What categories can I send you?
We will read MG, YA, NA, and adult. The only categories we’re not currently open to considering are Picture and Chapter books, as we aren’t as familiar with the trends and requirements of those categories.
What genres are you open to?
We’ll read almost anything, but to make things easy we’ve listed it out. If you don’t see your novel’s genre(s) listed, feel free to contact us and tell us about your novel.
What we will read:
Adult/NA: Scifi, Fantasy, Romance (all subgenres), Erotica (No porn. The sex scenes should be integral to the story.) Thriller. Horror. Humorous Literary Fiction.
YA: Scifi, Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance (Again, all subgenres, no erotica or porn as YA please!), Thriller, Horror, Humorous Fiction. Historical Fiction/Romance.
MG: Scifi, Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Humorous Fiction, Historical with a twist (No contemporary unless it has a strong element of one of the previously mentioned genres).
We would love to work on anything with LGBT themes and focus. We also encourage diverse books and would love to see more diversity in fiction.
What we will not read:
Porn, non-fiction, poetry, MG pure contemporary, Christian inspirational.
How do I know if we’re a good fit?
If you’re looking at one of our novel sized options, we will gladly provide an example of our feedback based on 1250 words (5 industry standard pages) of your project and we’ll discuss options best suited to you and your needs. Please note that if you are looking at a Deep Crit Review – the sample on five pages will be indicative, but vague out of necessity because of the length of the sample.
If you have concerns or questions, just ask.
What if the book I need edited is in the middle of an established series?
If you’re in the middle of a series, please contact us if you think we would need to do more than look over a synopsis of the earlier works. Each case depends on what you are most comfortable with your editor knowing.
How do you perform inline critiques?
We use MICROSOFT WORD track changes for any options that require us to comment or correct within a manuscript. We ask that the documents be sent in .doc or .docx. However if you have another preference like Apple’s PAGES for example, please let us know.
What if I’m not sure about which option or package will best suit my needs?
When picking which option you think best suits you, please fill in our order form. We will contact you within 48 hours to discuss your options and try and match the best option or package to suit your needs.
What if I want to add options together you don’t offer in a set up package?
We will gladly work with you in our consultation.
Where are your prices?
Since many services have different prices depending on the length of your manuscript and which options you choose, they’re listed with the service. See Editing Services, and then select a category to view the prices. Bear in mind, bundles and special offers may lower the cost, and we can work with you to figure out the best option for your manuscript and price range.
What sort of turn around time can I expect?
It depends on how busy our schedule is and what options you’ve chosen. For something like a query letter or synopsis critique, it should be completed generally within 72 hours. An in depth novel review may take up to 14 days, depending on length and schedules.
If you book in advance with a timeframe in mind, we slot a specific amount of time aside for you. When we do this and give you a due date, we will abide by this date.
Do you offer Developmental Edits?
We do. The thing is – often there’s a lot that can be gained from a simple overview, or an in-depth critique. This allows us to read the manuscript and give varying levels of detailed feedback. Sometimes, that’s all you need. Sometimes, you need more. In which case – yes, we do offer developmental edits. Our rates are derived from those set by the EFA, and are as follows:
$40 an hour
$350 for a 10 hour block
If you have any questions, please contact us via our Consultation form.
Do you copy edit or proofread?
We do have one editor who will copy edit as her schedule allows. Copy Edit & Proofread is based on $55 for 10,000 words. If she is booked, please check our partnerships page for people we trust to take care of this element of your manuscript.
Do you do rush jobs?
If our schedule allows for it, we will do rush jobs. However, there will be a 15% surcharge on the service if we have to slot you into an otherwise mostly full schedule.
How far in advance can I book?
Tentatively we’ll say as far as you want, up to a year in advance. Please try to make sure that you will be able to keep this booking, as we do ask for 50% of the fee in advance.
What if I need to reschedule my booking.
If you’ve scheduled in advance, please make sure you can hold yourself to it. If you need to reschedule, we will do our best to accommodate. Considering the nature of bookings, we may not have a slot in your new time, and may have turned away potential clients due to your original booking.
Should we need to squeeze you into a new slot, it may incur a 15% reschedule fee.
Should you need to cancel completely, we will refund 80% of your deposit.
How do you define a page?
Industry standard means a page is considered 250 words.
How is payment set up?
Once we’ve settled on the right option or package and selected a date, we will invoice you. If the amount is for under $100, we ask for upfront payment. If the amount is for $150 or over, we will invoice 50% of the cost to secure your spot, and 50% when your time slot is due.
How do you process payment?
Once we’ve decided on your option choice, we will invoice you directly using the SQUARE system. This system is part of the one with the little scanner that attaches to mobile devices so indie endeavors can use a credit card system.
SQUARE also has an invoicing option which allows us to send an invoice with a secure credit or debit card payment link. SQUARE monitors this in a dashboard like format and allows us to give our clients direct payment by credit or debit card options.
This allows us to accept payment from:
If you have gift cards (or debit cards) registered to you with the above emblems, these can also be used.
Can you suggest agents or publishers for me?
While we’ve both worked extensively with a few wonderful agents, targeting agents and publishers is not just about manuscript. It’s also about personality matching and communication styles. Everyone’s journey to publication is different, and so we could never in good conscience suggest for another person. We do have some writer resources that might help you over on our resource page.
Can you get my book published?
We’re terribly sorry, but that’s not what we’re here for. We are here to help on the content end of your manuscripts. We aren’t publishers in any form. While we hope to help you pinpoint weaknesses and work toward a great end product in all of our services, Chimera Editorial Services is just that — an editorial service.