Finishing your book is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Imagine the feeling of holding your book in your hands, and your pride in knowing that it is exactly as you envisioned.
Good copy editing is an exacting process that focuses on the details and mechanics of written language. The Chicago Manual of Style points out that copy editing “requires attention to every word in a manuscript,” in a thorough review of structure, format, style, grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation.
Mechanical editing involves a review of every aspect of the book:
• Typographical errors
• Clarity, logic, and meaning
• Organization of the text
• Consistent style
• Heading structure, format, and flow
• Correct spelling and punctuation
• Attention to grammar, syntax, and usage
• Capitalization, hyphenation, abbreviations, and numbering
• Clear labeling of tables and illustrations
• Formatting footnotes, references, and citations
• Editing graphs and tables
• Marking up the copy for a typesetter
• Formatting copy to be published electronically or as an ebook
• Handling permissions
Editing may include preparing an electronic file according to the “house style” of a particular publisher, or the requirements of a specific medium. Currently, books submitted to Kindle, Nook, or iPad all require different formatting, as do pdfs and books submitted to conventional publishers.
Working with a good editor enables you to concentrate on your vision, rather than consuming your time with the nuts and bolts of publishing.
No one but you knows the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into your book – the late nights and the headaches. Now you’re wondering if you’ve missed anything.
Is it actually ready to send to the publisher?
Clearly you want your book to be the very best that it can be, a book you’ll be proud to put your name on.
Wouldn’t it be a shame to let all that work go to waste for lack of a good edit?
This is the time to hire a skilled editor.
Even if you’re self-publishing, your manuscript needs professional editing if you want your readers to take you seriously. Of course, you could release your book now and enter the brave new world of publishing. But imagine how it would feel if you find that your book is laced with typos or errors in grammar?
Publishers always bring in a copyeditor before going to press. No exceptions. This work is done by professionals, trained in the rules of grammar and the conventions of publishing.
That’s where we come in. We’ve edited and coauthored books published by Adams Media, Alpha/Penguin, Aspen Publishers, Bay Tree Publishing, Celestial Arts, Harper/Quill, Healing Arts, Hunter House, Jones & Bartlett, Lightening Source, McGraw-Hill, Mosby, New Harbinger, New World Library, and North Atlantic.
We’ll give you and your book the same careful attention we give authors with New York publishers.
Sometimes a book requires a more in-depth approach – this is considered substantive or developmental editing.
An in-depth edit involves a closer look at organization, meaning, style, or wording. Since this type of editing may include rewriting or reorganization, it’s always done before copy editing begins.
You want an editor who will work with you and your book with skill, sensitivity, and commitment. We believe in emphasizing the positive. Rather than criticism, we offer positive feedback that will help you identify your greatest strengths and your best work.
Deciding which approach is most ideal for your book…
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Our commitment to your success…
We are committed to the excellence and success of every book. As our client, your project becomes our highest priority. We draw the best from you as an author, identifying your finest work and highlighting your insight, your vision, and your message. The effectiveness of this approach is reflected in recognition for a book-of-the-year and five-star ratings on Amazon.com.
What our clients are saying…
“We hired the Writers’ Group for an important project. The results were exceptional — far
beyond anything we had hoped for.”
David Cole, CEO, Bay Tree Publishing
“It’s always great working with you.
Your suggestions, insight, and direction are fantastic!”
Albert Oppedisano, PhD, Forensic Psychologist, Author
“Nancy is incredibly meticulous in her work. I can’t overemphasize her consistent quality of output. You will have a terrific book.”
Ricki Pollycove, MD, MS, Physician, Author
“The Writers’ Group provides far more than simply editing – they are superb mentors and writing coaches.”
Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, Department Chair, CIIS, and Bestselling Author