Indie Spirit Press is a self-publishing imprint committed to releasing quality genre fiction, ranging from mysteries to women’s fiction, across various print and digital platforms. Our mission is to be a home for writers seeking to control their own careers in publishing, while holding on to their unique voices and independent visions.
Storytelling is our passion and providing readers with highly entertaining novels is of our utmost priority. We hope you enjoy the material we select for publication and wish you happy reading!
Indie Spirit Press is now accepting manuscript submissions for professional editing. Our aim is to help independent authors increase the quality and salability of their work prior to publication and to save money that could be used in other areas of book publishing such as cover design and marketing. Two cents per word is too high for most indies, especially those just starting out, and hourly rates can get costly depending on the speed of the editor. Indie Spirit Press has come up with five affordable à la carte packages for novels and novellas that are guaranteed to keep authors within a reasonable budget:
Content/Developmental Editing (1 Round)
This is the first step in the editing process, and possibly the most important, as the purpose is to check the content of a story for structure, flow, style, consistency, and clarity. Some of the questions that content editors will ask while reading a manuscript are:
Are events happening in the right order?
Would Character A really behave like this?
What is driving Character A’s decision making process?
Are the characters believable within the story world that has been created?
Is each character in the story necessary or could a few of them be combined or eliminated?
Are all five senses being used in the narrative and if not, can they be?
What is the theme?
Does this character or scene progress the story?
Is this story told from the right POV?
Once the story has been edited, you will be able to accept or reject the edits at your discretion. Turnaround time for this is estimated at 10 business days from the date of receipt of full payment.
Cost of this package: $10 for every 5,000 words
Basic Copyediting (1 Round)
The second step in the editing process, you will receive notes on the following:
Spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax
Errors in sentence structure and language usage
Errors in facts
Once the story has been edited, you will be able to accept or reject the edits at your discretion. You will also be provided with the style sheet used to copyedit your manuscript so you can see why certain changes were suggested. Turnaround time for this is estimated at 20 business days from the date of receipt of full payment. Please note that manuscripts exceeding 80,000 words may require additional editing time.
Cost of this package: $15 for every 5,000 words
Basic Proofreading (1 Round)
This is the last step in the editing process. For this package, you can either submit your final typeset manuscript for editing or a Word/RTF document. Proofreading includes:
Eliminating typos that remain from the manuscript or were introduced in the production stage
Fixing esthetic issues such as having too many end-of-line hyphens in a row
Checking page numbers, headers, footers, and chapter titles for consistency
Turnaround time for this is estimated at 15 business days from the date of receipt of full payment. Please note that manuscripts exceeding 80,000 words may require additional proofreading time.
Cost of this package: $11 for every 5,000 words
Premium Copyediting (2 Rounds)
In the first round of this package, authors will get what’s outlined in the basic copyediting package above. In the second round, you will get everything listed in the basic proofreading package. If new text was added in your revision process between rounds, we will copyedit the new text as well.
Turnaround time for the first round of this package is estimated at 20 business days. Once you have made your revisions, you will submit your manuscript to us again for round two. Turnaround time for this round is estimated at 15 business days from the date of receipt of full payment.
Cost of this package: $26 for every 5,000 words
Comprehensive Editing (3 Rounds)
This package is the most expensive, but also the most intensive, of our packages. In the comprehensive editing stage you will get three rounds of edits.
Round One: Will include everything in our developmental package plus some light copyediting
Round Two: More content editing to make sure that any new material added after the first round of edits fits the story, plus everything included in the basic copyediting package
Round Three: Will provide everything in the basic proofreading package
Due to the amount of work that goes into the comprehensive package, the estimated turnaround time for your completely edited manuscript is 45 business days from the date of receipt of full payment.
Cost of this package: $45 for every 5,000 words
Writers interested in any of our editing packages should use the contact form on our page giving as much detail as possible about your manuscript. Once your manuscript is selected for editing, you will email the full document (front and back matter included if you want those edited as well) in either a Word or RTF format to the email address provided you. An invoice from PayPal will be sent to you and editing will begin once full payment is received. The manuscript types we are currently accepting are novels, novellas, short story collections and yes, novel or novella length fanfiction. The fanfic we edit are in the following fandoms:
Glee, Gossip Girl, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, White Collar, Sons of Anarchy,
Friday Night Lights, The Good Wife, Supernatural, Parenthood, and The West Wing
Please note we also offer very basic e-book formatting for Smashwords and Kindle for $35. We will not upload your e-book to either digital platform for publishing, but we will give you your original file with easy-to-follow instructions on how to go about uploading your book to their conversion systems yourself. If interested, please use the contact form on the site and we will be happy to talk with you about your project.
If you have any questions or would like to drop us an inquiry, please feel free to contact us using the form on this site or follow us on Twitter @ indie_spirit. We typically respond to emails within 24-48 hours.