mail me at: email@example.com
Substantive Editing + copy editing
An overall analysis of the book and offering feedback on what works and what doesn't, identifying the problem areas and helping you to fix them.
First edit:This involves editing the original script for content, language and the overall feel. My aim is to help you streamline your story and make it work. This happens chapter by chapter, paragraph by paragraph, line by line, and word by word. The intention is to help you write professionally and tighten the script. I help you weed out fluff, unnecessary words, inconsistencies and irrelevancies, all the factors that mar a good script and I also help you to insert the necessary elements.
The problem areas are highlighted on the script. The detailed comments or suggestions accompany those lines/paragraphs in the comments box in the margin.
I then send the edited script back to you and you take your time to work on those comments and suggestions. After incorporating the changes, you send me the revised script.
Final edit: After reviewing the revised version, the final edit is carried out.
(In case there is an extra round of editing required after the first round, requested by the author, the same rates apply for the extra round.)
The charges are Rs 150 per page (300 words) or $ 7.50 a page -- if you are outside India. It includes a first edit (substantive and line editing on the original script), and a final edit (after the changes have been carried out by the author).
For the satisfaction of the client, I can send a sample edit on 500 words upon request.
The payment can either be made in advance or in stages.
If it is a novel, each chapter must be sent as a separate word document typed in Arial 10 pt, double spaced, left aligned, with single space after full stops.
If it’s a collection of short stories, each story must be sent as a separate word document.
I tell you:
How to organise your material
How to streamline/tighten your script
Why something will/will not work
How to write simple, clear English
How you can use language better
How to play on your strengths and address the weaker areas
In short, I aim to help you make a manuscript that will be readable /enjoyable /publishable.
Please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details/queries. There are no reading charges. You can also make email submissions on the same email ID. I usually take about two weeks to get back to you.
The charges are Rs 50/per page (i.e., per 300 words) for a clean script.
For clients outside India, the charges are $ 3.50 a page.
What you need to send:
1. A synopsis (not more than one side of an A4 sheet).
2. The complete script -- with the word count, name, postal address, email ID, and phone no. mentioned clearly on the first page.
3. If it is a novel, each chapter must be sent as a separate word document typed in Arial 10 pt, double spaced, left aligned, with single space after full stops.
If it’s a collection of short stories, each story must be sent as a separate word document. You can make submissions by email.
4. A short author bio (about 100-150 words).
5. Please submit a manuscript only if it is complete.
If you have any queries, please write to me on email@example.com. You can submit your script at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no reading charges. Editing charges depend on the word count and the amount of work required by the script.
Please give me about two weeks to get back to you.
'Refreshingly, brutally honest. Nurtures? Yes. Pampers? No.' -- Jayant Kripalani, well-known actor
'Divya is quick to grasp the essence of your manuscript, and what you want to do with it. She is the tough boot camp commander and the gentle psychologist all at once. No false promises and no gimmics. AC offers both creative and pragamatic support for the writer.' -- Dr Vinita Dhondiyal, associate professor, Deptt of Humanities, University Instt of Technology, RGPV, MP
'Ms Dubey is a consummate professional and insightful editor -- a joy to work with.' -- Lloyd S Wagner, American author and screenplay writer
'Writing is a lonely journey. Divya ensures that it doesn't remain one. From giving a sincere and honest review, to editing the script, to not letting you lose focus, to keeping you motivated -- she walks the challenging path with you at every step, turning it into an odyssey to cherish.' -- Ritu Bharadwaj, banker