IP Assess is geared to assist authors to refine promising work for publication.
Our assessors are qualified in-house and freelance professionals who work on projects in their fields of expertise. We pay our freelancers a premium fee for a premium service. Other asssessment services may charge less, but you generally get what you pay for.
Authors who submit their work to us after receiving an assessment automatically get free entry into our IP Rolling Picks program.
You have several options with IP Assess:
Assessments. These can be on a complete manuscript, or just a representative sample of your choosing. If you are interested in having us provide an assessment of your complete manuscript, send us a sample of about 5%, plus a synopsis of the work, with a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). Or you can email it to us. We only take on projects that we feel could be publishable following an assessment process. Please refer to our contacts page, for further information.
Assessors and clients work by email on digital copies of the work. Microsoft Word, iWorks Pages, and Adobe Acrobat Reader are recommended packages for ensuring a smooth workflow between the assessor and client.
Assessors provide clients with an overview report of about four pages, identifying big picture issues that need to be addressed. They also provide specific suggestions and examples of how to revise throughout the manuscript. Once the report is sent to the client, the assessor is available by email to clarify points raised in the report.
A proper assessment can take 2-3 days or more to complete, and IP is committed to fairly compensating its assessors for the work they do for their clients.
Fees for the assessment depend on the genre of the work, but the following schedule will give you a general idea of what you can expect to pay. Documents should be submitted to us as an atttachment in Microsoft Word, Pages or Adobe Acrobat and emailed to us with IP Assess as your subject:
* short report (all genres except children's picture books): AU$399
* short report (children's picture books): AU$299
* poetry manuscript < 64 pages: AU$599
* poetry manuscripts > 64 pages: AU$599 +AU $150 for each 20 pages over 64
* fiction or non-fiction < 10,000 words: AU$599 <fiction or non-fiction > 10,000 words: AU$599 + AU$150 per 10,000 words or fraction
Authors outside Australia are exempt from paying GST.
We tend to recommend that most authors ask for a Short Report initially. You send us your full manuscript, which our assessors look at selectively. We've found that the concerns our assessors find in those representative samples often extend to the entire work. You receive a 2-4 page report focussing on "big picture" issues – positives as well as areas needing improvement – with some 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 on them and the testimonials in the right hand column on this page.
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 our assessment services.
Inside Track Consultations (ITCs) are another good way to jump the queue and get your manuscript ready for publication. When on tour, our Director Dr David Reiter, offers to meet with prospective authors for 30 minutes or an hour to discuss the best way forward with their manuscript. You'll need a thick skin because he'll call as he sees it. You needn't be intending to send the manuscript to IP, but of course that could be a possibility if he sees it as promising. The cost for ITCs is AU$90 / 30 minutes or AU$175 / 1 hour (GST-inclusive).
WITS (WIRED Inside Track Sessions) are also available via Skype on request. You'll need to email a synopsis of your work, a covering letter outlining what you're hoping to achieve in the consultation, and a sample of the work (two-three chapters of a prose work, or 10-12 poems). You can request for the WITC to be handled by Skype (with or without video), by phone, or by email. The cost for a WITS is AU$80 / 30 minutes or AU$155 / 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. It's possible to begin with an assessment, like a Short Report, to identify the issues that need to be worked on and then sign up for a mentorship with IP. We offer mentoring in blocks of 10 hours, which includes the mentor's reading of the manuscript, provision of feedback and follow-up with you. The cost for the first 10 hours is AU$999; subsequent blocks of 10 hours cost AU$799.
Editorial Services. Once your manuscript reaches a near publishable state, you can ask us for editorial support. This may involve copy editing or proofreading. We charge AU$0.04/word for copy editing (minimum 5,000 words) and $0.02/word for proofreading. 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 support with your editor or proofreader. Additional support is charged at AU$59 per 30 minute block.
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Updated 1 August 2012