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Why Do I Need an Editor?
So you’re deep into a really good book, eagerly following the story line, when BAM! you run smack into a mistake in the text. Maybe the hero says he’s flying somewhere, then a few pages later he’s boarding a train. Or maybe the heroine’s silver Porsche inexplicably turns into a blue Mustang from one paragraph to the next.
Such things happen to even the best and most experienced authors. As a writer, you know by now that it’s easy to overlook errors in your own copy after writing and rewriting it for months or perhaps years. And, as a reader, you also know that nothing kills your interest in a good story more quickly than clashing details, misspelled words, unclear references, and other such mistakes that interrupt a reader’s concentration.
That’s why NewBookPublishing offers proofreading/editing services to ensure that errors in your original manuscript are not overlooked, and the smooth flow of ideas from you to your readers is uninterrupted. Our editors will never change your unique writing style or your story line, but they will tie up loose ends, correct typos and verb tenses, and do everything else it takes to make certain that nothing comes between your readers and your story. Our team of editors has an average of 21 years of editing experience EACH!
You’ve spent a lot of time and effort on the writing process, so let us give your book the final touches necessary to showcase the results of your hard work. Remember, NewBookPublishing is not only your publisher, but also your partner. Your success is our success, so we want to make sure your book has every advantage it needs to succeed in the marketplace. Look over How to Submit Manuscripts, then give us a call today to discuss submitting your manuscript to NewBookPublishing. We are ready to publish your book!
We offer professional editing services. Our editors are chosen for their experience and professional standards. Their attention to detail ensures that errors are not overlooked, and adds a final polish to your book without changing your unique writing style. An editor will look through your manuscript upon its submission, then do a Sample Edit of approximately 5-6 pages, to assist in the process of selecting a suitable level of copyediting service. Your Sample Edit will then be returned to you, so that you can review it to see how our editor would edit your entire manuscript. Along with your sample edit, we will also send your Manuscript Evaluation, in which our editor will provide our suggested editing level and the rationale for the suggested level. In the Manuscript Evaluation, our editor will also list the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript and any comments they have regarding it. This Sample Edit and Evaluation is free of obligation for our authors!
Level 1: Spelling, punctuation, ordinary capitalization, and spacing corrections. Having more than 5 small corrections per paragraph moves a manuscript up to the next service level.
Level 2: Level 1 plus: grammar (includes subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, etc.), gender neutrality, and abbreviations.
Level 3: Level 2 plus: usage, syntax, and paragraph transitions. Questions and suggestions are noted in the margins.
Level 4: Combines the above levels, plus: clarity, cadence/consistency (flow), sentence polishing, paragraph/chapter relocation, characterization, plot consistency, assistance with dialogue.
Turnaround time for delivery of the first proof will be agreed upon by both parties after an editor looks over the project and before the copyediting process begins.
Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word, double-spaced hard copy, typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman or Courier font, with 1.25” side margins. To see a full listing of our manuscript guidelines, please click here. For book-length manuscripts, we follow the Associated Press Style manual, but will be glad to utilize a client’s style book. We do not offer fact checking.