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: Please do not include any content you do not wish to be edited as part of the manuscript. (For example, if you want to share your bio with the editor as background information, please upload it as a separate file rather than adding it to the end of your manuscript.)
• Font: 12-point Times New Roman
• Margins: 1” all around
• Spacing: double
• Page numbers: bottom of page, centered
How can I be sure no one will steal my content once I’ve uploaded 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 email@example.com 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 also worth noting that the goal of a Kirkus review is to assess the merit of a book and the quality of the reading experience. A book can be perfectly edited and still fall short on delivering a good read; conversely, a book with a few grammatical errors may still get a glowing review if it’s found to be worthy of overall praise.
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 directly about the status of your project.
Will I have direct contact with the editor who works on my book?
Your editor will communicate with you in an editorial memo that accompanies your edited manuscript, and there may be notes and comments within the manuscript itself. To maintain a competitive fee schedule, however, we do not include phone or email consultation with the editors as part of this service. A member of the Kirkus staff will be available to discuss any details of your project if any notes seem unclear or you have any questions about the edits. If you would prefer an editorial service that includes a personal consulting session with the editor, please read about our Collaborative Editing service.
Will my manuscript be flawless when it is returned to me?
We aim for perfection, but it is not guaranteed. Some manuscripts require multiple rounds of editing before they are completely clean. (This is true for books that are unpublished, self-published or published by the major houses.) We do guarantee that it will be returned to you with great improvements, and that our work adheres to the book industry’s highest standards. Our Copyediting service is designed to be a fast, inexpensive solution and, therefore, is not typically purchased with multiple rounds in mind. If your budget and timeline can accommodate more comprehensive editing, we recommend either starting with Collaborative Editing or ordering the Professional Editing Package.