Due to ignorance and our experiences at the local bookstore, most have a completely distorted view of how it all works. The digital age has breathed new life into indie, or self-publishing, and thousands upon thousands are taking advantage of great new tools. But, a manuscript must be ready...
I’m often asked what is involved in writing and publishing a book. Due to ignorance and our experiences at the local bookstore, most have a completely distorted view of how it all works. The digital age has breathed new life into indie, or self-publishing, and thousands upon thousands are taking advantage of great new tools. But, a manuscript must be ready for publication. How does it read? Are there spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes? Does the story flow smoothly? Is your research accurate and documented? Can you legally use the quotes or pictures you plan to use? All these are questions that must be addressed before publishing your book, and there are many more. So, how do you get started?
Here's how the process usually works. We complete a non-disclosure agreement to protect your intellectual property. Then, I review the file or files you have to get an idea of how to structure a book, what to include, etc. and give you some suggestions on how to proceed. At that point, you can decide to continue, and we can discuss whether you will write more yourself, or I will become your ghostwriter to fill in sections and complete an actual manuscript. Included in that process will be copy editing, looking for such things as spelling, grammar, punctuation, word usage, and sentence structure. Every step of the process, and every change, revision, or suggestion I make, is approved by you. When you are completely satisfied with the manuscript, I can also assist you with formatting the file for eBook or print formatting, to prepare for publication.
My fees are based on how much work is required and how much material we are preparing for publication.
- Basic proofreading is the cheapest. This is for writers who have a fully-prepared manuscript and only want a second (or even third) set of experienced eyes to check for spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. before submitting the work for publishing.
- Copy (or line) editing is the next level. This involves going through the manuscript line by line and correcting spelling, word usage, punctuation, sentence structure, and overall readability. It is a thorough and time-consuming process and involves more work than simple proofreading. Therefore, the fee is somewhat higher.
- Developmental editing is the heavy level. This is for the writer who needs someone to arrange their mass of material into a workable manuscript or coach them along the writing process. Sometimes the developmental editor becomes a ghostwriter for the author; other times the writer prefers to do their own writing but needs expert guidance. This is a long process of cooperation and interaction between the editor and the author. Months. And the fee is set according to the level of assistance the writer needs.
- Formatting is preparing how the completed manuscript will appear on the page, whether electronic or in print. eBooks and printed material are formatted differently, and depend on the author’s desires and planned method of publication. I charge a set fee for either type (or both) and can suggest avenues of publication and promotion.
So, there it is; simple, right? Well, not exactly, but that’s why I’m available to walk you through each step of the process. Is that old project you started still lying around under an inch of dust? Do you have a dream of publishing your own novel, memoir, book of poetry, etc.? Email me and let’s take a look at your material, see what you need, and how we can proceed!