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  • Men Without Women: Stories (Vintage International)
    Men Without Women: Stories (Vintage International)
    by Haruki Murakami

How much does a manuscript evaluation cost? 

I charge $2 per page (1 page = 250 words). Normally, you pay 50% up front, and 50% upon completion.  A manuscript evaluation is usually 12-15 pages, and includes a follow-up phone call or meeting.

How much does line editing cost?

It varies greatly depending on a manuscript's needs, from $7 - $15 per page. Generally, $12 per page is a safe bet.

How soon can I expect to hear from you after I've submitted my manuscript for evaluation or line editing?

After you've signed the client services agreement and submitted an initial deposit, turnaround time is three weeks or less.

What happens next?

Most of my clients feel they receive enough in the manuscript evaluation to revise their books on their own. However, some re-submit their revised manuscripts for a second evaluation, and some for line editing. After line editing, you will be left with a publication-quality manuscript. I always love to see the revisions that clients come up with, and I'm happy to keep working with you until your book is complete.

Do you work with children's or young adult (YA) literature?

Children's, no; YA, usually not. I have edited YA novels, but the vast majority of my experience and marketing knowledge concerns adult fiction and nonfiction.  

Do you work with authors who are interested in self-publishing?

Of course!

Can you provide me with examples of your editing or writing?

Absolutely. At your request I'll send you an example of a manuscript evaluation, a sample of line editing, or a sample of writing.  

Can you provide me with references?

I'd be happy to. Just drop me a line and I'll connect you with former or current clients who can answer questions about my work. You can also take a look at the Testimonials page.

Can I hire you to help me find an agent?

The short answer is no. You should never pay someone to help you find an agent, and steer well clear of anyone promising to get you an agent for a fee. There are plenty of ways to find an agent at no cost, such as AgentQueryQueryTracker, the yearly Writer's Market, or the Association of Authors' Representatives. You can also attend writing conferences to meet agents and pitch your project in person, or there are publications that can steer you in the right direction, such as Poets & Writers or Writer's Digest.  

I do love to refer people to agents I know, but this is done strictly as a courtesy, and only if I believe a project merits publication and I happen to know of an agent who would be the perfect fit.   

For book collaboration, do you require rights, royalties, or any kind of publication credit?

The short answer: No, no, and no.

The longer answer: All rights to your work are yours and yours alone. As for royalties, I do not require that you include me in the revenue stream, though some clients choose this route because it allows them to commit to a lower up-front investment. As for publication credits, thus far I have been credited on every book (i.e. Jane Doe with Catherine Knepper) and would prefer to keep it that way. *Please note that I do not ghostwrite or collaborate on fiction.*

Will you sign a non-disclosure agreement?

I'm more than happy to sign an agreement of confidentiality and can provide one for you. Anything you share with me, written or verbal, is 100% confidential.

What about "hidden" fees, such as printing and mailing costs?

No hidden fees. I pay for all printing and mailing costs, as well as any telephone or video conferencing charges. The only additional charges you would incur are travel fees if you would like to have an in-person consultation or do face-to-face interviews, or if research or meeting with agents or publishers requires me to travel.

More questions?

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'd love to talk with you about your project and help you bring your ideas to the publishing marketplace! E-mail me at catherine@catherineknepper.com to ask questions or to set up a phone appointment.