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2022 Editing Prices


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I have worked with best-selling authors such as Sawyer Bennett, Melissa McClone, Marquita Valentine, Juliette Poe, Jennifer Anne Davis, LB Gilbert, and Jasmine Walt (just to name a few), as well as up-and-coming authors such as Katie French, Rene Folsom, Jason Brant, Sonya Loveday, and Candace Knoebel, along with countless others.

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Proofreading starts at .0075 a word


Proofreading is done on a final draft and includes line-by-line correction of spelling and grammar. Each proofread receives only one pass before being sent back to the author. This package does not include second edit after author reviews changes.

It is extremely rare that I accept a manuscript for proofread only, and almost never for new clients. If manuscript has been copy edited by a reputable editor, I will consider it.

Package fees are baseline fees. Please be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done.

Anything over 5,000 but under 20,000 words is automatically $150 (or above).


Copy/Line Editing starts at .0085 a word


Copy Editing is done on a final draft and includes detailed, line-by-line editing for sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and, if needed, other issues that do not require major changes, such as plot consistency, character analysis, and style. Each detailed copy edit receives at least two passes before being sent back to the author. This package does not include second edit after author reviews changes.

Package fees are baseline fees. Please be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done.

Anything over 5,000 but under 20,000 words is automatically $170 (or above).


Detailed Copy/Line Editing & Proofread Package starts at .01 a word


This is the package recommended for every author, as well as the best-selling and best-value package. It also includes a free blurb edit ($50 value). The Detailed Copy/Line Editing and Proofread Package combines both services. This package has multiple steps. First, Detailed Copy/Line Editing (including light developmental, if needed) will be completed on the manuscript via track changes and returned to the author. The author will then make all the changes they need to based on offered suggestions. Once the author has finished this stage and returned it, a thorough Proofread will be done on the finished product. After that, it is sent it to an additional beta proofer (paid for by the editor) to find any pesky leftover missing words or small typos. When that is completed, it goes back to the author with the editor’s part finished completely. Authors then go over any changes made, incorporate them, and carry on with their publishing plan. Blurb edit/critique can be completed and returned before/during/after editing process, but blurb must be turned in with manuscript. This is the most cost-effective package if the author desires both a detailed copy edit as well as a final proofread after suggested changes have been made. This package gives the most-polished end product.

Package fees are baseline fees. Please be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done.

Anything over 5,000 but under 20,000 words is automatically $200 (or above).


Total Manuscript Tense and POV Change


First person present to third person past. Third person past to first person present. Price quotes available on request.


$50 for Blurb Editing & Critique


Need help making your blurb great? Need a fresh pair of eyes to check for errors and readability? This is your option. This is a flat-rate service with a five-day turnaround. (plus $2.50 processing)

Need it Sooner?

Three-day turnaround: $52.50 + $20 = $72.50

One-day turnaround: $52.50 + $50 = $102.50


$50 Flat Rate for Small Jobs


Almost anything 5,000 words and under, such as query letters, expanded synopses, and chapter samples. (plus $3.00 processing) Please contact the editor to see if material to be edited is accepted under this package.


Press Releases, Expanded Synopses, Chapter Samples, Website Material, Articles, and any other Non-Fiction Works over 5,000 Words – (I do not edit non-fiction books)


Price will need to be discussed on an as-needed basis.


Facebook Groups PA Service and Review Wrangler Service: (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)


Want your books posted in the multitude of book groups on Facebook, but don’t have the time to do it? I am a member of over 115+ Facebook book groups, and adding more every day. These range from Kindle Unlimited to Erotica to Dystopian to Romance to Reviews and everything in between.


$30 : ONCE A MONTH/No review Wrangling


I will post your preferred promotional material in at least 25 relevant book groups once a month (25 posts). 3 and 6-month packages available. Includes multiple promotional posts on Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp’s Facebook and Twitter.


$150 : 75 POSTS A MONTH WITH REVIEW WRANGLING


Prices listed are limited-time promo prices while service is new and getting adjusted. Subject to change.

