Editing, Author Coaching & Author Tuition


Affordable Pay-As-You-Go Installment Payments.


Editing doesn’t come cheap.

Bookbaby will charge you $1197 for a copy edit and $1710 for a line edit.

Lulu charge by the word. And $0.039 per word for a line edit sounds like a bargain. But for a short 60,000 word novel will set you back $2,340, and for a content edit Lulu will be taking $2760 from you.

Amazon’s CreateSpace appears to offer far better value, with copy editing starting at $160.

With our Copyediting service, a professional editor will review your manuscript and give you suggested corrections for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and correct any typos present in the text.

Only, that’s for the first 10,000 words. After that it’s $0.016 per word. So that short 60,000 word novel will set you back $960. Just for the copy edit.

Amazon’s line edit starts at $210 for the first 10,000 words and then it’s $0.021 per word after that. Your 60,000 word novel will set you back $1,260.

For that you get,

A high-quality, marketable book begins and ends with solid writing. With our Line Editing service, a professional editor will review your manuscript and provide recommendations for improving the structure and flow, as well as review for consistency in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Amazon also offer an Editing Package.

The Editing Package provides two rounds of editing targeting both the content and technical elements of your manuscript. For the first round, a professional editor will review your manuscript and provide holistic recommendations on elements such as:

  • Structure

  • Plot flow

  • Characterization

  • Tone

For the second round of editing, a professional editor will provide a line edit that corrects typos and ensures consistency in:

  • Grammar

  • Punctuation

  • Spelling

Each round of editing will include an Editorial Letter from the editor explaining the suggested changes made in the manuscript.

That will set you back $300 for the first 10,000 words and then $0.030 per word thereafter. That 60,000 word short novel will set you back $1,800.

Amazon CreateSpace also offer an Editing Package Plus, which gets you all the above but also a second round of structure and flow.

Sounds great, but the prices start at $470 for 10,000 words and then its 0.047 per word after that. In case you were wondering, that 60,000 word novel will set you back $2,820.

And remember, that’s just for a short 60,000 word book. The longer your book, the more it will cost.

Okay, so there’s three examples of typical charges for editing, and an idea of what editing actually involves.

For my part I offer a holistic all-in edit, akin to the Amazon CreateSpace Editing Package. Only, my service is a lot more affordable.

How much will I charge? It all depends on the book, but rest assured it will be NOWHERE NEAR those prices.

Here’s the thing. When you are an editor in the USA or the UK, paying New York prices or London prices, you have to charge a lot just to pay the bills.

Me? I’m a British ex-pat living in The Gambia in sunny West Africa. My overheads are way, way, way below what I was paying back in Blighty. And that means I can charge way, way less.

Just how much will depend on two factors.

The length of the book.

The amount of work likely to be involved.

You see, a seasoned writer just wanting a fresh pair of eyes to look over their final draft is going to be a lot less work for me than a newbie author making all the rookie mistakes that newbie writers make (and yes, I made them all too – we all have to do our apprenticeship!).

But don’t worry, I’ll still be affordable for newbies. I’ll even offer the option to pay in installments to suit you.

And did I mention I’ll edit the first 5,000 words for free so you can get an idea of what I can do for your book?

And just for the record, here’s my credentials:

I’m a former freelance journalist and TV scriptwriter and more recently a million-selling author. In 2011 my debut thriller was the biggest selling indie title in the UK and the eleventh best-selling ebook across the board. It went on to sell 50,000 print copies in France before my publisher inconsiderately went bust, and in 2014 was the first and I believe still the only western indie title to hit #1 in the Kindle China store.

As well as thrillers I write children’s books, YA, Holocaust fiction, and non-fiction. My books are available in print, as ebooks and as audio-books and are available in nearly ten different languages.

At the time of writing this I’ve just been appointed Editor-in-Chief of The New Publishing Standard, a publishing industry web-zine that will be launching later this year.

Want to try me out? Email me at markwilliamsauthor@gmail.com to discuss further. If you include the full manuscript I can edit the first 5,000 words so you can see how I work, and I can scan the rest of the book to give you a price for the full job.

Let’s get editing!