Who are we?
We are pleased to offer the
editorial services of Della
Van Hise and
Rathbone - each professionally published with extensive hands-on
editing, writing and publishing experience spanning over 30 years.
This is your opportunity to work with some of the most skilled
professionals in the field to transform your manuscript into the very
best it can be.
Della Van Hise is the
author of the Star Trek novel, Killing Time, as well as the vampire
novel, Ragged Angels.
She has also written dozens of other books and short stories under a
variety of pseudonyms. Della's non-fiction credits include, among
Quantum Shaman. As editor and publisher, Della has produced over
40 novels and anthologies, working with many writers who have
entered into successful professional careers.
Wendy Rathbone is an award-winning poet and a
winner in the prestigious Writers of the Future contest. As an
editor and publisher, her credits include no less than 40
anthologies and collections.
In evaluating your manuscript, our goal is to help
you identify your strengths as a writer, while simultaneously
working to correct any weaknesses in the submitted work.
Ultimately, we attempt to provide the writer with observations,
commentary and potential alternatives that can turn an ordinary
manuscript into a truly memorable one - and a potentially saleable
one! While we cannot guarantee publication, we can
promise to assist you in creating a manuscript that will get the
attention of potential agents and publishers. Our comments and
suggestions are always constructive, never harsh or mean-spirited.
Additionally, after your work has been edited,
if your manuscript fits the guidelines for our publishing endeavors,
you may be offered a contract for Gay Romance Press or Eye Scry
Publications to publish your work as an e-book. Genres we
currently publish include gay romance, general romance, erotica,
books with a paranormal/metaphysical element, vampire novels
(romantic preferred) as well as occasional non-fiction in the fields
of metaphysical, paranormal, spiritual, and new age. PLEASE
NOTE: Due to an overwhelming number of submissions, we currently
only offer contracts to authors utilizing our editorial services.
However, no contract is guaranteed, and contracts are offered only
to works which we feel are exemplary in their field.
What We Can Do
The types of manuscripts we prefer to work
with are fiction, including but not limited to gay romance,
paranormal, vampire, metaphysical, erotica (gay or heterosexual),
general romance, science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, young adult,
adventure, and most generic novels. While we are willing to
evaluate historical novels, we are not historians, so we cannot
provide historically-accurate modifications. Occasionally, we also
work with non-fiction, primarily in the fields of new age,
metaphysical, occult, paranormal and spiritual. Other genres
considered on request - you can always email us with any questions.
Script Doctoring is another service we offer -
either for your unsold movie or television script, or within the
industry. Della Van Hise has had extensive experience working
with scripts, and has worked with many Hollywood professionals.
Email for details.
How It Works
We prefer manuscripts to be in
Word.doc format or plain text. Scripts may be submitted in
Celtx or Final Draft. If submitting in plain text, your
manuscript will be converted to MS Word for editing & evaluation.
If you cannot work with a Word.doc, we can print out the evaluated
version of your manuscript and return it to you with our commentary.
An extra charge will be assessed for printing.
We will occasionally evaluate manuscripts
submitted in hard copy format, but at a higher rate per page.
Manuscript evaluation consists of commentary & observation only.
We will add detailed comments in the margins of your manuscript, so
you will know exactly where changes may be required. We do not
re-write your manuscript, but give you constructive criticism which
will enable you to make only the changes you deem reasonable.
We are not proofreading your manuscript at this stage (missing
commas, misspellings, line editing, etc.) Proofreading is
available as a separate service after your manuscript has been
evaluated and re-written. (see below)
How long does the process take?
From the time your manuscript and initial
deposit are received, you may expect to wait anywhere from 6-12
weeks, depending on our work load. We will be happy to provide
you with a wait-time estimate at the time of submission. We
also offer a rush service which places your manuscript at the top of
the list (second only to others who have paid for rush service).
Rush service is an additional $100 and will reduce your wait time by
half. If we are seriously over-booked, you will be informed
and your rush service fee will be refunded.
you have completed your manuscript and edited it to the best of your
email us to schedule a thorough evaluation
of your work. If possible, include with your initial email a
brief synopsis (what's it about and who is your main character?).
Also, if possible, include the first 5 pages of the work so we can
1) test it for compatibility with our software; and 2) so that we
may determine if we feel we can be of assistance. In most
cases, we are able to truly assist writers at any stage of their
career - whether beginning or advanced. There are, of course,
rare occasions when a manuscript may simply be irredeemable, and if
that is the case, we don't want to take your money and you will be
(gently) guided toward various books & websites that may assist in
improving your writing skills. No shame, no embarrassment.
We all start somewhere and, if we are willing to learn and grow, we
improve as writers and as storytellers. If you are accepted
for evaluation, you will be notified and an invoice will be sent.
100 pages or less: $200.
101-300 pages: $450.
over 300 pages, add $1.50 for each additional page.
Proofreading and Line Editing
100 pages or less: $150.
101-300 pages: $300.
over 300 pages, add $1.00 for each additional page.
Evaluation Fee: $100. (A
commentary on your work as it stands)
Doctoring Unsold scripts up to 120
pages: $500 (Extensive commentary & evaluation for what needs
to be done to make your script potentially more saleable)
Studio Rates: Professional script doctoring. What's
wrong here and what can we do to fix it? Includes evaluation,
commentary and re-writing as requested by producers, directors and
writers. Rates on request - industry standard.
For book and e-book submissions, standard manuscript format is
double-spaced with at least a 1" margin top, bottom & side. If
you submit a densely-packed single-spaced manuscript, we can still
evaluate it, but you will be notified as to additional charges based
on additional word count. After we have communicated via
email, you will be invoiced for $200 in advance, with the remainder
of the fee due upon completion and before the edited manuscript is
returned to you. We accept most forms of payment, including
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and PayPal. In addition,
arrangements can be made for payment via check or money order.
* What is proofreading and line-editing?
In this service, your manuscript will be checked for punctuation,
proper paragraphing, grammar, spelling and minor inconsistencies
(e.g. such as calling your character "Jack" in one paragraph, and
"Jake" in the next). No evaluation or commentary will be
offered. We recommend the proofreading service only for
manuscripts that have already been edited and are otherwise ready to
be submitted to an agent or publisher. This is the final step
in all manuscript preparation - and a very necessary step it is!
While no human being can guarantee to catch all errors, our accuracy
rating is well over 99%.
to get started?