Editorial Services

I am Andrei Cherascu, a full-time science fiction writer and enthusiastic reader of almost anything. 

As an author, I know how important quality feedback is for the development of a manuscript. I also know from personal experience how difficult it is to find someone who can give you the feedback you’re looking for and do so in a timely manner. In other words: someone who will make your manuscript a priority. This inspired me to start a service geared specifically toward the needs of independent authors.

I know that punctuality is the most important factor, especially with the dynamics of the self-publishing market. Because I’m a full-time writer and make my own schedule, I can guarantee that the manuscript will get back to you on time, on the agreed-upon day.

I offer two types of editorial services, depending on your manuscript’s needs and stage of development.

 

PROFESSIONAL BETA READING

I will take a reader’s approach when going through your story, but a writer’s approach when communicating with you. That means I will read your manuscript just like I would any published book and then honestly tell you what I loved and what I thought could use more work. I will do so in a way that is constructive and encouraging. Essentially, I will give you the beta read I would want for my own books.

There will be in-line comments so you can follow my real-time reactions and a 1000-2000 word editorial letter with my conclusions.

Cost: The cost is $0.004 (USD) per word ($4 per 1000 words). For example, a 100,000 word manuscript would be a flat $400. Payment will be made via PayPal or bank transfer.

Turnaround time: 7-14 days, depending on the book’s length.

Genres: I read almost all genres, though my experience in the SFF spectrum means that my feedback is most likely to be helpful in this particular corner of literature. I have little experience with romance and erotica and consequently, probably little useful feedback to offer.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

The developmental editing service is an in-depth analysis of your manuscript.

I will take a detailed look at all creative aspects of the story, from its theme, setting and worldbuilding to its plot, coherence, character development, dialogue and overall narrative flow.  

There will be extensive in-line comments with my real-time reactions, questions, observations and suggestions for improvement. 

I will write a 4000-5000 word editorial letter addressing the book’s strengths and weaknesses all while respecting your vision for the story.  

After you go through my feedback we’ll have a 1-2 hour audio or video conference to answer all your remaining questions, address and expand on my observations and suggestions, look for possible solutions to outstanding dilemmas and just generally brainstorm together. 

Cost: The cost is $0.012 (USD) per word ($12 per 1000 words). For example, a 100,000 word manuscript would be a flat $1200. Payment will be made via PayPal or bank transfer.

A 50% deposit is required for first-time customers.

I provide a sample edit of the first 10-15 pages so you can decide if my style and approach is right for you.  

Turnaround time: 14-30 days, depending on the book’s length.

Genres: I read almost all genres, though my experience in the SFF spectrum means that my feedback is most likely to be helpful in this particular corner of literature. I have little experience with romance and erotica and consequently, probably little useful feedback to offer.

You can CONTACT ME via e-mail at cherascu.andrei@gmail.com or through the website’s Contact page. 

Check below for client testimonials!

ABOUT ME

I am the author of the science fiction series The Mindguard Saga. My debut novel, Mindguard, was chosen Book of the Year 2014 by scifi365.net. Its sequel, The Vintages, was nominated for Best Science Fiction at the 2016 eFestival of Words. Martyrs of the Mind, the fourth book in the series, was released in 2019. I am currently writing the series finale.

When I’m not working on my novels or editing other authors’ manuscripts, I’m busy running my jazz-themed website, The Music and Myth, where I review records and gigs and post interviews with artists like Bill Frisell, Al DiMeola, Thana Alexa and Jazzmeia Horn.

I enjoy spending the evenings drinking wine and listening to music with my wife, Ioana and my Bichon puppies, Jazzie and Teyla. 

You can find out more about my work at andreicherascu.com

“He’s an extremely sharp pair of second eyes on a manuscript and I have confidence that he doesn’t sugarcoat his conclusions. Yes, a beta reader is only one reader out of many — but at the pre-publication stage, it’s very important to get a good reader’s take on a book.”

Felix R. Savage, New York Times bestselling science fiction author

“Andrei read my book Citizen Erased in January 2018. He’s very good at keeping correspondence with a client and had my book back to me with comments and a detailed report by our agreed deadline. Andrei is very good at spotting influences and talking about strengths but isn’t afraid to tell me when revisions are needed or something should just be cut – he’s an author but writes his reports from a reader point of view before letting the ‘inner editor’ take over. The book is now a lot more polished because of Andrei’s feedback.”

Tommy Muncie, author of Carnathia’s Underground and The Talent Show

“I am extremely happy with the beta reading Andrei did for me. His mixture of general responses and specific comments was excellent, with useful suggestions for why a given area might not work. As he comes at beta reading from the combined perspective of both an avid reader and a writer himself, he was able to point not just to problems (or good parts) but also to identify some of the underlying craft issues that might be at stake. He was very good at communicating his own process, timely in his responses, and courteous and professional in all our communications. I highly recommend him for beta reading to anyone who might be looking for such a service.”

Victoria Goddard, author of Stargazy Pie and other literary fantasy