FAQs

New Author Ad Meg Xumei XHere are some questions I get all the time, but if you don’t see yours here, email me at info@newauthorcopyediting.com.

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. I’m no different. I 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? Yes. If you look at the list of books I’ve edited recently, you’ll notice that some authors have let me 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. I 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 me to pass along savings to every author. Also, I work with several publishers, which provides additional revenue. Finally, I know how tough it is to make money on a book, and I 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? I 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. I 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 you 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 one day, whereas a novel usually takes 7-10 days.

7. Do you edit nonfiction? All the time. Roughly 30% of the books I edit are nonfiction.

8. Will you edit my book marketing material? Absolutely. In addition to editing your book, I can edit your book jacket, website content, author bio, you name it. I’ve worked in marketing – including book marketing – and can help you make your publicity efforts look professional.

Whatever you’ve written, I can help you revise it.

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