My intention is to create an individualized plan of action to support you and your writing needs. The categories listed below describe the services that I offer. The list is comprehensive. Because prices vary depending on the time involved, the quality of the manuscript, and what is needed, it is best to contact me for specific rates: Nancy@nancyeichhorn.com or 603-957-0797
Initial review of manuscripts: before an editorial rate can be established, I must read the article. There is a flat fee of $3.00 per page to read and determine the appropriate course of action. To evaluate and critique larger manuscripts, payment is based on a per project average; the average cost ranges from $650.00 to $950.00.
Consultation and Support: Time spent on the phone, via SKYPE, in person, emailing, mailing.
Relational Embodied Mentoring (REM)
Writers at every level can use some guidance when it comes to shaping and refining their work—writing does not occur in a vacuum. Together we co-create a publishable body of knowledge.
My mentoring approach involves developing a relationship between the writer and mentor. We work closely together throughout the writing process focusing on the issues that are most important to you—your needs are at the center of our work. I offer step-by-step guidance to plan and achieve your specific writing and publishing goals. With my expertise, suggestions, encouragement and practical resources, you can achieve your goal. Even if you haven’t written a word yet, I can start you down the right path and help you stay the course.
Materials are organize before the document is written—discussions occur face-to-face, and there are times when I work on the draft. Reading includes content development as well as basic copyediting. The goal is to guide, you, the writer, through a particular article and also teach the skills you need to write confidently on your own in the future—together we co-create a working relationship that provides support, instruction, connection, and a publishable product.
- A unique one-on-one relationship with a writing mentor who embodies a holistic approach to writing
- A mentor who possesses a writer’s and an editor’s knowledge of the art and science of writing, and a therapist’s understanding of relationships and all that working together entails
- A mindful approach resulting in greater clarity and presence on the page
- Assistance developing your technique and approach to writing
- Time to review your manuscript and offer a detailed evaluation and plan of action
- Guidance so you can revise, edit, and shape your manuscript
Professional REM outcomes include full-length, well-crafted articles that:
- contribute to the literature
- engage readers
- inform and educate an audience
- conform to submission guidelines
Personal REM outcomes include:
- The ability to write with confidence and purpose
- A sustainable writing practice
- Trust in your voice and the words and images that flow from your subconscious mind
- Improved writing skills
- Experiencing a felt sense of writing mastery
There are times research is needed to flesh out an article, when it is needed to understand the content to write accurately, and when it is requested by a client.
Writing a brief summary of a research article, thesis, review of conference proceedings or any other in-depth analysis of a particular subject or discipline. Involves reading the article, thesis and so forth. Length typically 150 words.
Writing for Scholarly Journals
Articles are written to meet the rigorous demands of peer reviewed Journals.
Book Proposal consultation
We discuss the ideas being promoted, conduct research to see what is already available in your chosen area, determine your particular niche and how you can address it in a way to attract a potential book publisher or consider self-publishing options.
Book query critique
Before writing a book, it is useful to find an agent to support the publishing process. Writing query letters is an art; it is through these letters that writers get noticed. Note: this involves researching particular agents making sure there is a goodness of fit. Be sure you know who you want to attract and why, what your platform is and your social media following.
Ghostwriting as told to (without credit)
A work for hire relationship. Materials are usually written from notes, sketches, information provided by the client and or rewritten from previous client publications. Face-to-face meetings are often involved as well.
Ghostwriting with credit
A work for hire relationship with both names appearing on the book jacket. The material comes from the client with input from outside sources (including myself). Materials are gathered during interviews, from previous text written by the author, from notes, sketches and so forth. The relationship evolves into a closer working connection with both parties writing and discussing the client’s content.
Nonfiction book writing collaborative
We write the book together—your materials and my materials. A joint venture. Equal time and work.
Reading the text in process, offering insights and ideas for revision to create a cohesive, articulate piece that is suitable for publication.
Content Editing (scholarly)
The focus is on what is being said and how it is being said. Scholarly Journals have their own particular format and language. It is essential to know which Journal you are writing for and write to their author’s guidelines. It is essential to read some of their articles to get a feel for their editors and their materials. Are you saying what you need to say, in the correct way?
Content Editing (textbook)
The focus is on what is being said and how it is being said. Textbooks have requirements, per publishers. Readers need to access the material in one way while teachers use it another. Is this a workable textbook? Is the data accurate and can people learn from this book?
Content Editing (trade)
The focus is on what is being said and how it is being said. Are you writing to capture an audience’s attention and keep it? Is the material informative, accurate, timely?
Copyediting is done on manuscripts whose writing and organization are considered complete. Errors in grammar are corrected, incorrect cross-references are resolved or queried, and a style sheet (a list of style conventions that are used in the work) is prepared. Copyediting may be classified as “light,” “medium,” or “heavy.”
Light copyediting involves:
- Correcting grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation
- Checking cross-references
- Correcting inconsistent spelling, hyphenation, fonts, and capitalization
- Ensuring alphabetizing and numbering sequences are correct
- A light copyedit does not involve rewriting headings or text for consistency; only omissions in text are noted.
Medium copyediting involves:
- All tasks in a light copyedit
- Rewriting headings and text to ensure consistency or parallel structure
- Marking figures of speech that may be trite or inappropriate
- In a thesis or dissertation, ensuring references are formatted according to required conventions (APA, MLA, etc.)
- In fiction works, querying inconsistencies in characters, settings, and plot.
- In a multi-author work, ensuring that style and tone are consistent
- If requested, converting passive voice to active
Querying ambiguous or inconsistent statements
Heavy copyediting verges on a substantive edit. It involves improving the flow of the writing, and may involve rewriting passages rather than just flagging them. In fiction work especially, this must be accomplished without affecting the author’s tone or style. Tasks include:
- All tasks in a medium copyedit
- In a thesis or dissertation, querying the author if an in-text citation is not in the references list, and if a reference list item is not cited in the text
- Removing wordiness, trite expressions, and jargon inappropriate for the audience
- Changing the locations of sentences and rewriting transitions to increase readability
- Ensuring logical structure by adjusting heading levels
- Suggesting the addition or removal of paragraphs and sentences, or querying them, as needed
A manuscript ready for proofreading has already been edited and copyedited, so a proofreader usually does not check for writing errors or inconsistencies. The proofreader either checks the work of a typesetter against a manuscript to correct typing errors and flag editorial errors, or checks a single manuscript for typos, bad word breaks, missing punctuation, incorrect word spacing, and similar problems.
An “editorial proofreading” accomplishes the same tasks as a regular proofreading, but also involves some of the copyediting tasks, including correcting misspellings, incorrect word usage, or incorrect cross-references. The editorial proofreader does not correct language or marginally incorrect punctuation unless requested to.
Both scholarly articles and magazine articles need to insure content, citations, formatting is correct.
The number of pages accomplished in an hour depends on the quality of the manuscript provided. For longer manuscripts, copyediting rates may be negotiated on a per page basis: $3.00 to $5.00 per page with one page equaling 250 words (cost dependent on review of the manuscript and the quality of the document received).