Gigalillion, An Imprint of The London Press

Editing and Typesetting

How much do editing, proofreading and typesetting cost?

After you are logged in to your Author account, on the right hand side hyperlinks, you will see ‘Editing and Formatting’. Click this link and you will be taken to a ready reckoner page that provides rough estimates for formatting, editing and proofing, based on word counts and book genre type.

The prices listed on this page are illustrative of the kind of prices you will need to budget for, to purchase the listed services. However, we will need to take sight of your manuscript to provide you with an actual price for your work.

What about typesetting?

If you’ve ever spent time typesetting a document in ms-word then you’ve probably also found yourself promising that next lifetime, you’ll definitely submit to learning a proper typesetting program like quark or in-design. Nevertheless if you go about it the right way ms-word can actually do a pretty decent job. We have provided a video for you explaining exactly how to achieve a great layout in Word. The great advantage of laying out in Word is that it makes it easy to update your work at a later time. Though documents laid out in quark or in-design can look really stunning (and can be considerably more professional that what can be produced in Word), it can be just a little bit of a liability to have to employ the typesetter again if any updates are required. Still, the good side of knowing it’s not so easy to update your work can help provide an extra incentive to get everything to a higher standard, before, printing, i.e. professional typesetting tends to lock everything in place.

A good cost effective in-between is for us to have your document formatted in Word by a Word formatting professional. You get a pretty decent layout as well as the ability to update it later yourself.

If you need professional typesetting in quark or in-design then we can provide samples and a quotation for you.

Can I have an editing and/or typesetting sample done before deciding?

Even if it is just a couple of paragraphs, this is generally the best way to proceed. Some editors are happy to provide a little more than a couple of paragraphs, others not. Certainly for typesetting, we aim to provide Authors with at least a couple of pages.

Because we regularly commission editing and typesetting jobs, we have a workflow that can make the whole process far more straight forward, as well as help produce a better finished job.

Good editors and proofreaders are very hard to come by. Many advertise themselves as such, but few can cut the mustard. We use editors and typesetters who are a known entity and who have proved reliable and consistent over a period of time – as well as editors and typesetters who offer value for money. In addition, because we provide editors and typesetters with repeat business, we are able to obtain preferential pricing from them for your job. It works both ways; in that the editors and typesetters we deal work with also appreciate dealing and working with us directly, because they know we have reasonable and fair expectations with regard to any particular job.

Especially with editing, one of the main issues encountered is how much editing is enough, and how much editing is warranted for any particular payment. Editing can easily turn into a black hole, in terms of the amount of work invested into it. When we commission editing work, we expect to receive back a document that is substantially improved from the original submitted. For most jobs this would involve one pass through the document by an experienced editor. However one pass through a document is rarely sufficient to clear out every single typo, and rephrase everything that needs to be re-expressed. Therefore it’s a balance involving honesty, commitment and genuine ability on the part of an editor, fairness and reasonable expectations on the part of the commissioning party and an understanding that in the professional world, manuscripts are usually proofed after editing – as the final process.

The point of what we’re trying to explain, is that one cannot expect perfection from one pass editing – only improvement.

Why am I, as the author, responsible for confirming the files are final and complete?

In the final count, because if you wish to reprint/revise the cover and/or interior text files at any stage after your technical proof is printed – fees as specified in your contract will apply. Even for the addition of a single full stop in your interior text, the complete relevant file has to be reset up on the printing/publishing systems. This is not necessarily a low cost process.

Therefore, unless you feel able and willing to budget for a couple of rounds of technical proof printing (which is a perfectly reasonable way of proceeding), you are advised to check and recheck your interior text/cover files until you are sure they are as perfect as can be - and exactly as you wish them.