Celebrating femininity and empathy through images and words

Publishing Services

Since I founded Mother’s Milk Books in 2011 I’ve often been asked for advice about publishing and whether or not I provide editorial, typesetting and cover design services. The answer was usually ‘no’ – simply because my youngest was at home with me then and I couldn’t find any more hours in the day to take on extra (though much-appreciated) publishing-related work.

Now, however, my youngest is at school and as I have more time available for paid projects I decided to put all the relevant information, regarding my fees, on this one page. If you have any more queries about the following, please email me and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Editorial work:

I have experience in editing poetry, non-fiction, fiction (commercial, literary, fantasy, science-fiction, children’s books and YA are the genres I’m most comfortable with) and academic texts. I charge approx. £25 per hour, so the total cost of the editorial project very much depends on the number of words in the manuscript. For example, a roughly 80, 000 word manuscript (MS) would require 5 hours reading time and 2 hours for a unique (and considered) report on the MS, which would cover (in the example of a fiction book): structure, tone, voice, plot and characterization. Further editing (a line by line edit) would require (approx.) another 10 hours of work.

Typesetting:

With over 5 years of typesetting books and magazines I can turn your Word document into a print-ready PDF which can then be sent to the printers. I have a good working relationship with Russell Press, Nottingham (an established local-to-me printing firm) and they deliver to any address in the U.K. A roughly 80,000 word book takes 15 hours to typeset and I charge £20 per hour, so that makes £300 in total.

Cover Design:

If you have a high-quality image that you have permission to use for a cover, then I can turn it into a professional-looking book cover. For print books I can design the back and front wraparound cover as well. I usually charge £100 for this service. If you don’t have an image you have permission to use, and would like an illustrator to be involved, I can draw on my contacts in order to help you find an appropriate illustrator.

Project management:

With four years experience of turning manuscripts into books I can help you to produce your book, and to make it the way you want it to look. For a relatively short book (e.g. a children’s picture book) this package starts at £200 and this includes editing, proofreading, typesetting and cover design, as well as liaising with printers. Depending on the amount of editorial input needed, the cost of a package for a more substantial book would start at £400.

Payments:

Before I begin on the project I require a 50% deposit, and once the work is complete, the remaining 50% needs to be paid within one day. Payments can be made by Paypal, BACS (bank transfer) or cheque.

Contact:

If you would like to discuss your project with me, in the first instance please can you email me on: teika [at] mothersmilkbooks [dot] com and then we can take it from there.

With thanks for your interest, and happy writing!