To obtain the editing services of the Smoky Mountain Editing team, please send an introductory email to Danelle Fetters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to include the following information in your email to us!
- Attach the first 1000 words of your project; this must be sent as a Word-formatted (.docx) document attachment - please do not copy and paste your work into your email. Attaching the first 1000 words of your project to your introductory email allows us to get a feel for your individual writing style and whether we think our editing service would be a good match for you.
- Author Name
- Title and description/blurb of the work
- Estimated publishing schedule (and any known deadlines) - please include the final date before which you would like the editing returned to you. This will help us determine if your project fits into our deadline schedule. Understand that this is for your benefit; the more time available for editing your project, the more steps we can take to be sure you end up with a thoroughly polished work.
- How you would like the work to be edited - if your project is finished and you would like the entire work edited at once, this is fine. However, we understand that some authors prefer to edit as they go, so we are also willing to edit your manuscript by chapter, section, or pre-determined word count segment.
If your work is accepted ...
You will receive an email from our chief editor, to congratulate you and request any additional information needed for your project. You will also be invited at this time to send the full text of your project (or begin sending predetermined sections), as follows:
- You must agree to send any further requested writing as a Word-formatted (.docx) document attachment, as this is the preferred processing program of our editor(s).
- Please be sure to keep a copy of your original file! We are not liable for loss of the document in the event of computer failure or hard drive loss, and you will want a copy of your original file to compare with our edited file.
Our Promise To You:
Your project will be thoroughly edited for U.S. grammar mistakes and standards, misspellings, typos, and punctuation errors. Your project will be read through with a fine eye for detail - suggested editorial changes will be highlighted within the document, with parenthetic explanations in red lettering. Other errors such as frequently used words, discrepancies in the text, or awkwardness in the writing will also be noted in this manner. This process includes all expected editorial suggestions under the categories of proofing, copy editing, and line editing.
What We Ask In Exchange:
Because our editing process is so thorough and extensive, and because we are willing to edit your work in full or in part, we charge a flat editing rate of $4 per page for one editor, and $7 per page for two editors. This price is subject to change at any time, but once a project has begun, you are assured of the price you were quoted. Please note that authors wishing to have their work looked over by two editors will need to allow extra time for this process to be completed. All projects require a 20% down payment before the process begins, with the balance due when the project is complete. The total cost will be based upon the length of the original document, and will not reflect page count changes due to editorial notation. Authors who choose in faith to pay the full cost of the project in advance will be granted a 10% discount. Payment may be made by check, money order, or Paypal transaction. Please note that if you choose to pay with a check or money order, your project will not officially begin until your deposit has cleared.
Although we promise to do everything possible to ensure a well-polished project, we cannot promise perfection. Editing is a human process subject to error, and because the brain often sees what should be there instead of what is, we can't promise that your project will be 100% error free. This is also why your project will be checked over in multiple ways, including electronic software for grammatical and punctuation errors, audio reading for errors, forgotten or duplicated words, and awkwardness in the text. Sometimes your work may even be seen by multiple editors, but please understand that our editors are still human. It is rare for any manuscript to be published error-free, but we do promise to give your project our very best, and that it will come back to you in a polished state that you can be proud of.