We chose not to include editorial services as part of the SparkPress package because there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to an author’s editorial needs. SparkPress editorial solutions are a cornerstone of our commitment to our authors, and we have established three specific tracks for authors who submit their works to SparkPress.

Track 1. Green Light/Good to Go

Track 1 is for those SP authors who are ready for publication. Most likely you will have already worked with an editor. We are interested to know whether this is the case at the point of submission. If we determine that you have a publish-ready manuscript, you will proceed directly into the production process, meaning your manuscript will go straight to layout (designed pages).

Track 2. Copyediting (not included in the Spark publishing package)

Track 2 is for those SP authors whose manuscript requires something heavier than a proofread. Issues that might qualify a manuscript for a copyedit include overuse of certain turns of phrase, redundant word choices, or small inconsistencies in character, plot, or structure. We will offer a brief assessment of your work in order to point you to the places in your manuscript that have deemed it in need of a copyedit. We do not require that you get your copyedit done by SparkPress, though we recommend it. We offer copyediting at a flat hourly rate of $70/hour. We employ a strong stable of copyeditors who are proficient in Chicago Manual of Style (the style guide of choice for book publishing).

Track 3. Developmental Editing/Coaching (not included in the Spark publishing package)

Track 3 is for those authors who require more than a copyedit. We will recommend that these authors work with one of SP’s team members for developmental editing and/or coaching. Your manuscript would qualify for this kind of service if we see inconsistencies in your story, the need for character and/or scene development, point of view problems, or lack of structure.

Track 4: We Cannot Take On Your Manuscript At This Time

Due to the high volume of submissions we’re receiving, we’re in the position of turning some projects away. We encourage you to continue working on your craft, and wish you the best of luck in your publishing pursuits.

Proofreading (included in the Spark publishing package)

All authors publishing on SparkPress will have their final manuscript proofread before going to layout. This is primarily to catch stylistic errors, but typos and grammatical errors may also be found at this time. Your manuscript will be reviewed by both a proofreader and your Project Manager to ensure quality control.Our ultimate goal is that every SP book mirror a traditional publishing model, and we strive to publish error-free books.

Layout & Design

Next, your manuscript will be laid out into a beautiful custom design by one of our interior designers. At this point, you’ll have a chance to review the manuscript and correct any formatting mistakes and other small errors that become visible once a book is designed and actually looks like a book.

Final Production

After your book is laid out, you’ll need to decide what’ll go on the back cover. We’ll get it designed for you. Once you’re happy with your manuscript and back cover, you’ll receive Advance Reader Copies** of your book. This is your last chance to catch anything before the book is printed. Send us the final changes, we’ll update it, and pass the book off to the printer and the ebook converter.

**The cost of printing your ARCs and final books is not included in the SparkPress publishing package

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