I will post your preferred promotional material in at least 25 relevant book groups, number of posts spread throughout the month (75 posts) as well as coordinate any review copies/reviewers if review seeking is your goal from group promotion–which includes seeking reviewers, communication with reviewers, and follow-ups to attempt to get them to remember to post their reviews. 3 and 6-month packages available. Includes multiple promotional posts on Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. BEST PACKAGE!


Blog Post and Newsletter Editing


Price will need to be discussed on an as-needed basis. Monthly prices available based on number sent out.


Author Group for Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp


Feel free to request access to the group for current clients and authors interested in learning more about or becoming a client of Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp. It is the best place for information about the latest editing news and exclusive group editing discounts/promotions, as well as to have a place to ask questions and read posts about editing tips and tricks.


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Updated terms and conditions available upon request. They will be available online when regular website is back up.

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR AUTHORS:

Effective January 1, 2019, there will be an increase in editing rates on all packages and updates to the terms and conditions. Please read carefully as they have changed.


SCHEDULED spots per month are limited. Once they are booked, no others will be accepted until the next opening. A $52.50 fee will be charged at time of scheduling to book a spot. If slots are cancelled or submissions are late, the fee will not be refunded. If scheduled date is met, fees will be subtracted from final invoice. Fees pertaining to missed scheduling dates will be strictly enforced.

All submissions will have up to an eight week (see below [¹] ) completion period, and any submission accepted with less than an eight-week completion date will be considered a rush with a rush fee depending on the amount of time given to complete.

Submissions with set preorders will not be accepted if less than eight weeks from scheduled editing date or six weeks with prior approval.

On rare occasions, exceptions may be made concerning completion dates and preorders—for established clients only—if approved by the editor beforehand.

[¹] Eight weeks is fifty-six days. It may sound like a lot, but it is less than two months. Since I (try to) no longer work on weekends, this equals out to forty workdays for me. This does not include blackout dates for holidays or vacations.  (Example: If New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day fell during your fifty-six days, you would add two extra days to completion time for a total of fifty-eight days.) 

HOWEVER, not all edits require the full amount of time for completion. The deadline is simply set in place to allow for ample time in case of a full schedule, unexpected delay or circumstance, sickness, or any other happenstance. IF an edit is completed before the deadline, it will be delivered to the author early. Just in case, always expect an edit could take the full amount of time, but know the editor works diligently to complete projects sooner.

MANUSCRIPTS must be submitted in Times New Roman, size 11 font, and 1 1/2 spaced. If they are not, I will change them. It makes the editing process cleaner and easier.

I DO NOT edit non-fiction books. However, I will edit non-fiction articles, website material, press releases, and other such subject matter. I am also not familiar with UK grammar. I will edit UK books, but only if they are being completely Americanized.  If you want to keep some UK tone, (colour instead of color, sayings, etc) that is fine. You just have to make sure to tell me. However, any and all grammar related issues that I do recognize will be Americanized.

GRAPHIC and/or gratuitous RAPE scenes are not accepted. Books containing them are subject to IMMEDIATE return without refund or completion. 

HOWEVERbooks that contain rape are not an automatic no. A girl trying to get over being raped, a fade-to-black rape scene that is integral to the story, a book about rape that inspires hope in victims, a crime book that manages to impress the violence without making it graphic and pleasingly sexual, etc… would all be considered and most likely accepted. Please just explain the scenes to me beforehand.

Erotica books that use rape as something pleasingly sexual, or any book that does, or any book that describes rape in graphic, violent, sexual, scene-by-scene detail, will NOT be accepted. If in a book I accepted without my prior knowledge, it will be returned with NO REFUND OR COMPLETION. (Rape Clause Added October 20, 2015)

AUTHORS are responsible for getting their books to me by the date agreed upon. Scheduled submissions that miss their scheduled date and wish to stay on the schedule will be charged an additional late fee (starting at) $52.50 and will be rescheduled to the next available slot. Late or cancelled submissions that have occurred three or more times will no longer be accepted.

