What kind of editing is right for your book?

Whether you’ve just finished your first draft or you’re ready to fine-tune your text, our editors will meet you where you are and help you get where you want to go.

And if you’re not sure where you are or what you need, don’t worry. We’ll help you figure it out. Just fill out the contact form to start the conversation. Anything you share will always remain between us.

Thinking about your book’s big picture?

 
 

Ready for a line-by-line polish?

 
 



Manuscript critiques

A manuscript critique takes a big-picture approach to your book. Via margin notes and a detailed editorial letter, we assess your craft, structure, and marketability and give you a revision road map. Better than a beta read, this is an especially useful approach if you’ve recently finished a draft and now feel like you can’t see the forest for the trees. You need clear, constructive feedback from an editor who understands your vision and who knows how to align your intentions with your reader’s expectations.

What we do:

• Perform a close, critical reading of your book

• Notate the manuscript with questions, comments, and suggestions

• Integrate feedback into a comprehensive editorial letter

• For nonfiction: Consider structure, flow, clarity of ideas, and strength of argument

• For fiction: Assess plot, characterization, pacing, theme, and tone

• Research comparable titles and offer suggestions for positioning or pitch

• Offer a revision road map

Time frame: 2-4 weeks

Need a more comprehensive approach? Consider developmental editing.

Need a different approach? Take another look at our services.



Developmental editing

Ideal for entrepreneurs, go-getters, thought leaders, and just plain busy people, developmental editing is an in-depth approach that involves reorganizing, expanding, and/or tightening content; strengthening transitions; and clarifying a central argument. Rather than giving you a revision road map to run with, we assess your book and review a plan with you, and then we get down to business by diving in and doing the heavy lifting we’ve discussed.

This approach includes several stages, with check-in points to make sure we’re on the same page along the way.

What we do:

• Consider your priorities and goals

• Analyze your book’s structure, argument, and audience

• Present you with a plan for revision

• Revise content based on the revision plan

• Give you multiple opportunities to offer feedback and make changes

• Deliver a redline-free text

Time frame: 1-4 weeks per stage

Need a different approach? Take another look at our services.



Copyediting

Let’s face it: spell-check can only take you so far, and what it doesn’t catch (read: a lot) can leave you exposed to bad reviews and agent rejections. To present a polished, professional text, copyediting is an absolute must. Especially if you’re planning to self-publish, this is one step you can’t do without.

A copyedit is a line-by-line approach that zeroes in on the three Cs: correctness, clarity, and consistency. We dig deep into mechanics like spelling, punctuation, syntax, and grammar, but preserve your voice and style. After all, what else makes your book uniquely yours?

For most books, we use the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster. We edit in Word using track changes and prepare a style sheet, which outlines how we’ve established consistency in your book. Ask us to send you a sample.

What we do:

• Catch spelling and punctuation errors

• Correct grammar and syntax issues

• Create consistency in how numerals are used

• Improve word choice and eliminate redundancy

• Ensure names and proper nouns are spelled consistently

• Lightly fact-check and query potential errors or timeline issues

• Confirm that your table of contents matches your chapter titles

Ours is a two-step process. After the initial copyedit, you have a chance to review the text and style sheet. Then we perform cleanup by streamlining the edits and ensuring that all queries have been addressed, so that the final manuscript we deliver to you is redline-free and ready for proofreading.

Time frame: 3-4 weeks

Looking for an approach that gives your language a little more TLC? Look to a line edit.

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Line editing

If you’re looking for a professional polish but also want to give your writing some extra oomph, a line edit is the way to go. Our approach is unique in that we take the same meticulous approach we do during copyediting—addressing mechanics like spelling, grammar, and punctuation—but we then go one step further by giving your line-by-line language a stand-out-in-a-crowd boost.

What we do:

• Perform a thorough copyedit

• Prepare a project style sheet

• Enhance line-by-line flow

• Tighten wordy passages

• Smooth out awkward constructions

Improve word choice and eliminate redundancy

Like copyediting, line editing is a two-step process. After the initial edit, you have a chance to review the text and style sheet. We then perform what’s called “cleanup” by streamlining the edits and ensuring that all queries have been addressed, so that the final manuscript we deliver to you is redline-free and ready for proofreading.

Time frame: 3-4 weeks

Need a different approach? Take another look at our services.



Proofreading

Think of proofreading as the last line of defense against typos and other sneaky snafus. Not to be confused with copyediting, proofreading is the final round of review before a book is ready for readers. A proofreader uses the style sheet created during copyediting as a guide and methodically makes her way through a manuscript, catching any lingering typos or inconsistencies along the way. Because a style sheet is so important to a proofreader’s process, we recommend this approach only for authors whose books have already been copyedited

For physical books (hardcover or paperback), proofreading once a manuscript has been formatted and designed, in a PDF, is the best way to catch layout issues as well as typos. For eBooks, this process can take place prior to formatting or in EPUB or MOBI files. We can also proof in Microsoft Word.

What we do:

• Ensure consistency with the style sheet

• Catch typos, stray punctuation, and spacing issues

• Identify formatting and design inconsistencies

• Double-check cross references

• Confirm consistent, sequential chapter titles and numbering
 
Time frame: 2-3 weeks

Need a different approach? Take another look at our services.



Book Production

If you’re planning to publish independently, you’ll have a lot of choices to make along the way: How will you price your book? What size and format will it be? Which tools will you use to self-publish? Who will design your jacket, format your interior, and help you tell the world about your work? How can you make your book look great and attract readers?

We’re here to make the process of self-publishing painless and to help you make your book stand out in a competitive marketplace. Our book production packages give you a clear path to publishing based on your specific goals and needs.

What we do:

• Consider your priorities, goals, and budget

• Help you assemble your publishing team: the best talent within your budget

• Function as the hub for your publishing team (designer, formatter, publicist, etc.)

• Create a project calendar with dates for specific deliverables

• Help you understand your options: which platform to use, how to price your book, etc.

• Traffic your project materials between your team members and ensure QA at each stage of the process

•Gather the essentials for self-publication: ISBNs, barcodes, etc.

• Polish your jacket and marketing copy

• Upload your finished book to your publishing platforms and help you distribute it

Ready for painless self-publishing?

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Book Proposal Development

You’ve got a great idea for a nonfiction book, but you’re not sure how to pitch it or who will be interested. Not to worry. We’ll help you develop a proposal that gives your book a competitive edge with agents and publishers.

What we do:

• Help you understand the key components of a proposal

• Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your idea

• Uncover your book’s unique value proposition: What makes it (and you) stand out?

• Define your target audience, competitive titles, and overall positioning

• Help you draft, develop, and revise proposal materials, including sample chapters

• Provide a final polish so your proposal is presented professionally

•Identify agents and publishers who welcome projects like yours

Need a different approach? Take another look at our services.