Editorial services

Content Editing

This is the first of two main steps in manuscript editing. Content editing addresses and offers suggestions on global content issues in the manuscript rather than technical issues. This includes tone, repetition, unclear points, need for additional content as well as deletion of unnecessary content, and whether the target audience is being adequately addressed and the goals of the author are being met.

Also addresses similar content questions in front matter, e.g., copyright page, foreword, preface and introduction. Some manuscripts are in great need of this super-thorough stage of editing and others can skip right to copy editing. Our staff can give you an unbiased opinion if you ask.

Copy Editing

This is the final editing step and happens before we begin interior design and layout. Includes basic technical editing tasks, such as checking for grammar, usage, organization and consistency, along with thorough attention to style, consistency and accuracy of annotations, bibliography, text citations.

Because we care greatly about the quality of your book, working with a professional editor is a required step if we’re producing your book. You really don’t want to see what happens if you skip it. It’s not pretty.

Proofreading

Check for typographical errors, misspelled words, punctuation, consistent style elements, and other basic errors. This happens after the interior has gone through layout, but before indexing. It’s your last chance to check for errors before going to press.

Indexing

Creation of high-quality, concise index structured to accurately reflect the book’s contents. Don’t do a non-fiction title without one—it freaks out some booksellers enough to reject the book. Done as the last step before sending the book to press.

Ghost Writing

No, this is not a supernatural phenomenon, although it may seem like it when you receive your manuscript! If you’re unsure of your writing skills or just don’t have time to write, this is the trick to getting it done. Working closely with you to get the facts and/or story, the ghostwriter—who generally remains anonymous to the public—will interview you, write your initial manuscript, and may even contribute to the research behind it.