Since I founded Mother’s Milk Books in 2011 I’ve often been asked for advice about publishing and whether or not I provide editorial, typesetting and cover design services. The answer was usually ‘no’ – simply because my youngest was at home with me then and I couldn’t find any more hours in the day to take on extra (though much-appreciated) publishing-related work.
Now, however, my youngest is at school and as I have more time available for paid projects I decided to put all the relevant information, regarding my fees, on this one page. If you have any more queries about the following, please email me and I will do my best to answer your questions.
I have experience in editing poetry, non-fiction, fiction (commercial, literary, fantasy, science-fiction, children’s books and YA are the genres I’m most comfortable with) and academic texts. I charge approx. £25 per hour, so the total cost of the editorial project very much depends on the number of words in the manuscript. For example, a roughly 80, 000 word manuscript (MS) would require 5 hours reading time and 2 hours for a unique (and considered) report on the MS, which would cover (in the example of a fiction book): structure, tone, voice, plot and characterization. Further editing (a line by line edit) would require (approx.) another 10 hours of work.
With over 5 years of typesetting books and magazines I can turn your Word document into a print-ready PDF which can then be sent to the printers. I have a good working relationship with Russell Press, Nottingham (an established local-to-me printing firm) and they deliver to any address in the U.K. A roughly 80,000 word book takes 15 hours to typeset and I charge £20 per hour, so that makes £300 in total.
If you have a high-quality image that you have permission to use for a cover, then I can turn it into a professional-looking book cover. For print books I can design the back and front wraparound cover as well. I usually charge £100 for this service. If you don’t have an image you have permission to use, and would like an illustrator to be involved, I can draw on my contacts in order to help you find an appropriate illustrator.
With four years experience of turning manuscripts into books I can help you to produce your book, and to make it the way you want it to look. For a relatively short book (e.g. a children’s picture book) this package starts at £200 and this includes editing, proofreading, typesetting and cover design, as well as liaising with printers. Depending on the amount of editorial input needed, the cost of a package for a more substantial book would start at £400.
Before I begin on the project I require a 50% deposit, and once the work is complete, the remaining 50% needs to be paid within one day. Payments can be made by Paypal, BACS (bank transfer) or cheque.
If you would like to discuss your project with me, in the first instance please can you email me on: teika [at] mothersmilkbooks [dot] com and then we can take it from there.
With thanks for your interest, and happy writing!