RUSH JOBS, which I rarely take and usually only from established clients, will incur a fee. It will depend on length of the manuscript and amount of time given to finish. The base amount of a rush is $150, and it goes up from there. Any submission with less than an eight-week completion date will be considered a rush with a rush fee depending on the amount of time given to complete. The less amount of time given to complete the edit, the higher the rush fee.

Rush jobs are hard on me, so while I do not mind occasionally taking them, please respect the amount of pressure it puts on me and not make a habit out of it. I do understand there are times when there are no other choices and life happened, but always try to schedule in advance.

Rush submissions will need to be preapproved and will require at least five business days for completion, unless approved by the editor in advance.

An occasional emergency exception may be made for established clients.

PLEASE be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. Submissions turned in that do not meet approved price-based sampled standards will be returned to authors to have them brought up to standards, or they will be charged a fee of up to 20% of invoice to be brought to standards by the editor.

Manuscripts are only taken at packages they are ready for. If authors request a proof or detailed copy edit only, it must be in a condition that will assure a quality final product.

My name is my brand. Please understand finalized products attached to my brand reflect on my services.

FACT-CHECKING is not included in any package. As a courtesy, if I notice anything that does not sound right, I will look it up and point it out. However, if your book has excessive fact-checking that needs to be completed, it should  be addressed during the developmental editing stage, which I am not responsible for.

PAYMENT is accepted up front, with the scheduling fee of $52.50 invoiced on day submission is scheduled. When submission is received on or before the scheduled date, an invoice will be sent through PayPal. No work will be done until invoice is paid in full. PayPal fees are calculated and added to final bill. If slots are cancelled or submissions are late, the scheduling fee will not be refunded. If scheduled date is met, fees will be subtracted from final invoice. Fees pertaining to missed scheduling dates will be strictly enforced.

Editing is not a hobby; it is my livelihood. Cancellations leave me without the paycheck I counted on when the author reserved a time slot, and last-minute cancellations are hard to fill. Please be courteous and respect my time as I make every attempt to do yours as well.

HOLIDAYS, holiday weekends, and vacation days DO NOT count toward the estimated amount of time given to edit your manuscript. Those times are spent with my family. We always take a vacation during the week of Thanksgiving, a week at the end of March, a week in the summer—usually in July—and I take a week off at Christmas—usually December 20-27th. Please be respectful of those times. If any of those fall during your time period, please be aware of this.

Example: If you are given a time period which includes December 20-27, please be aware you will need to add an additional 7 days to completion time for a total of 63 days. 

I no longer work on weekends unless it is an emergency. I have to have at least one to two days a week off. Please remember this is now factored into scheduling. (see above [¹] )

Times given are estimates unless completely firmed up with me by way of a preorder publication date. Two-week turnarounds on copy edits are no longer automatically given. Submissions are given six week turnarounds [¹] unless approved by the editor in advance. Several manuscripts are in my hands at all times. I work for multiple publishing companies as well as freelance.

Manuscripts are given my complete attention and are turned over in as timely a manner as possible. Sometimes, life happens and a manuscript may be delayed, though never more than a couple of days. Please be patient. This rarely happens. Also, I am a night owl. If a book is due to client on (example) the 26th, any time before is 5AM on the 27th is considered on time.

***I am NOT a developmental editor. I am a final-draft editor. If you are a FIRST-TIME AUTHOR who needs extensive help with plot, character development, and flow, I would recommend you hire a developmental editor to work with you through the different stages of pre-editing before you contact me.***

I reserve the right to refuse any and all manuscripts at my discretion. I also employ a contributing freelance editor who does occasional copy OR proof for me. Every manuscript, however, makes it way through me for first and final edits.

Contact Details:
To contact me about availability, questions, or to submit your manuscript, please email me at cynthiashepp@yahoo.com. Please be aware that my schedule fills up quickly. A 4-6 week pre-schedule and manuscript acceptance procedure is necessary to guarantee a spot.

However, do not hesitate to contact me about sooner availability. It is always possible that I have open spots.

