Book editing & publishing services for authors

Copy editing. Formatting. Cover design. Publicity materials. Author photos. Book trailers.
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Welcome to SharpEditor.com,

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.


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Read on for more information about:
Book editing ~ Formatting ~ Cover design ~ Media kits ~ Author photos ~ Book trailers


 

“Chris not only came up with the cover … but she went on to give a deep edit of my work — reviewing content and flow as well as all other editorial issues. Chris doesn’t just tell you that it doesn’t work — she tells you why and then, bonus of bonuses, she suggests how you can make it pop! … Chris Kridler will help you from start to finish in making your book the best it can be for self-publishing.”


~ Jill Wallace
Author, War Serenade
jillwallace.com

 

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.

“Chris did a fantastic job editing my book. She is exceptionally knowledgeable of the entire publishing process. Her energy is contagious, and her focus helped me accomplish every goal. Chris’s expertise and guidance was invaluable. I could not have published the book without her. Don’t publish without a quality edit by an experienced editor. It is one step you must accomplish and one you cannot do nearly as well alone. I highly recommend Chris for both editing and publishing support. I fully intend to ask for her help on my next book.”


~ Bob Harvey
Colonel, USAF (retired)
Author of The Whole Truth: The Tainted Prosecution of an American Fighter Pilot
viperpilotpress.com

 

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

 

“Chris Kridler was the shepherd of my story from editing to publication. Her expertise in cover design, formatting both paperback and e-book, as well as the first phase of promotion, including website, press release and photography, allowed me to become an author and tell my story. Could not have done it without her!”


~ Rick Townson
Author of Hotel Fidel Castro: An American’s Nine Years in the Cuban Gulag
hotelfidelcastro.net

 

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]

 

 

 

 

“I shot my book trailer with Chris, and I couldn’t be happier. I told her what I was looking for, to re-create the first chapter of my novel Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light as if it was a movie, and she came back with a shot by shot listing of how she would film the trailer. On the day of the shoot she was on time and filled with fantastic ideas on how to bring my book to life. She used many different techniques that in editing produced exactly what I was looking for. I would recommend Chris for any projects and will definitely use her again. Her rates are reasonable, she is extremely professional, and she gives your project 110% of her efforts.”


~ Jaimie Engle
Author, Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light
thewriteengle.com

 

About Chris Kridler

Chris Kridler

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