Editing

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The biggest difference between a rinky-dink self-published book and a professionally published book can be seen in the quality and rigor of the editorial phase. Packaging can be slick, but if the content doesn’t read well, doesn’t make sense, or is rife with errors, a reader will drop the book faster than a chicken drops a hot pebble.

So after you’ve honed your idea and written your first draft, the next step is editing.

For your words to connect most powerfully with the reader, they have to be as clear and error-free as possible. That’s why most professionally published books go through at least four rounds of editing.

First and most important is the developmental edit. This is the “big picture” edit focusing on the structure and quality of ideas–-how they are presented, which stories they should tell and where in the book they should appear, and if the book’s internal structure is logically consistent.

The second edit is the line edit, which is often done in conjunction with the developmental edit. Working sentence by sentence, the editor and author make sure right words have been chosen, that their rhythm in the sentence is pleasing, and that basic syntax and grammar are correct.

Copyediting is the third editing step. This is more specialized; the editor goes through the manuscript with a fine-tooth comb, correcting inconsistencies in wording and grammar and checking to see that the text’s references and permissions are complete and formatted correctly.

The fourth edit is the proofreading pass. By this point, the manuscript will be in good shape, but perhaps not quite perfect. Proofreaders make sure every period, comma, em-dash, and quotation mark is used correctly. They will catch what everyone else has missed. To be as clean as possible, a manuscript will need to be proofread twice and sometimes as many as four times.

Our passion is to make your words sing and be as perfect as they can be.

Developmental and line editing are $12/page (together).

Copyediting is $4.5/page.

Proofreading is $4.5/page.

Indexing is $4/page.

While the final stages of editing are being completed, it’s time to start designing the cover and interior of your book.

While the final stages of editing are being completed, it’s time to start designing the cover and interior of your book.

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