Even though writing is a largely solitary pursuit, behind the scenes there are many people working to bring a book to life – and to market.
When do I need a writer?
If you are not an experienced writer, or if you are tackling an unfamiliar genre, working with a writer will enable you to communicate more clearly, effectively and powerfully.
When do I need an editor?
Accomplished writers know it is vital to engage an editor to refine and sharpen work before submitting it for publication. Depending on the scope of your project, you may decide to consult with an editor when you are in the planning stages of your work, during your writing process, or as you ready your work for submission to an agent or publisher for consideration. Whether your work is short or long-form, fiction or nonfiction, it will benefit from professional editing.
What type of editing does my work need?
Editors provide a wide range of services.
A line editor or copy editor will review your manuscript, line by line, for grammatical errors, inconsistencies and word usage, then return the manuscript to you, marked up with corrections. This step is essential before you submit your work for publication; even small errors can mean rejection because publishers will not spend the time or resources to correct an author’s errors.
A developmental editor will assist you with “big picture” issues, such as structure, scope and content, and provide you with written feedback on the manuscript and with an accompanying detailed editorial letter.
A project editor can help you put together an anthology or collection of shorter works by either an individual author or multiple contributors.
Your editor will identify problems and provide solutions that can dramatically improve your work – and your chances of getting it published.
When do I need a publisher?
Radical changes in the publishing industry mean more opportunities than ever – but also more confusion. Traditional publishing, self-publishing, print on demand; each of these has advantages and disadvantages. Many authors pursue traditional publication through an established company or “house.” But other authors choose to undertake self-publishing as a means to control everything from content to design and distribution. If you are considering self-publishing, an experienced publisher will help you navigate the logistical, production and financial waters to make the most of your book’s potential.
What about fees?
Fees vary, depending on the level of detail work your writing needs and the scope of your project. Many writers discover that after consulting with an expert, even for a few hours, they can focus better, gain momentum and make great progress toward completion of a satisfying and successful book or writing project.
Do you offer writing workshops for groups?
Yes. Contact me for more information.
Are you an agent? How and when can I get an agent?
I am not an agent. Getting an agent is an important step in bringing a book project to the commercial marketplace. While some publishers will consider work submitted directly from authors, the vast majority do not. There are resources online and in print form, such as the Literary Market Place books, to help you locate an agent for your work. Several popular websites are http://www.agentquery.com/ and http://www.writers.net/.