter edited a large volume of technical and medical related articles for use on my national website. She not only proved to be an excellent editor, but she was able to understand the target market I was attempting to reach and help me express the information in a more meaningful manner. I would recommend her as a highly skilled professional editor and a person who is easy to work with. She understands the concept of deadlines and met or exceeded my expectations."

Robert L. Hix, Health Insurance Advisory

How to Write Sales Copy for the Back of Your Nonfiction Book

A very helpful article by Stephanie Chandler of the Non-Fiction Authors Association (see below):

If you’re working on your first book, you will inevitably have to sit down and write the sales copy that appears on the back of your book (also known as “jacket” copy).16470910-201x300 For authors who haven’t had to do this before, it can feel like a bit of a challenge.

You have a very limited amount of space on the back of your book so every word counts. The ultimate goal is to entice your target audience—potential readers—and convince them to purchase your book. With this in mind, here are some guidelines:

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