Queries, synopses, blurbs etc
Many authors find writing the synopsis, blurb and other supporting material far more tricky than the manuscript itself. But whether you’re self-publishing or submitting to agents, there’s no avoiding it.
I’ve recently completed some specialist training (see my About page for full details of my qualifications, training and CPD) and I’m excited to be offering this as a new service. I can help and advise with the following:
- query letters
- back-cover blurbs
- elevator pitches
Author, A Fall in Paris
Proofreading is the final polish, enabling you to publish with confidence knowing that your readers aren’t going to be distracted by irritating typos and spelling mistakes. If your work has already been professionally edited by someone else, this is the last thorough review where I’ll look for any errors which have slipped through or been more recently introduced. This includes the following checks:
- spelling, grammar and punctuation
- clarity of meaning
- consistency of style
Proofreading is often used as a generic term, so many people think they want their work proofread when in fact they want a copy-edit. Once I’ve seen a sample, if it’s apparent that it needs editing rather than proofreading, I will advise you accordingly. Please note that I only offer proofreading for non-fiction.
Editing of query letters, synopses, blurbs and author biographies, and any other consultancy work, will be charged at an hourly rate of 35€*.
Proofreading rates start at 12€* per 1,000 words, depending on the length and complexity of the text, turnaround time and the level of intervention required. Proofreading and copy-editing of PDFs, and projects with a word count below 5,000, will be charged at an hourly rate of 35€*.
If the total fee is more than 200€, or to reserve a slot in advance, a deposit of 50% is required with the balance due on completion. Otherwise, payment is due in advance unless previously agreed. The minimum charge is 35€.
If your work is urgent and requires me to work unsociable hours – early mornings, evenings or weekends – then I can be flexible but my rates will be higher accordingly.
* All fees are in euros and include IVA (Spanish VAT) at 21%. I’m a Spanish resident and registered as autónomo. Payment is accepted via bank transfer or alternative (such as TransferWise or CurrencyFair) to my Spanish bank account.