Services

I worked for a publisher for three years, and now, I can help you! These services are designed especially for new authors and small publishers. They also make great gifts for authors. Reviews can be found here. I am a member of Freelancers Union.

Submitting an inquiry is not binding in any way, and I will almost always require additional information before we decide if we are a good fit for one another. My ultimate goal is to build a great relationship with you and your work in order to achieve the best product possible.

Email me at shannonathompson@aol.com 

Don’t know what type of editor do you need? Don’t worry! I give suggestions in my free samples, which you can request at shannonathompson@aol.com. Until then, watch What’s the Difference Between Developmental Editing, Copy Editing, and Proofreading on YouTube.

Content Editing/Developmental Editing ($3 per 1,000 words)  

Ex. 80,000 words = $240.00

  • Sample edit provided upon request
  • Establishes content and provides advice on various topics, including but not limited to weak characters, interesting opening, repetitive phrases, believable setting, vague descriptions, voice, and more.
  • Provides notes throughout novel as well as a secondary sheet for in-depth analysis.
  • On a side note, while I always give specific recommendations and offer possible changes, I am not a ghost writer. I will not rewrite the novel for you. My job is to give you the best advice possible, so that you and I – as a team – can make your product the best product possible. I will not take your work and make it mine, and/or change anything without your permission. The last say is always yours.

Copy Editing/Line Editing ($4 per 1,000 words)

 Ex. 80,000 words = $320.00

  • Sample edit provided upon request
  • Focuses on grammar, tense, syntax, and misspellings.
  • I will also ask you for your preferences, such as if you prefer t-shirt over T-shirt, and I will provide a sheet that includes all of your style preferences so you can use it during a sequel and provide it to your proofreader.

Proofreading ($2 per 1,000 words + shipping if physical copy is included)

Ex. 80,000 words = $160.00

  • Proofreading is provided after a manuscript has already been copyedited. I will review all work to see if a copyeditor went through it before agreeing to be a proofreader. Generally, I ask for the copyeditor’s website and/or contact information as well.
  • This is the final stage of editing. I prefer to receive a hardcopy to work on – a standard for industry proofreading – but I can work electronically if need be. Shipping is added to final cost of edit, but it hardly goes over $10.00. If you don’t want to ship, but you want me to work on a hardcopy, I can also print it myself at the local FedEx store, but again, the cost will be added, and I have found printing it costs more than shipping it.
  • On a side note, I can help you find a formatter for publication as well, at no additional cost.

Write a Synopsis or Back Blurb, Comes with Marketing Ideas

$150 alone, $75 when paired with an editing service

  • Once I read your work, I will provide a marketable back blurb or synopsis based on desired length.
  • I will also keep track of marketable quotes found in your story. You can use these as the one-liner on the front cover, for teasers/excerpts, and/or for marketing purposes, such as Goodreads’ quotes and more. Notes for ideas will be provided.
  • Other marketing ideas will be included, ex. custom hashtags, fandom names, one-liners for photos, etc.

Ghostwriting Articles (& Managing Websites/Blogs) 

$25-75 per article, Optional Monthly Management for $25.00

Cost varies depending on amount of research needed, due dates, and if topics, SEO terms, and/or photos are provided. Ex. If topics, SEO terms, and photos are provided, it is $25 per 350-word article, but if you have a blog with no direction, it’ll be higher due to marketing ideas, research, and creation of focus. In regards to posting, I can send you articles with notes for you to post, or you can give me access to your website for me to post. Depending on access, I can also respond to comments and/or manage blog (update links, pictures, add pages, etc.) for an additional monthly fee of $25.00. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions about what your project would cost.

Social Media Advice ($50)

  • Analyze a social media platform, including website, blog, Facebook, Twitter and others.
  • Provide report with specific improvement recommendations to optimize and enhance content, aesthetics, visibility, and reader participation. Includes one free photo of your choice (ex. Facebook cover).

