FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – PROFESSIONAL EDITING PACKAGE

 

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.)
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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 bookediting@kirkusreviews.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 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. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to set up a one-hour consulting session with the editor who worked on your book after the edited manuscript and feedback are returned to you in round one (Collaborative Editing).

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. It is important to note, however, that once you upload the revised manuscript for rounds two and three of the editing process (Copyediting and the final review), 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 round two or three, we will assign a comparable professional and give him or her full access to the previous round’s editorial notes. .

Will my manuscript be flawless when it is returned to me?
We aim for perfection, but it is not guaranteed. 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.

Why would I need three rounds of editorial work if your editors are so good?
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, our Professional Editing Package gives your manuscript the same thorough treatment best-selling and award-winning books receive.

 

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WHAT AUTHORS SAY ABOUT KIRKUS EDITORIAL


“You found me the perfect editor, and this novel is now what I wanted it to be.”
—Robin Martin, author of The Hiding Place Girl

“As a first time novelist, it was important to me to put my best foot forward when I began the submission process. I chose Kirkus Editorial because it was a company I knew I could trust. I was paired with a professional and knowledgeable editor who polished my manuscript to a shine. After that, my book quickly found a home with a great publisher. I couldn't be happier!”
—Chrissy Lessey, author of The Coven

“I learned more in a few months with the Kirkus pros than I did in years with my kind-hearted friends. Their three-level editing process was one of the best investments I’ve ever made.”
—Carey Richard, author of The Poppy Field Diary

“It would be a profound understatement to say that my editor’s work was outstanding and added great value to the final product. Her detailed focus, diligent efforts, and creative ideas helped create a better piece of work. Her work made the manuscript much more enjoyable for the reader while enhancing my voice as the author.”
—J.M. Erickson, author of Future Prometheus: Emergence & Evolution and Future Prometheus II: Revolution, Successions & Resurrections

“The editor at Kirkus Editorial did a great job of correcting my grammatical errors, which could be a big problem for a person like me, for whom English is not her first language. In addition, my editor paid close attention to the factual statements, as well as providing me invaluable suggestions as how to make the sentences sound better. I will definitely use Kirkus Editorial again in the future.”
—G.X. Chen, author of The Mystery of Moutai

“In my experience, Kirkus Editorial took the ‘self’ out of self-publishing. Having used Kirkus Editorial for multiple manuscripts, I found them to be prompt, responsive, and professional—as promised. The level of communication and personal service was unexpected, and gave me support and a sense of team effort that every self-published author can benefit from. Additionally, Kirkus was able to provide the same editorial team for my multiple projects, which helped me stay true to my voice and personal style. I will continue to use Kirkus Editorial to achieve my publishing goals.”
—Joan Gable, author of Summer of Firefly Memories, Summer of Dragonfly Changes, and My Christmas Curse

“It took blood, sweat, and many tears to write a memoir. Finding the right editor for my book was mandatory. I chose Kirkus Editorial because it has the best reputation in the industry. My editor was a joy to work with. I had absolute confidence in her editorial comments. They were astute, comprehensive, and ultimately made my book shine.”
—Kami Corban, author of Ex-Rich Girl Tells All

“As a first-time novelist, Kirkus Editorial was my secret weapon. Sure, they caught the typos I missed and flagged the stylistic inconsistencies. But the clincher was the hour-long phone consultation with their editor, which gave me the other answers I needed. I recommend Kirkus to any writer who is serious about presenting a polished, professional manuscript.”
—Gerry O'Brien, author of 1901

“I found my Kirkus Editorial experience to be an exceptionally positive one. The book I had sent in was a collection of fairy tales and the editor was quite knowledgeable on the topic, even recognizing that one of the stories was a retelling of a rather obscure tale. Her analysis of the structure, pacing, characterization, etc. was great to hear. It gave me confidence that the themes and tone were coming out clearly. And for the elements that weren’t coming out clearly, she gave clear indication and suggestions for improving. I would highly recommend Kirkus Editorial, especially for independent authors looking to get professional feedback. It gave me the confidence to get my book out and ready for critiques.”
—Joe Hillenbrand, author of The Seed and Other Fairy Tales

“The editing of my first novel by Kirkus Editorial was phenomenal. The editor did an outstanding job. All of his changes and suggestions improved my manuscript. Before choosing Kirkus, I obtained some examples of the editing that other editors would do based on their editing of the first two chapters of the manuscript. None were anywhere near the caliber of Kirkus’ editor. I believe the improvements his editing made in my manuscript are a key reason that the book has been selected for the Florida Citrus Archives. If I ever write another novel, I will not hesitate to choose Kirkus Editorial to edit the manuscript.”
—Allen Morris, author of Florida Gold

“My first story had a huge flaw that I didn’t recognize, but fortunately Kirkus Editorial’s alert editors found it and brought it to my attention, and I was able to fix it before it was published. I am amazed how much cleaner my stories come back after the editing process. I will be hiring Kirkus Editorial again in the future.”
—L. Christina, author of Kaelah, Angry Hands, and Leaf Hopper

“Kirkus Editorial is easy to use and reliable. I love their online system and having clear expectations of timing in every step of the process. I've used their editors for manuscripts across multiple genres, knowing that I'll get quality results from experienced editors in the industry. They have become my go-to for all my editing needs.”
—Tabitha Garrido, BOA Press

“Kirkus Editorial’s services are a godsend for indie authors like myself. My manuscript received a professional polishing, and the feedback I got from the editor was very constructive and helpful—overall the work done, especially on the level of sentences and language, was outstanding. My book is now ready to go out there, alongside traditionally published novels. I will definitely be using Kirkus Editorial again in the future.”
—B.K. Knight, author of Black Cloud Rider

“My whole experience with Kirkus was valuable beyond measure. The book-loving intelligence and sophistication of my editor—not to mention the professionalism he brought to the task—gave me great comfort, and yes, confidence because he ‘got’ the craziness of the story and its characters. When he commented, "reader needs description here" or "reader needs dialogue there," I always took his advice. I'm indebted to him for his unwavering focus on the reader’s understanding of the story, because it made all the difference.”
—Arthur Cotton Moore, author of Interruption of the Cocktail Hour

“The editor took my work and made it better. What was most comforting was that she truly took the time to understand my work and give it the consideration of fitting suggestions.”
—Robert Polston, author of PINE

“The editor assigned by Kirkus did an incredible job polishing my words, and her concise line-by-line edit took my manuscript to the next level. I’m very pleased with it, and the edit was well worth the expense.”
—Seng Ty, author of The Years of Zero

“Kirkus Editorial was valuable to me. It pointed out both weaknesses and strengths in my manuscript. I’ve used the information in rewriting and refining my manuscript to the point where I feel it's now ready for publication. I might add that the Kirkus review was also useful. I'm including a copy of the review along with the query letters to perspective publishers and agents and have already received positive feedback from some. I'm glad I took these extra steps with my book.”
—Jan Hendrix, author of The Blue Hole and Other Stories

“After reading about Kirkus, I decided that I needed my manuscript edited by a company that had good credentials, because I am an indie author and publisher. My experience was worry free and delivered everything that was promised. I received a detailed written report explaining how to improve my manuscript and offering suggestions on word choice. These were the things most beneficial to me. Kirkus proved to be true to its word, and I received the project on the day stated. I did not worry once I published my book because it was a product that I could be proud of.”
—Rachel E. Rice, author of The Incredible Mr. Black