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I accept English-language manuscripts only. However, I am happy to work with foreign authors to tidy up works that have been translated into English.
My default is standard American spellings and usage. Please let me know if you prefer to adhere to British spellings and usage. A surcharge may be added, depending on the length of the work.
Hard-copy submissions should be in standard industry formatting, which is an average of 250 words per page, double-spaced with one-inch margins on all four sides of white 8.5-by-11-inch or A4/letter paper. My preferred font is 12-point Times New Roman. Material presented in other formats may be priced differently than noted on the menu. The page count will be confirmed in writing prior to the start of the project.
Hard-copy material may be single- or double-sided. Please ensure the paper used for double-sided material is sufficiently opaque and that the type is not visible from the other side. Hard copies must be accompanied by a return envelope and correct return postage.
Exception: Contest entries must be submitted in the format required by the contest.
Electronic submissions must be in standard industry formatting, which is an average of 250 words per page, double-spaced with one-inch margins on all four sides of 11-by-8.5- inch or A4/letter screen image. My preferred font is 12-point Times New Roman and my preferred format is .doc or .docx files in Word. If you prefer to send the material as a .pdf file or in another format, please be aware that the editorial process will take longer and that may alter the price.
Material submitted in other electronic file formats may be changed to the format described above and the official page count will be that of the manuscript in the industry-standard format, unless
otherwise agreed. A $10 formatting surcharge will be added to the invoice. The page count will be confirmed in writing prior to the start of the project.
Electronic submissions may be sent as an e-mail attachment or uploaded to a secure .ftp site. The Comments and/or Track Changes features will be used for Word files and the Sticky Note feature for .pdf files. All changes to any document will be visible and reversible.
All payments must be in U.S. dollars. Payment in full is required prior to starting a project with an estimated total of less than $100. For all other projects, I require 50% of the estimated total to be paid prior to starting the project. The remaining 50% is due upon completion and delivery of the project. For certain projects, such as writing or ghostwriting projects, the payment may be made incrementally on a retainer basis.
I offer a 5% discount from the published rates for projects that are estimated to be more than $100 and are paid in full prior to the start of the project.
Current members of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Novelists, Inc., will receive a 5% discount from published rates.
Payment must be made via PayPal or by personal check or money order. Checks must clear before the project begins. Any fees for insufficient funds or other payee-related issues must be paid prior to the start of the project.
A letter of agreement outlining the project must be signed and returned to me prior to the start of the contract. You will receive a copy of the letter signed by both of us.
The author will identify the style manual to which the manuscript should adhere. If no style manual is indicated, it will be edited according to the most current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.
Authors are encouraged to submit a style sheet with their material to identify names, spellings, terms, and usages that are specific to the manuscript.