Virtual Assistant Work: ($150 for content per month, $50 posting fee)

  • Create content for Facebook and/or Twitter pages for one month.
  • Posts will include themes, articles, photos, statuses, and more relating to your page.
  • If posting, I will engage with comments if requested.
  • Variations can be made based on user’s interests and needs.
  • I can also run Rafflecopters and other giveaways.

Images, Advertisement, and Digital Support ($50 – 85, depending on amount ordered) 

  • Develop a customized visual improvement for the requestor.
  • Options include a 3-D book image, Facebook cover art, the development of promotional ads, etc.
Example products

Example products

Publishing Consulting: ($75)

  • Need to find a publisher? Need to find cover artists, formatters, or agents? I can help you find the best team that suits your needs.
  • If you’re self-publishing, we can structure your business plan, including if you need a (new) cover, correlate affordable cover artists, analyze your editing needs, and/or recommend additional social media help. We can even create a launching schedule.
  • Research the best possible option based on your publishing goals, novel, and lifestyle.
  • Identify a list of publishers, both small press and traditional, as well as agents if needed.

Personal Assistant: Requesting reviews and interviews

10 requests for $50, 20 requests for $70, 50 requests for $100

  • Identify and email bloggers and reviewers that appear to have interest in your genre.
  • Only focus on bloggers with active content, frequent/noteworthy reviews (including top Amazon reviewers), and those posting positive reviews for similar materials.
  • Develop and send individual (not in bulk), personalized review requests.
  • At requestor’s option, add request for interviews to bloggers being contacted.
  • Coordinate the distribution of eBooks or printed copies to reviewers.
  • Provide copy of email list to requestor for follow-ups as desired.

Caveats: Responses not guaranteed; review quantity/rating not controlled. These are honest reviews. I follow all rules regarding Amazon’s rating program, as well as Goodreads.  

Most recent books I've worked with.

Published books I’ve worked with.

44 Responses to “Services”

  1. Topaz September 19, 2013 at 3:55 am #

    Very helpful; thanks so much for the tips and tricks!

  2. beautyfromwithin2out February 15, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Love your tips here Shannon. I joined a writer’s club this month, and am sure to come back to your tips, as I get into writing more stories and less memoirs. Bless you for sharing them with us.

    • Shannon A Thompson February 16, 2014 at 12:23 am #

      I am so grateful for your comment, and I hope they help you with what you need 🙂 Best of luck with your writing.

  3. Dr Rupert Harker December 30, 2014 at 3:46 am #

    Do you assist in any genre?
    I write paranormal crime comedy and YA sci fi comedy.

    • Dr Rupert Harker December 30, 2014 at 3:47 am #

      Also, would it matter that I am in the Uk?

      • Shannon A Thompson December 30, 2014 at 4:13 am #

        UK is no problem at all! Everything is done through PayPal.
        ~SAT

    • Shannon A Thompson December 30, 2014 at 4:12 am #

      Any genre! I’ve worked with both YA sci-fi and paranormal crime comedy, believe it or not. I’d be happy to chat with you about your work! ~SAT

      • Dr Rupert Harker December 30, 2014 at 4:23 am #

        Nice one. I`’ll be in touch when I`m ready to publish.
        I`m touting for beta readers next.

      • Shannon A Thompson December 30, 2014 at 4:28 am #

        Sounds great! I love connecting readers with authors.
        ~SAT

  4. jmdavisauthor March 15, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    I’m really glad I checked out your blog. I look forward to reading your posts.

  5. Susannah Ailene Martin March 16, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    I’ll keep you in mind for when I finish editing my book.

  6. Dan Alatorre AUTHOR September 2, 2015 at 7:29 am #

    Pretty impressive!

  7. Zanele Roseline Radebe June 8, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    Hello I’m a author working on this three books, Experimental, poems, and motivational book.being searching for a publisher so am not sure if I went to a right person

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