(No Refunds… No Exceptions.)
I always recommend that authors send the manuscript to betas after editing. No manuscript will ever be 100% perfect. Betas can help find those stray errors before publication. They are a valuable asset. I have three beta proofers who occasionally do third-glance proofreads for me, but only after initial edits and proofreads are already done. They are more of a second-set-of-eyes part of the process. If, for any reason, you do not want this extra (Free to the author–I pay for it.) addition, please let me know. I just like to make sure manuscripts are given the best treatment. One more set of eyes never hurts; it can only help. 

I continuously update my Terms and Conditions. It is the client’s responsibility to occasionally glance at them to see if anything has changed.

🔴  Please email cynthiashepp@yahoo.com to schedule a spot. Full list of terms and conditions can be found at www.cynthiashepp.com.

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INTERVIEW WITH ELLE CASEY: INDIE AUTHOR


Here it is Ladies and Gentlemen, the much anticipated interview with Elle Casey. She is the author of so many great books and has many more coming out this year. She is responsible for the awesomeness (I think Jason is rubbing off on me lol) of the ‘War of the Fae’ series, ‘Vampire Seasons’, ‘Desperate Measures’, ‘Apocalypsis’, and ‘Wrecked’. She is also cranking out books left and right for the rest of the year. I am so looking forward to the spin-off series of ‘The War of the Fae’, which is called ‘Clash of the Otherworlds’. I will quit being a fan girl though, and let Elle Casey speak for herself. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Please share it everywhere it can be shared, you can reblog it, facebook it, tweet it…whatever floats your boat. Also, please like this page at the bottom if you liked this interview. I am also sure Elle would LOVE reader comments. Lets show some support for the Indie authors we ♥

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Elle, I love your books. What made you decide you wanted to write? Why YA novels?

I read an article about Amanda Hocking last December and the success she had being an indie (self-published author).  It inspired me to finish the novel Wrecked, which I’d been working on for years, on and off.  I never finished it before because I’m a very impatient person by nature, and the idea of hounding agents to represent me and waiting for an agent to find a publisher just seemed like it could never happen – like winning the lottery.  I had a life, a family, work … better things to do with my time, essentially.  But when I found out I could publish the book myself, that changed the whole deal for me.  I finished the book in about 6 weeks or so, had it edited, and published it. (And the rest, as they say, is history. lol)  — I write YA simply because it’s my favorite genre to read.  I’ve written one adult novel so far and enjoyed the process, and I will write more of it, but my heart is still with YA.

What made you move to France? How is life different living in a foreign country?

I needed more adventure in my life, and France was perfect for that.  I crave what I call “controlled adventure”.  Safe but awesome stuff.  You won’t find me in the Amazonian jungle, but a country with wine that flows like water and over 4,000 cheeses?  Sign me up.  I also wanted my kids to experience another culture and become bi-lingual.  I feared that as Americans who had never lived anywhere else, they were getting a somewhat skewed view of the world.  France’s language, culture, and people have been near to my heart since I was young.  My mom majored in French in college and was always throwing French phrases around at our house.  Then I took French in high school.  As an adult I visited a few times.  I guess I could never get it out of my system.  We were originally only going to stay here for a year – but we’ve decided to stay indefinitely because we love it so much.  And now that I write for a living, it’s possible for me to live anywhere in the world that I have an internet connection.

The first book I read of yours was ‘Wrecked’. I loved the characters. It reminded me of the dynamics of high school. Do you have a hard time writing from a teenagers point of view?

No, I think I find it easy for two reasons: First, I have two of them at home; and second, because I’m very immature – practically still a teenager myself sometimes.  🙂

What do you think of sex in YA novels?

