TAILORED BOOK EDITING SERVICES


On this page you'll find out more about WordsArt's nonfiction editorial services and my approach to editing.   


Tailor-Made Editing - I like to tailor my editing services to your individual needs.  Every manuscript requires different attention and no one editorial approach is suited to all.  By "tailor-made editing" I mean that I work with authors not only to identify and help produce whatever their manuscripts need that satisfies their purpose for the book, but I also work with them in the manner that suits them and their projects best.  In short, I always try to perceive the actual book and author in front of me and evaluate what the manuscript actually needs to achieve polished excellence and marketability.  The most usual types of editing services are described on my Rate Sheet (page 2 of the Project Info Sheet). 


What I'm Aiming For - I feel an editor should have the ability to understand the author's vision, recognize the book's current condition, see what can be improved, and communicate or implement the solutions. No matter what level of editing you request, I aim to help you organize and craft your book into the type of book you want it to be and the best book it can be.  It should measure up to the standards of excellence of its subject area - and its readers.  While I make corrections, preserving your personal style and voice is vital.  It should read like you wrote it.  So I try to work with each project according to your individual needs and circumstances rather than using any rote editing formula.   


A Comprehensive View - In my Comprehensive Editing service, I look at much more than grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.  I consider many aspects of your manuscript and its content.  Are the style and tone appropriate for its purpose and intended readers?  Are there any gaps or errors in logic, research or presentation that make your discussion hard to follow? Do paragraphs and chapters flow smoothly from one to the next?  Are each of its parts, large and small, in the best sequence?  And of course I check for grammatical or stylistic problems to be corrected.  These are just a few of many elements I look at. 


I Won't Fix it if it Isn't Broken - I won't automatically tear your manuscript into pieces and reconstruct it from scratch.  But I will look at it from many angles to make sure any problems are caught and it's the best book it can be. 


Working Arrangements -Each author's working style, personality and preferences point toward at least slightly different styles of editorial assistance, one to the next.  So we will also discuss our working arrangements to find the method and rhythm that suit you best.  Many solutions are possible in selecting how to approach a manuscript.  If, for example, time is short and my client is not a professional writer, I will do more revision and rewriting for him than I would for an experienced author.  If there is a deadline, I can email an author with regular updates so she is always aware of her book's progress.  This keeps her confidence level high and ensures she is a vital part of the process.   

As another example, venerable Warner Brothers "Golden Age" film director Vincent Sherman consulted me on a portion of his autobiography, Studio Affairs: My Life as a Film Director.  I had suggested a rewrite of one chapter and he phoned me, enthusiastic about us meeting so he could give me his rewrite in response to my notes (suggestions).  While this terminology and type of meeting is common in the film industry, I hadn't expected it, being used to telephone conferences.  But that was the way Mr. Sherman was used to working, and I was happy to oblige - not to mention charmed at the alacrity with which he reversed his accustomed directorial role to "taking," rather than "giving," the notes.


Communication - To work effectively with you, I try to communicate in a way you can understand and agree with.  I like to use email or the phone as frequently as necessary while working on your project to make sure I have all the information I need to do a great job for you.  Sometimes it's necessary to contact you to resolve questions as they arise.  But usually I write questions and suggestions right in the manuscript for you to consider and handle during your review.  In all cases, I try to present questions and comments in a positive way so that the entire process can be enlightening and enjoyable for us both.


Developmental Editing - Many of my clients are experts and professionals who wish to share their their know-how, ideas or expertise with others.  I can work with them to develop and refine their rough draft, outlines or notes into polished, marketable books. If you want help developing your book, I will adapt our working style to suit your preferences and degree of writing skill, and will guide you if you need to provide further material or research.

 

Types of Nonfiction Accepted - In general I accept manuscripts written for "trade nonfiction" - meaning books written for the general public, or categories of the general public, that are intended to be sold commercially.  I do not work on academic, technical, scientific or mathematical material.  Please refer to the Books Edited and Published page to see the books I have edited.


How to Get Started - Click on the How to Get Started page to learn about my free itial consultation and how to proceed.

On this page you'll find out more about WordsArt's editorial services and how we work together.  My editorial assistance is tailored to your individual needs. 


WHAT I'M AIMING FOR - To visualize your book in its ideal form, understand its current condition, see what can be improved and let you know the solutions.  I can help you craft your manuscript into an interesting, complete, well-organized, compelling book whose quality jumps off the page. 


A COMPREHENSIVE VIEW - I look at much more than grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.  I consider every aspect of your manuscript and its content.  Are the style and tone appropriate for its purpose and intended readers?  Are there any gaps or errors in logic, research or presentation that make your discussion hard to follow? Do paragraphs and chapters flow smoothly from one to the next?  Are each of its parts, large and small, in the best sequence?  These are just a few of many elements I look at. 


I WON'T FIX IT IF IT ISN'T BROKEN - I won't automatically tear your manuscript into pieces and reconstruct it from scratch.  But I will look at it from many angles to make sure it's the best book it can be - while preserving your personal style and voice. 


TAILOR-MADE EDITING - Every manuscript needs a different amount of work.  The varying focus and skills of authors make each manuscript different, so that, for example, a beautifully written film history by a Yale graduate may still require heavier editing than a practical guide for musicians written in casual language.  I look at what your manuscript actually needs that satisfies your purpose for the book.  We will also discuss our working arrangement to find the method and rhythm that suits you best - some people want to do any rewriting needed themselves and consult with me on the sequence of the chapters, while others wish me to make minor revisions which they will then review.  The most usual working arrangements are reflected on my Rates page.


DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING - Many of my clients are experts and professionals who wish to share their their know-how, ideas or expertise with others.  I work with them to develop and refine their rough draft, outlines or notes into polished, marketable books. If you want help developing your book, I will adapt our working style to suit your preferences and degree of writing skill, and will guide you if you need to provide further material or research.


COMMUNICATION - I like to use email or the phone as frequently as necessary while working on your project to make sure I have all the information I need to do a great job for you.  Sometimes it's necessary to contact you to resolve questions as they arise. However, usually I write questions and suggestions right in the manuscript for you to consider and handle later, during your review.  In all cases, I try to present questions and comments in a positive way so that the entire process can be as enlightening and enjoyable as possible for us both.

 

TYPES OF NONFICTION ACCEPTED - In general I take on manuscripts written for "trade nonfiction" - different segments of the general public that are intended to be sold commercially.  I do not work on academic, technical, scientific or other scholarly works or treatises.  You can refer to the Book Credits page to see the types of books I have edited.


HOW TO GET STARTED - Click on the How to Get Started page to learn about my free initial consultation and how to proceed.