Having one of our editors polish your manuscript will reduce the number of mistakes that diminish readability and the overall quality of the book, such as incorrect grammar, persistent typos, difficult-to-follow content, incomplete story arcs, and inconsistent punctuation. Using correct and coherent language is critical for getting positive book reviews, gaining media attention, and increasing the chances of your book being considered by bookstores and publishing companies. If a book isn’t readable, it isn’t marketable.
Before you invest time and money on copy editing, have one of our experienced editors assess your manuscript for strengths and weaknesses. Your editor will read thoroughly and put together a comprehensive report that includes suggestions for improving the overall content, sample copy editing, a list of manuscript key words, an analysis of the target audience, and a recommendation
Basic Copy Editing
Basic Copy Editing is strongly recommended for all writers. In order to achieve a marketable level of readability, editing may include corrections for grammar, word usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style such as flow, formatting, and syntax. The editor working with your manuscript will make changes directly to the text, with track changes or without depending on your preference.
Advanced Copy Editing
Advanced Copy Editing is necessary for all manuscripts that require extensive corrections and restructuring. Editing may include corrections of grammar, word usage, internal consistency, and other mechanics of style such as flow, formatting, and syntax. The editor working with your manuscript will make changes directly to the text, with track changes or without depending on your preference.
Our editors will address different issues for different genres: For fiction titles, they will focus on the quality and quantity of details, tension, theme development, consistency of storyline, characters, and dialogue. For nonfiction titles, our editors will focus on the flow of ideas, overall quality of style, factual errors, as well as source usage and citations.
Once your manuscript has been copy and content edited, it is important to have one of our editors perform a word-by-word final pass of your manuscript before your book goes into production. They will look for missing words, misspellings and correct capitalization, typos, and other mistakes that often slip past spell-check unnoticed. They will also do a visual check for formatting issues, such as incorrect word breaks, and heading and line spacing. This will ensure that the layout of your book is consistent.
Citations for Nonfiction
Nonfiction books like biographies, memoirs, textbooks, and travel books have references that need to be cited. Whether these references come from other books, YouTube videos, scientific studies, or an interview, they must be cited correctly to maintain intellectual integrity and avoid plagiarism. We offers assistance with citations formatted by the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style, as well as MLA and APA styles.