German to English translation, copy editing, proofreading, and ebook formatting
Welcome to Creative Spirit Editing! I specialize in translating and editing genre fiction: romance, cozy mystery, crime fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. Being a creative spirit myself, I understand the entrepreneurial spirit of creative independent self-publishing authors. I would love to help you reach your creative heights!
I would be happy to provide a complimentary 1,000-word sample edit or translation. I've found that this is the best way for an author to determine whether we are a good fit for each other. Please contact me for a quote or with any questions. I look forward to working with you on your project! Translation Editing – German to English for genre fiction – $5 per page (based on 250 words per page) Are you a German genre fiction author? Are you interested in breaking into the American market? I offer German to American English translation editing services. Although born in the United States, I grew up bilingual as a native German and English speaker. I’m passionate about always maintaining the author's true voice in my English translations of your German novel. As a native speaker in both languages, I have the advantage of inherently understanding all idioms and idiosyncrasies of both languages. This is especially important for narration and dialogue in genre fiction, which tends toward the more colloquial. Many translators, who learned academically or from living in a country, will often still have difficulty with idioms and the non-written rules of the language. Translations follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Turnaround time, once a project is scheduled, is roughly four to six weeks for a 100,000-word manuscript. Before committing to a project, I am happy to provide a complimentary 1,000-word sample translation. I have found that this is the best way for an author to determine whether we are a good fit for each other. References are available upon request. Please contact me for a quote or with any questions. Copy Editing – $5 per page (based on 250 words per page) Copy editing includes suggestions for unclear wording, redundancies, syntax, inconsistencies, and awkward sentences, as well as spelling errors, grammar, and minor formatting issues. Please note: Copy editing does not include big picture developmental editing. I am happy to provide a complimentary 1,000-word sample edit. Please contact me for a quote or with any questions. Proofreading – $4 per page (based on 250 words per page) Proofreading includes previously missed spelling errors, and minor grammar and formatting issues. Please note: Proofreading does not include any content or developmental editing. This should be considered a final last pass of your manuscript and assumes all prior editing of your manuscript (developmental editing and line/copy editing). I am happy to provide a complimentary 1,000-word sample proofread. Please contact me for a quote or with any questions.
Ebook Formatting – for genre fiction only – $35 I use Vellum software to format your genre fiction manuscript into all available formats. After choosing your preferred style options, you will receive a suite of digital files compatible with Kindle, Apple, Nook, Kobo, Google, and Generic EPUB (D2D, Smashwords). Please note: Authors must provide an appropriately sized cover image and ISBN number (if needed). For an extra fee of $35, authors may add-on paperback and large print formatting for interior pages only (does not include the wrap-around cover). Please contact me for a quote or with any questions.
"After working on my manuscript for twelve years, my editor felt very secure in handing my story to Creative Spirit Editing to proofread. In just one week, Annika went through 56,000 words. I found her system of correction so easy to review and change. I really did not know when to use commas. I couldn’t believe she actually saw the difference in fonts! She was thorough and made me feel my book was important. It was a pleasure to work with her." —H. Patterson, author
"Annika does great work and always responds in a timely manner! I would recommend her for anyone who is in need of copy editing or proofreading." —A. Sun, author
Please note: Extra charges may apply if you have a manuscript containing a high number of images, lists, graphs, bibliographies, or other specialized formatting. Please contact me to obtain a quote for your specialized project.