I think if an author is writing for older YA audiences (teens 15+) it’s perfectly okay.  Why?  Because that’s when most teens become sexually active (or their friends do), so it’s real; it’s a realistic world the author creates when it reflects the realities of a teen’s life.  I wouldn’t use it in Middle-Grade YA, though.  And I do have a middle-grade YA series coming out next year, so my 8-year-old can have something of mine to read.  I have one chapter done, just because I had to get it out of my head, and it has the word poop in it a lot (I did mention earlier that I’m immature, right?) —  I know some readers don’t agree that YA should ever have sex, violence, drugs, or any of the things some find “inappropriate” for teens who aren’t yet married adults.  But those people, in my opinion, want authors to create unrealistic fantasy worlds; and even in fantasy worlds, I like to keep it real, if you know what I mean.  I manage reader expectations by warning them there is foul language or sex or whatever in the books – then they can make an informed decision about whether to read it or not.  And if I forget to warn about it in the blurb, my readers mention it in reviews, so it’s not a secret what’s in my books.

Most of your books have bad language in them. I, for one, think it makes them hilarious and more realistic. Teenagers have bad mouths lol, and that is just a fact. What do you say to people that do not approve of bad language in YA books? Where do you come up with some of the stuff your characters say?

I tell anyone who doesn’t like the swearing in my books to go to H.E. double hockey sticks.  JUST KIDDING!!  Seriously.  I never say that to reader.  I adore my readers, even the ones like my Uncle Doug who think cussing is the devil’s work.  When a reader complains (which has happened twice in an email to me, and has been negatively mentioned in a handful of reviews) I tell them that I write in what I consider to be a realistic style and suggest they seek out middle-grade YA for more tame language or even traditionally published YA, because publishers tend to eliminate most cuss words from their books  — Everything my characters say comes from the voices in my head, so I guess that tells you a lot about me, doesn’t it?  🙂

I absolutely loved Jayne in the ‘War of the Fae’ series. Is her character based on anyone you know?

Hell yes.  Me.

Which do you like better: writing fantasy books like the ‘War of the Fae’ series or more realistic books such as ‘Wrecked’? I also know that you have written a chick lit book. I still need to read it! How was that different from writing YA?

I prefer fantasy and science fiction because believe it or not, it’s easier for me to write.  I don’t have the same boundaries – if I can dream it and find a way to make is seem ‘possible’, it works in the story.  Readers of realistic work (like Action/Adventure) have a problem when you portray things unrealistically; and of course, if you portray it too realistically, you get accused of writing things that are too cliché.  Makes me crazy.  I like the freedom of writing fantasy where readers are mentally prepared to play in my world, and I can build it how I want.  — Chick lit is different in that I have to move out of the teen realm and move into grown-up realm.  Everything’s different from clothes, to language, to habits, to behaviors …  I have to make a big shift mentally to go into chick lit, but since I enjoy reading in that genre too, it’s not too big a stretch for me.  Plus sometimes I actually have to act like an adult, so I know how to write it realistically, I think.

Why did you write your chick/lit book under the Kat Lee pen name, but immediately out yourself as Elle Casey?

The reason for using the different pen name was twofold: First, I am doing that project and any chick lit books I write with my mom.  We’re business partners, I guess you could say.  She’s handling the promotion for me and giving me lots of beta reading along the way as I write.  Second, it’s not young adult, and the sex is a lot more grown-up and explicit, so I didn’t want to risk a young adult reader who actually is a young adult (I have mostly adult readers, even for the YA books) to pick it up thinking it’s young adult and have their parents get all up in my grill over it (I already get enough grief over the very vanilla sex scene in Wrecked).  So a different name made it easier to say, “Hey!  This is a sexy book!  Maybe not for your fourteen-year-old!”  But, on the other hand, I wanted readers who enjoy my writing style – many of whom ask me on a regular basis when I’m going to have new stuff to read – to have access to it without having to hunt for it too hard.  The majority of my readers are adults, so I figured if they read chick lit and liked my YA stuff, maybe they’d enjoy that too.

Who is your favorite character, besides Jayne, in the ‘War of the Fae’ and why?

Tim the pixie.  He’s hilarious and has lots of secrets I’m dying to know.  Plus, I’m a sucker for a misunderstood guy.

Which book is your favorite out of all the books you wrote?

I honestly like them all.  Wrecked was my first, and I think as I continued to write, each book got better.  So if you want to know which one I think is the best from a technical standpoint, I’d say whatever the most recent one is.  I become more skilled with each attempt.  But my favorite world so far is the War of the Fae world.  And that series is my most popular with readers, too.

