New services, new pricing structure

Happy New Year! To kick off 2019, I’ve decided to revamp my services and implement the feedback I’ve received from my clients and email subscribers regarding my pricing structure.

What’s new?

I’m excited to add a new option, the query critique, to my content editing services. It involves an assessment of your 1 page synopsis and up to 3 chapters of your novel, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your story concept and examining the quality of your writing. It’s aimed at people who are planning to send query submissions to agents and publishers, as well as those who want an assessment of their ideas and writing quality before they’ve completed their novel.

I’m equally pleased to announce that, from now on, I’ll be accepting payments for all my services in US dollars as well as in GBP. This will make it a lot easier for me to work with international clients. As the pound fluctuates against the dollar, I may from time-to-time adjust the USD prices listed on my website, but any changes shouldn’t be too dramatic.

What’s changed?

Following feedback from my clients and email subscribers, I’ve decided to trial a new pricing system for my structural and editor’s reports. The cost of these will now be determined according to the length of your manuscript, with rates set per 1000 words. However, unlike for copy-editing and proofreading, I’ve decided to include minimum and maximum caps to reflect the reporting element of the work, which is less affected by length. This new system will be much fairer. However, it’s a little more complicated than the previous flat rates, so to make things easier I’ve included a cost calculator on my website. You can input the service you’re interested in and your word count and get an estimate of the cost that’s tailored to you.

I intend to trial this new system for the next few months, so I may make adjustments here and there. My intention is that it’s here to stay, but that ultimately depends on feedback from my clients.

I’ve also raised some of my other prices to make sure I can deliver my services sustainably, but I’ve made sure they’re still competitive.

What’s gone?

I’m no longer offering the editor’s critique, which was effectively a professional beta read. I found that most clients who booked this report wanted to upgrade afterwards so that they could get my recommendations as well, and that was becoming more and more difficult due to an increasingly busy schedule.

Looking for an editing partner

I’m currently conducting a search for a new editing partner to collaborate with on both my content editing and copy-editing/proofreading work (if you have editing expertise and a passion for historical fiction, you’re welcome to get in touch!). As my schedule has become increasingly busy, I want to give clients the option of getting a quicker edit with a partner rather than waiting for me. It’s worth saying that I only ever use partners with the permission of my clients, and you’ll still be able to book with me no matter what.

On that note, I’m currently booked up until mid-March, and I anticipate being booked 2 months in advance for some time. If you want to book an edit, it’s a good idea to get in touch with me nice and early to avoid disappointment.

Well, that’s it! Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any feedback on the above. If you want to check out my revamped services and use the cost calculator, click here.


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Andrew Noakes

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Andrew is a specialist historical fiction editor based in London, UK.