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    Book Editors for Fiction and Non-Fiction

    Why is a talented editor so important?  
    Every book contains unique ideas and poses unique challenges. What is the best organization? Should material be added or moved? As experienced editors, we can help on all levels. We refine the book’s content, polish the text, and collaborate with you to produce a flawless book that you will be proud to publish.

    An expert editor makes you look good in print.

    Our editing services include: 

    • Content Editing: Improve draft manuscript content for clarity, cohesiveness, and effectiveness.
    • Copy Editing: Correct sentence-level syntax and mechanics; proofreading.
    • Manuscript Evaluation, Comprehensive: In-depth analysis of ideas, organization, tone, illustrations, effectiveness, etc. Includes written analysis and phone conference.
    • Manuscript Review, Basic: A thoughtful reading for ideas, organization, completeness. Includes phone conference and goals for improvement.
    • Editorial Consulting: Book development, publishing choices, marketing, copyright, ISBN, etc.

    How to Get Started?

    When you feel you are done with drafting and you're ready to share your work, get in touch by email or phone. We will email you a shared folder.  Drop your MS Word or Pages book draft, and any images, into the folder. We'll take a look and give you an estimate for the editing service you choose.

    Which Do You Need - Manuscript Evaluation or Content Editing?

    Manuscript evaluation is similar to content editing. They are both an analysis of the structure, content, and function of the manuscript. Content editing assumes that your work is completed and ready to be shaped and refined.
    For a manuscript evaluation, we assume that your draft is still fluid and open to major revision. Your editor reads with an open mind, considering all the elements below and suggesting changes that would significantly improve the book. This is a relatively inexpensive way to go forward, as we are able to work quickly, reading the draft without making any changes to the text.

    • Idea: Is the focus of the book clear? Are the ideas communicated clearly throughout?
    • Organization: Is the structure of the book clear? Is it chronologically or topically organized in a way that readers will understand?
    • Completeness: Is the draft “done”? Are there missing ideas or unanswered questions?
    • Clarity: Are there any areas that are unclear, or difficult for a reader to understand?
    • Cohesiveness: Do the sections of the book flow smoothly? Are there clear transitions?
    • Purpose: Does the book have a purpose and fulfill its goal to inform, persuade, or entertain? 
    • Tone: Is the author’s tone consistent with the purpose? Does the author have a voice throughout?
    • Illustrations: How do the illustrations enhance the book? How can they be used most effectively?
    • Introduction and Conclusion: Does the book have an effective frame? If not, what could the frame be?
    • Goals: What needs to be done to complete your draft?