IP Assess is geared to assist authors to refine promising work for publication.
Our assessors are in-house and freelance professionals who work on projects in their fields of expertise. They know what our expectations are for publishable work, so they will advise you accordingly.
Following submission of your query, you have several options with IP Assess:
The Query. All unsolicited submissions to IP are subject to an initial fee of $77. We review your initial submissions package (see our Guidelines for what's required) and let you know if your work shows promise. This initial fee can be waived if:
• we have invited you to submit
• you have at least one title released by a publisher with national distribution ("self-published" work may or may not qualify – ask us!)
• you have a current full-time student or pension card.
We offer several options for developing promising work to a publishable state.
Inside Track Consultations (ITCs) are good way to jump the queue. You email us a synopsis of your revised work, a covering letter outlining what market you are targeting, and a sample (two-three chapters of a prose work, or 10-12 poems). Your work is then assessed by one of our genre editors, who will give you a frank opinion on the readiness of your work for publication and what you need to do to get it to the next level. You'll need a thick skin because they'll call as they see it.
ITCs costs: AU$95 / 30 minutes or AU$185 / 1 hour (GST-inclusive).
WITS (WIRED Inside Track Sessions) are similar to ITCs but are available via Skype on request. You can request for the WITC to be handled with or without video. A WITC can be a follow-up to an Inside Track Consultation. To make contact from Skype, search for reiterdr.
WITS costs: AU$95 / 30 minutes or AU$185 / 1 hour (GST-inclusive).
Mentoring Services. Sometimes authors welcome feedback on their project over a sustained period of time rather than a single snapshot assessment. This way, you work on an issue at a time. You might begin with a Short Report to identify the issues that need to be worked on and then request a mentorship. We offer mentoring in minimum blocks of 10 hours, which includes the mentor's reading of the manuscript, provision of feedback and follow-up with you by email or phone/Skype.
Mentorship costs: AU$895 per 10 hour block or AU$1695 per 20 hour block (paid for in advance).
Short Report. You send us your full manuscript, or a representative chunk of it, for our assessors to review. You receive a 2-4 page report focussing on "big picture" issues – positives as well as areas needing improvement – with key examples to direct your revisions. You can then save yourself money by applying these suggestions to the rest of your project. For more information about Short Reports have a read of Senior Editor Lauren Daniels' advice.
Short Report Fees (GST-inclusive):
AU$450 (prose, poetry, transmedia projects)
AU$350 (picture book projects)
Authors outside Australia are exempt from paying GST and may pay in AU$s, US$s, CA$s or NZ$s.
You may request a second Short Report after undertaking revisions based on your first report.
If you are a full-time student or are on a pension and can supply proof of your status, we offer a 20% discount on these services.
Assessments. These are full assessments of a complete manuscript, following your initial query.
Assessors work by email on digital copies of the work. They provide you with an overview report, identifying big picture issues that need to be addressed. They also provide specific suggestions and examples of how to revise throughout the manuscript. Once you receive the report, the assessor is available by email to clarify points raised in the report for up to 30 minutes of follow-up email or phone support. Additional support is charged at AU$95 per 30 minute block.
Documents should be submitted to us as an atttachment in Microsoft Word, Pages or Adobe Acrobat and emailed to us at email@example.com.
Full assessment costs vary, depending on the length and complexity of the work. We're happy to provide you with a quote for this service once we have viewed your project. If you are a full-time student or are on a pension and can supply proof of your status, we offer a 20% discount on these services.
Editorial Services. Once your manuscript reaches a near publishable state, you can ask us for editorial support. You submit a Word or Pages file to us and we work on it with Track Changes on so you can see clearly where we've made or suggested changes. These fees include up to 30 minutes of follow-up email or phone support with your editor or proofreader. Additional support is charged at AU$95 per 30 minute block.
Editorial costs: AU$0.04/word (copy editing); AU$0.02/word (proofreading). If you are a full-time student or are on a pension and can supply proof of your status, we offer a 20% discount on these services.
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Updated 25 November 2013