Editor Questions Answered

We have attempted to explain the basics of how Booktrope works and answer some of your initial questions below. You’ll learn how we work, what your responsibilities are, and–of course–how we get paid. Read on, and we hope you consider joining the team!

What kind of books does Booktrope publish?

Booktrope publishes both fiction and nonfiction titles across a wide range of genres, from young adult to sci-fi to fantasy to romance to literary fiction and everything in between.

Will Booktrope ever assign me a book that I don’t want to work on?

Nope. Another nice thing about our model is that you get the chance to browse through manuscripts, connect with authors, and decide which projects you’d like to work on. If a book doesn’t “speak to you,” you don’t have to work on it.

What is a creative team and team publishing?

At Booktrope, we publish books in teams that typically include the Author, an Editor, a Proofreader, a Book Designer, and a Book Manager (marketing). Everyone on the team is compensated based on a portion of the profit for the book, for each and every book. You can think of it as profit sharing or a royalty model. We share all sales data with the creative team so everyone knows how the book is doing.

Why is the team approach important?

First, we think that when people work as a team, they create better books. Second, we think it is time that everyone on the book team was on the same page compensation-wise. Last, if everyone on the team has a reason to promote the book, they will, resulting in better book sales.

How do I get paid?

Editors at Booktrope are paid in the form of royalties. Because royalties are tied to sales, Editor earnings usually fluctuate from month to month. Not all books earn the same amount; some sell many copies, others sell few. There is no cap on Editor and Proofreader earnings. Editors and Proofreaders continue to earn their percentage on books as long as Booktrope remains the publisher. Our books are sold primarily online, and the “shelf life” of those sales continues for a long time.

Booktrope’s compensation system works better the more books you have in your portfolio. In order to build a Booktrope Editor’s portfolio that generates higher income, it’s important to seek out books that you believe will sell well. It’s also helpful if you keep an eye on the promotional and marketing activity and do what you can to support this activity.

Royalties are paid out monthly within 60 days from the month end of the royalty earnings period.

How do I find projects to work on?

Within Teamtrope, our online platform, Editors have the ability to search projects needing Editors. When you find a project that interests you, you can reach out to the Author to meet and chat and see if you would work well together. On the flip side, Authors are also constantly searching through Editor profiles on Teamtrope to find potential team members and in that case will contact you. It’s crucial that you fill out your profile once in the system!

What are editing deadlines?

Deadlines vary from project to project – our main requirement is that creative teams discuss up-front and agree to deadlines for project milestones. We then ask that everyone on the team work diligently to meet these deadlines.

Teams are responsible for setting their own deadlines. Booktrope Management expects you to meet your deadlines and will follow up to see that you are on schedule. You must set an “Edit Complete Date” before starting on editing and we expect proofreading jobs will take approx. two weeks. If your team can’t meet your deadline, it’s the team’s responsibility to get in touch with Booktrope Management.

Do I have to do my editing and proofreading online?

No – while we require that all communication either occur or be documented online in Teamtrope, and while the workflow steps of each book occur online in Teamtrope, you will do your actual editing and proofing offline using Microsoft Word.

Do you require the use of a particular style guide?

No. We do, however, require that creative teams discuss and agree upon a style guide or set of rules for each book they work on so that the author, editor, and proofreader are working with the same set of rules. The most important thing is to be consistent – em dashes and ellipsis, for example, should be formatted the same way throughout and if the Oxford comma is used, it needs to be used consistently.

How do I communicate my revisions to the author?

The author will give you their original manuscript. You need to make sure that you have “Track Changes” on in Microsoft Word before you begin editing. Once you are done, you will return the manuscript to the author and they will be responsible for accepting/rejecting all of your revisions.

What level of editing is required?

The level of editing varies from book to book. Some books have been through beta readers and workshops and need only line-item edits. Others would benefit from a comprehensive developmental edit. It is up to the author and editor to discuss up-front what would best serve the book and agree to the level of edit desired before work begins.

Will an author ask me for a sample edit before agreeing to work with me?

Yes! We encourage authors to do this, as it helps ensure that authors and editors are a good fit for each other. Once you are on a team, all communication will happen in the Teamroom. Because you are not invited into the Teamroom until it is determined you will be editing the book, the sample chapter will need to be sent another way. The easiest method is to save it in dropbox and send the link via private message in Teamtrope.

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