Draft to Edited Editorial Services and Proofreading
I am the author of twelve books, one of which has been published in ten countries and translated into seven languages. My books have been published by Penguin, HarperCollins, Fourth Estate (UK), and Deuticke Verlag (Vienna), among others, and have also been independently published on Amazon, Apple, Createspace, Google Play, etc.
I have an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, New York, and an MA in Literature from American University, Washington D.C.; I studied editing at a Harvard Summer School workshop taught by a senior editor from Little, Brown (a major Boston publisher) and worked at a well-known New York literary agency for a year, evaluating a wide range of manuscripts and writing detailed content critiques.
In recent years, I have edited nonfiction books, academic and history books, romance novels, thrillers, literary and science fiction novels, and NGO reports. I have edited books by first-time authors as well as by a few distinguished writers, including a senior professor who has written a few hugely popular books on American history, a veteran, awardwinning Hollywood television writer-producer (Bill Taub), an awardwinning television writer (Jeff Abugov), and a Princeton alumnus/CEO. (Their comments are at the bottom of this page.) Interestingly, three of my clients (including one current client) are from the Los Angeles area and are connected with the television industry.
Below are the covers of just a few of the books I have edited:
I follow The Chicago Manual of Style, but I am also acquainted with British conventions, having grown up using British spelling and style and reading both British and American writers. Details of my editorial services here:
It all depends on the manuscript, and also on how busy I am. At the moment, I charge from around 1 cent a word for a very basic copy-edit of a reasonably polished manuscript, or a flat rate of $25 an hour (which many of my clients have accepted as fair). The rate rises to 2 cents per word for heavy copy-editing (for my other services, please ask). The per-word rates are subject to my evaluation of the manuscript.
For testimonials from previous clients, please scroll down to the very bottom of this page, below the Comment box, and click on the red “View all 9 comments” or here.
CONTACT: richard.crasta[at]gmail.com. I am also available on Skype and can chat via Google Chat.
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