So you wrote a book? Congratulations!
There are few things more exciting than finally seeing your hard work on the page and typing that final “The end.”
But after you write your draft, you might be wondering…now what?
If you dream of holding your printed book in your hands, or even of making a living with your writing someday, then making sure your writing is as good as it can be is important.
Actually, it’s not just important. It’s essential.
If you want to proudly send your book out into the world, hiring a professional editor is the best way to make that happen.
Books that haven’t been professionally edited can suffer from spelling and grammar errors, poor pacing, confusing organization, and other issues that cause readers to toss a book in the Did Not Finish pile, or to give it a poor review.
But good quality books–those books that you can’t stop thinking about and that you want to read over and over–are the books that attract a devoted readership and stick in our memories forever.
So if you dream of writing someone’s favorite book…
Or of growing your readership…
Or even of making a living as a writer someday…
Then it’s time to work with an editor and make your manuscript the best that it can be.
But wait! Can’t I just edit my book myself?
In short, no.
As writers, we’re too close to our work to look at it objectively.
It’s hard to see plot holes when your whole story is in your head; likewise, spelling and grammar errors go undetected when you as the writer know what you’re trying to say. Writers also tend to rely on certain expressions that readers will find repetitive, and it can be hard to know whether your writing all makes sense to someone without your particular knowledge.
These are just a few examples of what an editor will see when editing your manuscript.
By working with an editor, you can fix all of those issues that you’re too close to see, so that you can confidently publish your book and share it with others.
I believe that everyone has a story to tell, and my dream is for everyone who wants to write a book to be able to proudly share it with the world.
Are you ready to share your book with the world? I offer free 1,000-word sample edits for writers who are ready to make their work shine.
How Does it Work?
So how does the editing process work? Let’s break it down into six simple steps:
- Submit an inquiry form
The first step in the process is to fill out the inquiry form. I’ll ask for information about your project, your genre, and what your goals are for the book. I’ll get in touch with you after reviewing your submission.
- Samples, consultation, and quote
After reviewing your submission, I’ll ask for a sample and provide sample edits for line editing and copy editing. We’ll also schedule a free consultation call to discuss your project. (If you want to! If Zoom isn’t your jam, I’m happy to correspond over email, or whatever works best for you.)
If we both want to move ahead, we’ll schedule your project, discuss the payments, and sign a contract.
- Let the work begin!
I’ll start work on your book in Microsoft Word, using the Track Changes feature and marginal comments. I’ll also include end-of-chapter notes and an editorial letter or custom style sheet. My “office” has an open door, and I’m happy to answer any questions you might have along the way.
- Return your manuscript to you
Once the edits are complete, I’ll return your manuscript and any supplementary materials like editorial letters or style sheets.
- Schedule a follow-up call (if you want to!)
If you have follow-up questions while you’re working on your revisions, I’m happy to schedule a 30-minute follow-up call about two weeks after returning your manuscript.
Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? If so, click the button below to get your free 1,000 word sample edit.
All that being said, I know that the thought of working with an editor can be dauting. It’s a huge step to let someone else read a piece of writing that you’ve been working on for so long.
When I was getting ready to send the first part of my fantasy novel to my editor, my hand hovered over the Send button for a moment as questions flooded my mind.
What if it’s not good enough?
What if they tell me that I’m bad?
What if my book is nothing but problems?
As an author myself, I totally get all of these fears.
That’s why as an editor, I don’t merely make corrections to your book; I cheer you on and help you make your book into the best piece of art it can be, with a focus on helping you become stronger writer in the process.
Working with an editor is the best way to invest in your writing and make your manuscript shine. So if you’re ready to level up your writing, click the button below to start your journey.