Lots of kids nowadays like to write.
It's easier then ever with the advent of word processors and help-write books.
Are you one of those young writers? If you are, you might keep your stories in
a secret folder on your computer, maybe letting your friends and grandma read
them. Everyone says they're great, but the question is: Are they great enough to be a real
Let us be the judge of that. Send
us a sample. We will evaluate your work for free and
give you an estimate. Our rates are low, but in
return, you get a thorough consideration of your book.
When your book is edited, it will
not only be examined for grammatical and spelling errors but also looked at from
a kid's point of view. Is your book entertaining? Does it keep the reader's attention?
If not, we'll suggest minor rewrites that will make it even more fun to read.
Editing isn't just an optional luxury,
either. Even the best authors will miss blatant mistakes and inconsistencies.
Even the smallest errors can turn away publishing company in-house editors, who
are trained to notice these small errors and toss potential books onto the 'discard'
aren't going to be patient with numerous mispellings,
puctuation errors, and problems with the plot. A book
has to be shined up so they can see their face in it
before they'll send it on up the line.
For an easily
affordable price, we can take a book and do the shining
that will catch the editor's eye. We do all genres,
from nonfiction, do-it-yourself, to poetry and fiction.
We edit books of all sizes and for all age groups. Be
it a pamphlet or a paperback, a picture book or a book
of fine poetry, we will edit it to perfection at an
But remember, no matter what, you
are the final authority. If we suggest a correction or a chapter rewrite, it's
up to you to accept it. After all, your name will be on the cover.
Fair and Honest Evaluation
We will truthfully, but gently, let you know what editing needs
to be done, and we will tell you honestly if we feel that you need a light copy
edit or a heavier developmental edit.
If you would like a review of your writing to determine the level
of editing and pricing,
a sample of your writing to:
Actual proofreading: not software spell checking. Proofreading involves
the identification and correction of typographical errors, punctuation errors,
misspellings, and formatting inconsistencies. It may also mean comparing two documents
-- covers the same areas, but may include grammar, word usage, capitalization,
word breaks, tone, and format.
-- (moderate to heavy) seeks to achieve clarity of subject,
logic, and consistency. Confusing and awkward writing
may be rewritten. Sentences are analyzed for structure/syntax.
Long sentences may be shortened or separated with appropriate
punctuation. Proofreading, copyediting, and substantive
editing often occur simultaneously.
FORMATTING -- When
required, style revisions will be suggested or implemented
(e.g., page numbers, margins, headings, spacing, indentations/paragraphs,
quotes, references, citations, footnotes/endnotes).
give us a call for further descriptions regarding various
levels of editing and our range of rates.
(You will find our rates to be surprisingly low.)
You will receive
two files of your edited work: one copy will show suggested changes using Microsoft
Word's suggestion feature, which
allows the writer to review and to either accept or reject any suggested edits.
The second copy will be "clean," with all changes incorporated. This
allows you to see all editorial suggestions from 2 points of view.
File 1 - Highlighted Edits
File 2 - Clean Copy
critique/analysis, fact-checking and research,
technical writing, cover design, typesetting,
page layout, custom art, illustration, graphic
design, web site design,
and self-publishing assistance.
Us Help You
can edit your writing: fiction or nonfiction, book manuscripts, query letters,
course assignments, articles, dissertations, newsletters... anything at all, or
we can create text for you based upon your specifications. We can also do research
for your projects. Regardless of the project, we can turn your writing into a
highly polished piece of work.
your wish to get your book into print quickly and we will have it highly polished.
We will work with you to achieve a book of which you will be proud. We will providing
the level of service you request, and promptly.
you ever been reading a book and you just couldn't picture
a character or scene? Illustrations can be a big help.
They don't need to be on every page. It's enough, even
in young adult and adult books, to have one illustration
in every chapter. Illustrations help the reader picture
what's going on; this helps the book make more sense
as well as entertains the reader.
do all kinds of illustrations, from black and white
to oil and watercolor. We can make a drawing look
childish or sharp, simple or detailed. Illustrations
can turn a book into a work of art. And of course,
for nonfiction, book illustration is essential,
whether photographic or hand drawn. If, for example,
you were writing a book about woodworking, how could
you not include plans and photos of the finished
product? Again, illustrations make the book more
Do you draw? If you have done a
few illustrations, we could touch them up or leave them as they are. Computer
programs nowadays are very sophisticated and can turn even a sketch into a good
illustration. However, if you don't have enough confidence in your skill, you
can at least do a basic sketch to let our illustrators know what you want.
Charts and diagrams are also sometimes
helpful. For example, say you write a pirate story in which the captain lays out
a complicated plan to attack the enemy. Even if well written, this can be confusing
if the reader can't picture the plan in his head. A small diagram - even made
to look like a treasure map - will clear up everything.
A well-written book with good illustration
is like two dancers, both dressed elegantly but neither
overshadowing the other. Working together, they perform
a delicate waltz that will grab the attention of publishing
house editors and future readers.
If you read enough,
you begin to notice that sometimes in books the typeset changes. Typeset is a
general term that means bold for importance, italics for emphasis,
ALL CAPITALS for volume, and font change
to make things interesting. Look at
the section below:
John picked up the letter. "This
is for me?" he asked his mother. She nodded, smiling, and with a grin
he tore it open.
John Baker, you presence is requested at the birthday
party of Sue Parker, at 8:00 Sunday evening. Please wear casual clothing.
John hugged his mother, then whooped
for joy. "ALL RIGHT!" he yelled.
Makes things interesting. Typesetting
also handles your whole book, deciding what general font and size would be most
appropriate. It handles where the page number and margins are placed, as well
as the arrangement of the first page of each chapter or section. A book without
typesetting would look more like a manuscript, but typesetting adds class and
a proffessional look.
always told you, "Don't judge a book by it's cover"',
but people shopping in Barnes and Noble will be doing
just that. Plus, before the book even gets to the reader,
it has to pass the publishing house editor. Catching
their eye is always the first step.
What's on the cover will depend
on what's in the book. Sometimes a picture of the main character is good, while
at other times the cover should just be a solid color with a design and the title.
A cover can be elaborate or simple, colorful or toned down, but it should attract
artist can pick appropriate text, illustration, and
main color so that the cover will attract attention.
And we don't just handle the front cover. The back is
just as important: do you have a short description of
the book, or maybe a picture of the author? Many factors
are important, but we can handle it. But remember, you
are the final judge. If you're not satisfied with the
cover, we'll redesign it until you like it.
Site and Web Page Design
famous authors these days have a website, with
short biographies, photos, and even an online
store where their books can be bought over the
Internet. We can design a site as big or small
as you like. All you have to supply is what text
you want, and what the pages are about.
Your website can have pretty much
anything you want on it. Also, we'll set up an e-mail account so that people can
send messages telling about how they like your book, want you to do a booksigning
in their town, or just want to send an e-mail to someone famous.
| This project included
a Web Site and 24 hand drawn pen & pencil illustrations for a book with a
computer colored cover.
Plus, a website will be a way to
get future work. You can put a virtual-resume on your site where publishers can
go to look at your work. They'll be impressed that you're already published and
that you have a working website.
You just might have a book that will make
you a lot of money, generate business for a publishing company, and entertain
a lot of people. Why are you just sitting on it? With that book you can do anything,
but the best thing would be to get a competent editor to polish it up so a publisher
will buy it. Who knows, you might be the next Anne McCaffery or William Shakespear!
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