Editorial Services

Edits

I love working with authors and helping them bring out the best elements of their stories while cutting back on errors and problem spots. I cannot, however, guarantee that my services will result in your story being published. Acquisitions are made based on the personal tastes of editors and upon their knowledge of the market, which is ever-shifting.

Also, one editorial pass will not always catch all errors or fix all problems. Sometimes the editorial process can even create more errors as words are shifted around and sentences are rewritten. It often requires several passes to get a manuscript completely up to speed.

What I Provide:

I am prepared to work with stories of all lengths and genres, though my specialty lies in the realm of speculative—especially fantasy—fiction. I provide the following editorial services:

Copyediting ($0.01 a word): identifies and corrects typographical and punctuation errors, misspellings, and formatting inconsistencies. Also includes grammatical issues, word usage, capitalization, tone, and format.

Substantive Editing ($0.014 a word): (includes copyediting) seeks to achieve clarity of subject, logic, and consistency. This involves imagery, point of view, characterization, dialogue, and plot. Suggestions for the rewriting of sections to improve readability and emotional impact are included.

All substantive editing manuscript evaluations will include line edits and notes throughout the story, as well as general comments about the strengths and weaknesses in the writing. All of this will be provided electronically, in an MS Word document with changes tracked and comments embedded, or in a PDF file viewable with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, based on your preference.

The First Step:

Please use the editing contact form to send a brief description of your story, and I will respond with an estimate as to when I can begin work.

Your description should include: story length, a brief synopsis (nothing more than a paragraph or two), what you think are the story’s strengths and weaknesses, and what you are hoping to achieve (publication in a literary or consumer magazine, publication by one of the big NYC houses, self publication, etc.).

The Second Step:

When we decide to work together, I’ll ask you to send a MS Word .doc or .rtf file to the above email address. I will take a quick look at the story and give you an estimate as to how long it will take for me to finish the project.

Editorial Prices

I am currently revising my services and pricing structure to better reflect how I work with clients with differing needs. Please feel free to email me with questions though the editing contact form.

 

Terms

1. Services:

The Editor agrees to provide the following services based on the level of service desired:

Copyediting: identifies and corrects typographical and punctuation errors, misspellings, and formatting inconsistencies. Also includes grammatical issues, word usage, capitalization, tone, and format.

Substantive Editing: seeks to achieve clarity of subject, logic, and consistency. This involves imagery, point of view, characterization, dialogue, and plot. Suggestions for the rewriting of sections to improve readability and emotional impact are included.

All manuscript evaluations will include line edits and notes throughout the story, as well as general comments about the strengths and weaknesses in the writing.

All critiques will be provided electronically, in an MS Word document with changes tracked and comments embedded, or in a PDF file viewable with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, based on the Client’s preference.

2. Payment:

Payment is due at the time of submission and can be made above.

3. Termination:

This agreement may be terminated by either party in the event of material change of circumstance, with notice sent to the other party via email.

In the event of termination, the Client shall still owe the Editor for all work completed at the time of initial notice. If termination occurs before the Editor has completed editing the current selection of the manuscript, the amount of the fee, proportionate to the amount of work remaining, will be returned to the Client.

4. Indemnity:

Editing a work of fiction is a highly subjective task. The Editor will make his best efforts to advise and suggest changes to improve the manuscript. No changes or edits are binding on the Client, who may choose to disregard the Editor’s advice.

The Editor does not guarantee that the services will result in publication of the Manuscript. Acquisitions are made based on the personal tastes of publishers and their editors and upon their perceived knowledge of the market, which is ever-shifting.

The Editor does not guarantee that the services will result in a completely error-free Manuscript. One editorial pass may not catch all errors or fix all problems. Sometimes the editorial process can create more errors as words are shifted around and sentences are rewritten.

The Editor is not providing official legal copyright or trademark advice. While the Editor will make every effort to bring questionable material to the attention of the Client, the Client agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Editor from any and all claims or demands, including legal fees, arising out of any alleged libel or copyright infringement committed by the Client in the creation of the Manuscript.

The Client acknowledges and agrees that W. H. Horner Editorial & Design, W. H. Horner, and Fantasist Enterprises, their subsidiaries, clients, agents, artists, writers, representatives, or licensees may now or in the future be working on projects that contain concepts, ideas, and characters that are similar to those found in the Manuscript. Any similarity between materials in the Manuscript and any materials developed in the past or future by W. H. Horner Editorial & Design, W. H. Horner, and Fantasist Enterprises, their subsidiaries, clients, agents, artists, writers, representatives, or licensees shall be coincidental. The Client shall have no rights whatsoever in or to, nor will the Client make any claim against materials developed in the past or future by W. H. Horner Editorial & Design, W. H. Horner, and Fantasist Enterprises, their subsidiaries, clients, agents, artists, writers, representatives, or Licensees notwithstanding any similarity to the Manuscript.

5. Applicable Law

Regardless of the place of its physical execution, this Agreement shall be interpreted, construed and governed in all respects by the laws of the State of Delaware, USA.

6. Modification and Waiver:

This Agreement may not be modified or altered except by a written instrument signed by the parties to be charged. No waiver of any term or condition of this Agreement, or of any breach of this Agreement or any portion thereof, shall be deemed a waiver of any other term, condition or breach of this Agreement or any portion thereof.

7. Total Agreement:

The Client acknowledges and agrees that this Agreement supersedes and replaces all other communications between the Client and the Editor, and represents the complete and entire agreement between the Client and the Editor.


  • Testimonials

    “Over the years I’ve worked with very good editors at major houses and I’d easily place William Horner among the best. His energy and enthusiasm are remarkable, and I’ve never had a more meticulous copyedit.”
    Elaine Cunningham, New York Times bestselling author of Shadows in the Darkness

    “I’ve been in this business thirty years, I’ve worked with many of the top science fiction and fantasy editors, and I’m here to tell you that William Horner is one of the best. If you ever get the chance to work with him, jump at the opportunity.”
    Lawrence C. Connolly, author of over 40 short stories and novellas and The Veins Cycle

    “A good editor takes a story and works with the writer to make it better. An awesome editor takes a story and works with the writer to build skills and techniques that writer can utilize throughout the rest of his or her career. On several occasions I have had the good fortune to work with one of those awesome editors: William H. Horner. William pushes a writer to really get into the gritty bowels of the story, to cut what needs to be cut, and to explore new angles to give the reader still more.”
    Angeline Hawkes, author of Shamian Gate and Blood Alone

    “William Horner helped sharpen the direction of my plot and had some incredible insights into my characters. My novel is much more focused and has an added depth that wouldn't have occurred without his feedback.”
    Patrick Parr, author of Life from the Perspective of a Smashed Piece of Gum: And Other Stories

    “William’s dedication to professional copyediting is refreshing. He really cares about the job, and this showed in the final product. Once my story was published, I had confidence that it read as I had originally intended.”
    James R. Cain, editor of Dark Animus and author of Ek Chuah

    “Even stories published by famous editors sometimes contain glaring errors. The only story I published from 2003–2005 that I can look at with perfect joy was edited by William Horner. The story that he pulled out of me is better than it would have been had he not loved my story enough to work so patiently to perfect it.”
    Carole McDonnell, author of “Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair” in Fantastical Visions III and Wind Follower