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Just for Authors - Author Services

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services offered
developmental consulting

The first half hour is free.

  1. If you're still in the idea stage: I'll listen, help you clarify your audience and goals, then we'll discuss ways you might proceed - how best to tell a story or present a non-fiction work, format and publication options, etc.

  2. If you have already started writing, send me whatever you've finished with a synopsis or outline of the whole - as well as a note specifying your intended audience and goals. I'll read the notes first, edit the first few pages, then write up suggestions and options. If it's ready for editing, I'll provide you with an estimate for my editing services.


Editing and proofing are usually done via email with .doc or .docx files attached. Alternate methods may be arranged. There are different levels of editing.

  • Comprehensive Editing: Also known as Substantive Editing, this looks at structure, content, and presentation. Have you achieved clarity and consistency? Does the story work? What might make it better? Is it suitable for the intended audience? You'll get specific comments and suggestions for revision. While Copy Editing is not the focus at this point, any noticed minor errors will be corrected as well.

  • Copy Editing: Also known as Line Editing or Mechanical Editing, this is for manuscripts that have been refined based on feedback from a comprehensive editor and/or critique groups. These manuscripts are nearly ready for publication. Copy Editing includes details such as correction of spelling, grammar, consistency, accuracy, and checking adherence to the appropriate style guide. Changes will be tracked so you can see each. If a continuity or similar problem is noticed, a comment will be provided, but that is not the focus.

  • Proofing: This is the final level of edit on a polished manuscript, usually in the publishing format, checking primarily for typos and consistency in format. This should be done by a fresh set of eyes - someone who hasn't been working with the manuscript.

Send me whatever you've finished with a synopsis or outline of the whole - as well as a note specifying your intended audience and goals. I'll read the notes first, edit the first few pages, then write up suggestions and options and provide you with an estimate for editing services. This estimate is provided free of charge.



As a Book Shepherd for those who choose to self-publish, I coach authors through manuscript preparation and the publication process. This includes any or all of the following:

  • Editing as needed.

  • Formatting interior for publication per industry standards (print and/or eBook formats).

  • Free worksheets offering guidance and instructions (with screenshots) to help you through each step in the self-publication process.

  • Additional help in following those instructions or other related work.

  • Cover design or assistance in designing your own if desired.

  • Image preparation and insertion. (Images need to be high resolution and different modes for print and eBooks.)

Samples of books I've helped bring to publication are at the top of this page.

Co-authoring or ghostwriting

As a co-author or ghostwriter, I work with you to develop your fiction or non-fiction project into a manuscript.


controlling your cost

The more polished your manuscript is before going to any editor, the less time they'll need to read and provide notes. A good comprehensive edit may still provide key suggestions.

  • I recommend finding a good critique group (libraries or bookstores can often help you with this). Good feedback will let you know where the manuscript is not working, where readers become confused or bored. The author always makes the final decision, but if you hear similar comments from multiple sources, your manuscript most often has a problem. Revise!

  • If you are doing non-fiction, make sure you've got all the information you need for citations. That includes author, title, publisher (and their location), publication date, page numbers used overall and specific pages for anything quoted. Make sure direct quotes are clearly shown as such and avoid careless rewording of large tracks of text (aka plagiarizing).

  • If you are including foreign language and/or names that require spell-checking and/or accents, you might lower your cost by providing a list of those for the editor to use as reference. While they'll check your list, they won't have to create it.


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