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How do I Submit my manuscript for the free 10-page evaluation?
If I want an editorial evaluation of my entire manuscript, what does this mean and how much will it cost?
Two Brothers Press offers a variety of writers' tips that will make a novel more readable, interesting, vivid, and appealing:
Dialog: The elements and art of dialog in fiction
Description: The red meat of writing
Narrative Voice in storytelling: a discussion of point of view and verb tense and how these elements affect the story
Fastest Gun in the West: writers often assume readers will fill in the details
Freelance Pitfalls: Editors beware of disturbed writers; writers beware of editors with an attitude
Novel Openings: Creating compelling openings for novels
Flashbacks: Hey, who's in here with me? This is my flashback
Word Oddities: Is it Bring or Take? It depends on the destination
Look for additional writers' tips coming soon.
About Two Brothers Press
Two Brothers Press Services Pricing
How Pricing is determined for editorial evaluations...
An "editorial evaluation" is a formal process
for determining the quality of a manuscript to see if it is ready to
submit to an agent or publisher, or even to self-publish it. There is a
one-time fee based on word count of $0.0025/word. For example, if a
manuscript is 60,000 words long (the typical length of a good mystery
novel), the one-time fee of $150 will be charged. For a novel or book
of 100,000 words, the fee would be $250 (100,000 words times
How Pricing is determined for Basic Copyediting and Comprehensive Copyeditng...
The Two Brothers
structure for high-quality editing is simple. There are only two levels
of pricing. After the free 10-page editorial evaluation by Two Brothers
Press, a determination is made whether the manuscript needs a basic
copyedit (light syntax, grammar, spelling, and punctuation) or a
comprehensive copyedit (everything a basic copyedit consists of, in
addition to a greater degree of work on description, character
development, plot, point of view, etc.). The determination for a
comprehensive edit will be indicated by the 10-page assessment, as well
as a closer look at the rest of the manuscript; we therefore require
that the entire manuscript be sent, so that we can look at the rest of
the manuscript for the comprehensive elements.
The basic copyedit is $0.009 per word. If the writer and Two Brothers
Press agree that this will be the level of edit, our editors will not
make suggestions on plot, characterization, dialog, point of view, etc.
And the manuscript will be edited one time.
The comprehensive copyedit is $0.018 per word. This includes the basic
copyedit and all the elements of the contents and structure edit
described in Evaluations.
Once the author has had a chance to review and otherwise accept the
suggested edits, along with making light revisions (based on our
editing suggestions), a second edit will be performed with no further
We charge by the manuscript word count, rather than by the page or by
the hour. Independent tracking verification of work by the hour is
tenuous at best. The writer should ask, "How do I really know the
editor spent forty, sixty, or eighty hours on my manuscript?" In turn,
the editor should ask, "How can I possibly calculate how many
hours this manuscript will take for me to perform the editing? What if
contract for forty hours of work and it takes me eighty hours?"
It is therefore easy to calculate exactly what the costs will be using
the word-count method. For example, the usual length of a mystery novel
is 60,000 words. Below are the two choices of edit based on that word
$0.009 x 60,000 words = $540 (basic copyedit)
$0.018 x 60,000 words = $1,080 (comprehensive copyedit)
How and when to pay...
When you have
sent your manuscript and it
has been evaluated (the first
10 pages thoroughly edited) and you decide you would like to have Two
Brothers Press edit your entire manuscript, you will be sent an email
directing you to choose the appropriate item that reflects the charge
based on the
word count. As
with most other editing services on the market, Two Brothers
Press is paid for the
service before editing commences.
The contract for editing services is implied
by the payment of the services, but a formal contract can be executed.
Here is a sample of the Two Brothers Press contract.
privacy is import to us. We do not share your name, email, phone
numbers, or your manuscript with anyone. Your work is automatically
copyrighted as soon as you've written it, but when you send your
manuscript to us be sure to include "Copyright by...(your name)" on the
first page of the manuscript. We do not collect or store personal data
about you on this site: hence it is not accessible to any third party.
We do not store cookies. We do not contact you with updates to this
site, nor ask that you sign up or log in or create an account.
You can email us or
call (575) 639-2029 in the U.S. and Canada between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
time. Outside the US and Canada, email first.
Only complete manuscripts are accepted for editing services. Two
Brothers Press automatically edits the first ten pages without
determine the type of edit, either basic or comprehensive, to be
performed. Only when the writer agrees with the assessment and fees
have been paid will work commence. Although the contract is implied
(most writers do not request a written contract), Two Brothers
Press has a contract that can be signed by both parties. Payment of
based solely on word count is conducted, and as soon as payment is
secured, Two Brothers Press will edit the manuscript within the
specified time as agreed. If, after work commences, the author wishes
to stop the editing, only the fees for the unedited portion will be
refunded. (See Contract for more details.)
Items in this "store" are services and, as such, services will be
fulfilled in the following manner.
Manuscripts requiring only the basic edit will be completed as follows:
Manuscripts up to and including 20,000 words will take four working
Manuscripts between 20,000 and 40,000 words will take six working week
Manuscripts between 40,000 and 60,000 words will take eight working
Manuscripts between 60,000 and 80,000 words will take ten working week
Manuscripts between 80,000 and 100,000 words will take fourteen working
Manuscripts requiring the basic edits, plus comprehensive elements (see
description below) will take twice as long, per the same word count as
in the list above.
If for any reason, the author decides to make changes, or the editor
has to have questions answered of the author, any delays in the
fulfillment time will be factored into the process.
The order is said to be in default by the editor, if the work is not
completed within the time frame above (without changes or delays from
changes the author makes), and a prorated refund will be due the author
for each day the order is delayed. The editor is not responsible for
delays caused by internet connections out of his/her control, or if the
author does not check his/her email for the editing files. The dates
appearing on the email will be used for verification purposes.