the home of Sky Diary Productions and Chris Kridler’s editing and publishing services for authors.
Chris Kridler works one-on-one with authors, offering professional book publication services, including copy editing, book formatting and cover design. Drawing on university training and journalism experience as a copy editor, as well as more than twenty-five years as a professional writer, editor, photographer, designer and videographer, she can give you the assistance you need to self-publish your book or get your manuscript ready to submit to agents and publishers. She offers honest critiques that go beyond usage and punctuation and help you achieve the tone, meaning and message you want to convey with your writing and presence as an author.
Read on for more information about:
Book editing ~ Formatting ~ Cover design ~ Media kits ~ Author photos ~ Book trailers
Copy editing and developmental editing
Copy editing: Chris offers copy editing with extras. She edits copy for grammar, spelling and punctuation; notes problems with clarity and consistency; and suggests changes. With her copy edit, she will include a written critique of the work (generally five to ten pages) that will give you a sense of its strengths and weaknesses. She charges by word and not per hour so that she can do a thorough edit of your work, in electronic format — Microsoft Word, with edits and notes embedded via Track Changes, so that you can accept or reject them.
RATES: For copy editing, rates are $20 for up to 2000 words; $30 for 3000-3999 words; and for 4000 words and above, $8 per 1000 words. E.g. $320 for 40,000 words; $400 for 50,000; $480 for 60,000 words; $560 for 70,000; and so on. (50,859 words, for example, would be charged at the 50,000-word rate, and 51,323 at the 51,000-word rate.) Copy edits of books of high complexity (e.g. nonfiction books with extensive footnotes) may cost more.
FREE SAMPLE: Chris will edit a sample of up to 1000 words from the beginning of your book (about four pages, double-spaced) for free before both parties commit to a full edit, to ensure you will get what you need from a copy edit.
Developmental editing: Chris will do an overall critique/developmental story edit for most novel-length works of 50,000 to 100,000 words for $250, including a detailed summary (approximately ten pages) and additional notes in the text. This service is ideal when you want an early assessment of your completed novel and suggestions on what you need to improve.
Conversion and formatting of ebooks and paperbacks
Ebook formatting: Have your book converted and formatted into an attractive ebook ready for upload to all the major services: Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, Draft2Digital and anyone who takes mobi and epub files. Starting at $45 for novels/text-driven books
Book cover and interior design: Chris will work with you and your art, or purchased stock art, to create an eye-catching cover (front only for ebook or front, spine and back for print). If desired, she will prepare your book’s interior to meet industry standards for publication and deliver a PDF ready to upload to CreateSpace, Amazon’s print-on-demand service. Interiors priced according to complexity and may be included with editing/ebook formatting; covers starting at $95
Author photos and publicity materials
Author photos: In an hourlong portrait session, get professional author photos for use in publicity and on your book. $125 [See sample portraits]
First steps to marketing – photos + press release: A media kit with photos and a press release helps introduce you to the press. Chris will write your initial news release, craft a Q&A interview with you for your website/media kit, and take professional author photos that will help you launch your book. $175
Book trailers and video interviews
Promote your work with a professional video book trailer or on-camera interview. Or do a series of short videos filmed in one session, perfect for social media or your Patreon content. Starting at $295 [See more videos]
About Chris Kridler
Chris Kridler trained as a copy editor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated summma cum laude with a double major in journalism and English and a great love for literature and books of all genres. She has more than two decades of experience in journalism as a copy editor, reporter, page designer, photographer and videographer, and she has published several novels. She edits, designs and formats books for other authors, helping them through the process of self-publishing. Chris has a critic’s eye thanks to extensive experience in indie publishing, professional editing, creative writing classes, literature classes and critique groups; in addition, she has written book reviews for multiple newspapers, including several for The Baltimore Sun. Contact Chris