Mark Terry

Thursday, May 31, 2012


I'm expanding on what is already a part of my writing business. Here's the initial flyer!

Would you go onstage without tuning your guitar?

Do you clean your car before you try to sell it?

Why would you publish your novel before you gave it a tune-up?

Mark Terry is a bestselling, award-winning writer, editor, and ghostwriter with more than a dozen years of professional editing experience.

Some books only need proofreading. Others may need intensive editorial development. If you’re uncertain about the level of editing your work needs, send me a sample and I will offer a free critique. Different levels of editing demand different prices.

Proofread: $.015/word
Proofreading is the most basic level of manuscript editing. The editor will look for grammar and spelling errors and note problems regarding word tense or narrative point of view. Nonfiction proofreading includes format correction and style errors in bibliographies and endnotes. I am expert in Chicago Manual of Style, Associated Press Style, American Medical Association style, and academic styles.

Copyedit: $.02/word
The next level of editing involves proofreading, plus basic fact-checking for names, dates, and places, and noting problems with transitions at the paragraph level.

Substantive edit: $.025/word
This level of editing includes proofreading and copyediting, but also includes analysis of larger issues like chapter flow, voice, characterization, and significant structural problems.

Developmental edit: $.055/word
The most comprehensive edit, this process is best instituted early in the editorial and writing process. The developmental edit will analyze the basic narrative structure of your book, including point of view, pacing, characterization, voice, and thematic issues. The developmental edit will include a detailed and comprehensive editorial letter.

Second Read: $200
Once a level of editing has been performed and the author made the changes, the editor will compare the revised manuscript to the original to assure consistency and follow-through, as well as to address any issues that resulted from the revision. This does not include a second comprehensive proofread.

 Mark Terry is an experienced ghostwriter for fiction and nonfiction. I will ghostwrite magazine and trade journal articles, technical articles, as well as fiction and nonfiction books, including writing single chapters in nonfiction books to ghosting complete novels based on your outline. Fees for ghostwriting vary greatly, so contact me to discuss your project.

Technical/Medical Editing & Ghostwriting
I have special training and experience in editing technical materials in the life sciences. If you need help with an article for a trade journal or peer-review technical journal in medicine or one of the life sciences, contact me to discuss your project and rates.

Mark Terry
Mark Terry is the author of over 600 magazine and trade journal articles, 18 books, and literally hundreds of market research reports, white papers, press releases, book reviews, and website copy. His novels have hit the Amazon bestseller lists for fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, and his 2010 novel, THE FALLEN, was the winner of The National Best Books Award in the Thriller/Adventure category. His 2011 novel, THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOWS, was a semi-finalist of the same award. In addition, Mark has been a judge for the International Thriller Writer’s, Inc. THRILLER Award, and a book reviewer for The Oakland Press, Mystery Scene Magazine, Karyogram, and The Armchair Detective. He has been the editor of the international trade/technical journal, The Journal of the Association of Genetic Technologists, since 2000. In addition, Mark has participated in the mentoring program with the Midwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and helped numerous authors bring their manuscripts to publication.

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Have questions about my rates? Contact me to discuss!

"Mark Terry collaborated with myself and John Guiliana on our book, 31-1/2 ESSENTIALS FOR RUNNING YOUR MEDICAL PRACTICE, helping us work up the outline, find an agent and editor, and eventually assisting us in writing the book through to final edits and eventual publication. Mark is a terrific project manager, writer and editor, who teased, coaxed and eventually held our feet to the fire until the project was completed to everyone's satisfaction. Highly recommended." --Dr. Hal Ornstein, DPM

As a first-time author, I knew that in the final phases of my manuscript I could use a professional eye to look everything over. After contacting Mark, I felt confident that I had made the right decision. After reviewing my work, he gave me an honest opinion and presented me with different options. Mark took time to understand my vision and maintained contact throughout the editing process. His rates were very reasonable and he finished the work ahead of schedule.  I am very pleased with the end results and have since gone on to publish my novel.”
--C. Isaacs, author of LINE IN THE SAND


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