If you could be any type of paranormal creature/person, what would you be?

And elemental of course.  Mother Fucking Nature, baby.  [Quote from War of the Fae, people.  Don’t email me that you’re offended by my language.  It wasn’t me!  I swear!]

I just finished your new book, Apocalypsis. Where did the idea from that book come from?

I have been intrigued by the idea of kids living without parents since I was very young.  I was always dreaming up scenarios like that and read books with those themes whenever I could find them.  I even left home when I was 17, frustrated with the adults in my life.  All of my books in the YA world have an element of teens surviving without adults or living more independently.  I guess I just love the concept.  As a teen I was depressed a lot and felt very lost and misunderstood, which caused me to want to live away from the adult influences in my life. The memories of those times have never left me and I want to write for people who also might have felt that way before.  In my stories, you can escape for a little while and live that “what if” fantasy.

Do you really think that teenagers could survive without adults in a post-apocalyptic world?

Of course.  Kids can be very resourceful when left to their own devices.  Plus we’re hard-wired to survive.

What is one piece of advice you would give your kids if they were in the situation the characters of Apocalypsis are in?

Stick together, don’t give up, kick ass when you need to, and don’t forget to be kind to each other.

I also have to know because it was just a few days ago that you posted that the first draft of Apocalypsis was finished, and yet the second book comes out in a month…how do you write books so fast? What is your secret?

I’m a cyborg.  Shhh.  Don’t tell.

What is coming up for you after the Apocalypsis books?

Here’s my schedule for the rest of 2012: Apocalypsis 2 (July), Apocalypsis 3 (August), Clash of the Otherworlds [COTOW] 1 (September), COTOW 2 (October), COTOW 3 (November), Vampire Seasons 2 (November), Reckless, [sequel to Wrecked] (December), Desperate Measures 2 (December).  And in 2013:  Desperate Measures 3 (January), joint project with Jason “Dead Muskrat on His Head” Brant (February), and then, who knows?  More YA series, including a middle-grade one starring an 8-year-old girl named Goo and her 2-year-old brother Looshie. I might also take a vacation for a couple weeks at some point.

Jason Brant told me to ask you why you were such a douche and how do you deal with his awesomeness lol, but you don’t have to answer that, if you don’t want to

Well.  You can tell Jason from me that … no.  Wait.  Let me start over.  A-hem.  The reason why Jason calls me a douche is because the word douche means ‘shower’ in French (and I live in France, so he’s always being cute and using French words with me), so it’s his sneaky way of ‘showering’ me with affection.  It’s a cute little thing he does while guzzling cheap beer and huffing glue over his keyboard.  I deal with Jason’s awesomeness by writing ten times as many books as he does in a year.  BOOYAH, JASON!  Why don’t you spread that on your toast and eat it, Muskrat Head!  … wait … did I actually just write that?

Thank you so much for answering my questions! I cannot wait to read whatever is coming next from you. I am also so excited by the prospect of a Elle/Jason book. It is going to be one wild ride!

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I hope you enjoyed that interview. Please do not forget to share this anyway you like, facebook, twitter, blog…anywhere you can. I am also sure Elle would enjoy reader comments/questions. Elle is also on facebook and Twitter, as well as has her own website. I am sure that she would love to connect with you on these. Please also ‘like’ my facebook page and/or follow my blog for more great reviews and interviews that will be coming soon.

(Elle’s website) http://ellecasey.com/ 

(Elle’s Facebook) http://www.facebook.com/ellecaseytheauthor 

(My Facebook) http://www.facebook.com/cynthiashepp 

Links to some of Elle’s Books! I hope you give them all a chance.

Apocalypsis: Book 1 (Kahayatle)

Wrecked

The Changelings (War of the Fae: Book 1)

Call to Arms (War of the Fae: Book 2)

Darkness & Light (War of the Fae: Book 3)

New World Order (War of the Fae: Book 4)

My Vampire Summer (Vampire Seasons)

Full Measure (Desperate Measures Trilogy: Book 1)