1. Why new authors? Ask any editor what their favorite part of the job is and the answer is almost always seeing the joy first-time authors have when they learn their book is going to be published. We’re no different. We love helping new authors bring their work to print. And since they often need the most help editing and shaping their work, it seemed like a natural specialty.
2. Do you work with veteran authors? All the time. If you look at the list of books we’ve edited recently, you’ll notice that some authors have let us work on several of their books, as many as a half dozen or more. They still get excited about putting their next book out, too!
3. How do you keep your prices so low? A number of ways. The first is volume. We handle a lot of different projects, from big to large, including multiple-volume series, short stories, picture books, term papers, you name it. That allows us to pass along savings to every author. Also, we work with several publishers, which provides additional revenue. Finally, we know how tough it is to make money on a book, and we want to see you turn a profit. Keeping our editing prices low is both a practical and ideological decision.
4. What areas of editing do you focus on? We follow a ten-point plan: grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, sentence structure, facts, flow, story arc, character development, and voice. Click here to find out about our editing services.
5. What type of editing should I get? This depends on how comfortable you are with your work. We generally recommend getting a full content edit which includes the full ten points above. If you think your grammar and spelling are good, then you may just want a developmental edit; if you think your story and characters are good, you may just want a proofread. No matter what type of edit you need, you’re definitely going to want to get a proofread before you publish.
6. How long will it take to edit my book? That depends how long it is and how much work you need done. A picture book or term paper can often be done in a day, whereas a novel usually takes 2-3 weeks.
7. Do you edit nonfiction? All the time. Roughly 30% of the books we edit are nonfiction. The only difference is we include a $50 fact-checking fee for the extra time needed to verify certain information.
8. What editing style do you follow? We follow the Chicago Manual of Style, the real standard for the industry, for fiction and non-fiction. This applies to both fiction and non-fiction. For blog posts, articles, etc., We use AP Style, which we find much more Internet friendly, but is also frequently demanded by those outlets. For term papers or academic books, we generally use APA, unless instructed otherwise.
9. English is my second language. Can you still edit my book? Yes, absolutely. We work with non-native speakers all the time. There’s a real art to make sure your book works in English. And the best part is, we don’t charge you more!
10. Will you edit my book marketing material? Absolutely. In addition to editing your book, we can edit your book jacket, website content, author bio, you name it. Our founder worked in book marketing and can help you make your publicity efforts look professional.
11. I’m not tech savvy. Can you format for publishing, or even upload it to a site? Absolutely. We do this all for the time for aspiring authors. We can format your manuscript for print or ebooks, including the cover and interior photos. We can also upload your manuscript to publishing sites like Kindle Direct Publishing or Draft2Digital, filling out the proper information at every step. For more on this, please see out Editing Services page.
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