How should I format my manuscript before uploading it?
We will accept any manuscript as long as it is a Microsoft Word (.doc) file. For those authors who want to go the extra mile, here are additional formatting preferences:
How can I be sure no one will steal my content once I upload my manuscript for editing?
Your privacy and security are top priorities at Kirkus Editorial. When you upload your manuscript, it will be delivered over a secure server to our director and accessible only to the editor assigned to your project and a select group of Kirkus employees who need access to complete your order. All of our editors have signed nondisclosure agreements that protect your intellectual property from being shared or used for any purpose other than what is expressly outlined in the Kirkus Editorial Customer Agreement, and the select Kirkus team members with access are bound by the same terms of confidentiality and nondisclosure.
Will you accept payment by check or money order?
This site is secure for credit card payments, and we prefer to process orders online to support an efficient workflow process. If you must pay by check or money order, however, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
Will using Kirkus Editorial improve my chances of getting positively reviewed by Kirkus?
To preserve the objectivity and editorial integrity of Kirkus Reviews and Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Editorial operates as a wholly independent department of Kirkus Media. On a practical level, this means we prevent any conflicts of interest by ensuring that reviewers do not have access to information about whether or not a manuscript or book has been edited by Kirkus Editorial. It is worth noting that working with a professional collaborative editor will improve the overall quality of your book and, therefore, should indirectly improve your chances of getting positively reviewed by any media outlet. However, our editors aim to preserve the essence of the work the author created; as a result, it is the author who is ultimately responsible for the final product.
Will using Kirkus Editorial improve my chances of acquiring agent representation or getting published by a major house?
Our editorial services will help you present your best work in clean form; however, we do not represent manuscripts to publishing houses or agents for acquisition.
Will I be able to talk to someone over the phone about my project?
Absolutely. If you have questions about our program and have not yet placed an order, please call 888-407-4474. Once you have placed your order, you will be provided an email address to reach the director of Kirkus Editorial with any questions about the status of your project. After the edited manuscript and feedback are returned to you, you will have the opportunity to set up a one-hour consulting session with the editor who worked on your book.
After the one-hour consulting session, will I have continued contact with the editor who worked on my book?
A member of the Kirkus staff will be available to discuss any details of your project if questions arise after the session; however, you will not have continued direct contact with the editor. The one-hour session is designed to give you ample time to discuss the project and ask high-level questions about your work, but in order to maintain a competitive fee schedule that authors can afford and to protect our editors’ ability to meet deadlines, we do not allow direct correspondence with editors beyond the consulting session. If you order a round of Copyediting after you complete Collaborative Editing, however, we will assign the same editor whenever possible, and that is the best way to get feedback on whether or not you’ve incorporated the edits and feedback appropriately. In the scenario that the same editor is not available to work on your manuscript during the Copyediting round, we will assign a comparable professional and give him or her full access to the previous round’s editorial notes. If you’re interested in multiple rounds of editing, you may also want to read about our Professional Editing Package.
Will my manuscript be flawless when it is returned to me?
Your manuscript will be in fabulous shape after you’ve incorporated our editor’s corrections and suggestions. While we cannot guarantee a perfect manuscript with only one round of editing, we can guarantee that the book will be returned to you with great improvements, and that our work adheres to the industry’s highest standards. It is important to note, however, that manuscripts often require multiple rounds of editing before they are completely devoid of errors. If you’re unsure about how much editorial work your manuscript needs, you may start by ordering only Collaborative Editing and then purchase a round of Copyediting (to get a total of two rounds) or upgrade to our Professional Editing Package (to get three full rounds) after you’ve reviewed the results of our Collaborative Editing process.
Why would I want to order additional rounds of editorial work for a manuscript you’ve already edited?
Virtually all books published by the major houses go through multiple rounds of editing—it is simply part of the process of publishing a book. To ensure that your book can compete with the best books published by the major houses, we encourage independent authors to follow the publishers’ lead and put your book through at least two full rounds of editing if your budget and timeline allow.
If I choose multiple rounds of editing, how much will my project cost?
If you order multiple rounds of editing one round at a time, you will pay for Collaborative Editing ($100 + 3 cents per word) first and then for Copyediting (2 cents per word) when you upload the updated version of your manuscript. If you are interested in three rounds of editing to follow the process used by the major publishing houses, you may order the Professional Editing Package ($100 + 6.5 cents per word) now or upgrade to the Professional Editing Package either after round one or after round two and pay only the difference in total cost. Please visit the Pricing page for rate details and a custom quote.