Author Services

Manuscript Proofing (All Fiction Welcome – Not Just Taboo)

Whether or not you take advantage of our author services, we highly encourage you to read your manuscript as many times as you can before submitting it to anyone for publication! Everyone makes mistakes. The larger your work of fiction, the more mistakes you’re likely to make. Your readers will forgive minor grammar and formatting errors here and there, but a book with too many errors makes you look unlearned and unprofessional. In some cases, it makes your book unreadable. Don’t risk having your hard work being ridiculed or dismissed. Get a second, fresh pair of eyes on your book! In fact, get as many eyes on it as you can!

We realize finding someone to proofread your book isn’t always an option, especially for romance and erotica writers. Most writers in these genres write under pen names as to not give their dark secret away. If you fall into this category, you may have a harder time than most finding someone to proof your work. Even if you’re not in literary hiding, you may not have access to friends and family with enough editorial knowledge to give your work the go-ahead.

Fear not. Black Lotus Books has you covered!

The Cost of Hiring a Freelancer

If you don’t have access to a free editor, your next option (besides hiring us) is to hire a freelance proofreader. On average, it takes a proofreader an hour to read two chapters (6,000 words). Generally speaking, freelancer proofreaders charge between $20 to $80 per hour. As such, paying a freelancer to proof a novelette of 12,000 words, could cost you between $40 to $320… and that’s just for the proofing.

If you decide to pay for editing services in addition to proofreading, you can expect to pay about double what you paid for proofing. Again, just for a 12,000 word work of short fiction, hiring a freelancer to proof and edit a novelette might run you between $80 to $650 for editing and proofing. If you need a larger manuscript reviewed, say full novel of 50,000 words, you can expect to pay anywhere from $320 to $2560.

We understand why freelancers charge so much for their work, but we also understand that many indie authors don’t have the luxury to dish out that much cash to get their book proofed and edited. That’s a large investment considering the vast majority of self-published books sit out in the ether unseen.

Black Lotus Books is here for authors; indie authors too!

Our Prices Are Far Below Industry Norms

When it’s all said and done, the industry standards for proofing and editing a manuscript work out to be somewhere between $0.01 and $0.06. Black Lotus Books provides these author services for a fraction of the price; a meager $0.001 per word. That’s outrageously low compared to the norm. And unlike hiring a freelancer whose background and experience might entail too wide a range of writing styles and formats, we specialize in fiction. Thus, on top of getting your book proofed and edited, we can give you our honest take on your book and story if you’d like.

The following is a quick guide to our prices and an estimate of how much it will cost you to let Black Lotus Books proof, edit, prep, and covert your manuscript.

Manuscript Proofing
After we’ve proofread your manuscript, we’ll pass the markup along to you; along with our editorial take on your story.

$0.001 Per Word

1,000 – $1
5,000 – $5
10,000 – $10
25,000 – $25
50,000 – $50
75,000 – $75
100,000 – $100

Manuscript Proofing+Editing
We’ve already read it. You might as well let us edit it while we’ve got it tacked up to our boards.

$0.0015 Per Word

1,000 – $1.50
5,000 – $7.50
10,000 – $15
25,000 – $37.5
50,000 – $75
75,000 – $112.50
100,000 – $150

Manuscript Prep+File Conversion

While we’re correcting your manuscripts errors, we might as well make the appropriate tweaks to your files, including preparing two unique files; one for eBook conversion, and one for print.

And since we’re perfecting your files, we might as well convert your manuscript to eBook.

We’ll do both; prepare your manuscript for print and eBook, and convert your files to eBook format, for an additional $10.

We’re happy to provide you with either a MOBI, ePUB, PDF, ZIP file, or all of the above, at your request. If you’re not sure which file types you need, or if you would like a file type not mentioned here, just let us know.

How to Order

To take advantage of our author services, simply fill out the form below. Once we receive your files, we’ll check the word count and get back with you with a final price. If the price looks good to you, we’ll send you the link to pay the invoice. Once payment is processed, we’ll get to work on your manuscript. Current turnaround time may vary depending on the size of your book, and how much we’re doing with it. If you need a faster turnaround time, let us know and we’ll see what can be done.

Is Your Manuscript Taboo? Get These Services for Free!

If your book touches on taboo subjects, anywhere in the realm of romance, erotica, or dark fantasy, consider publishing with Black Lotus Books. Rather than assign your manuscript to a single editor for proofing, editing, and formatting, when you publish with Black Lotus Books, your manuscript gets assigned an editorial team. We want your taboo story to be a work of art, and we’ll do everything in our power to make that happen.

Not only will we strive to ensure your book is a taboo masterpiece, we’ll also put our marketing specialists to task, ensuring your book is found by readers who want it. To find out more about the benefits of publishing with Black Lotus Books, check out our publishing page. Not sure if your book is taboo? Have a look at our very liberal content guidelines.

Questions About Our Author Services

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