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Submitting to
a publisher?
Self-publishing? Completing
a thesis?
Publishers receive hundreds of publishable manuscripts each day; they have little need to work with authors on manuscripts that are merely promising. Don't send publishers a mere draft, when you can take advantage of:
  • developmental editing to ensure your manuscript is completely ready before you submit
  • copy editing to identify and elminate minor errors that might otherwise distract an acqusition editor — or which might slip by entirely if your publisher offers only limited editorial support
  • editing of cover letters & synopses — avoid common errors that might stop an acquisition editor reading even the first page
  • Going it alone? Don't sacrifice these key services formerly provided by publishers:
  • professional copy editing of your manuscript ensures that minor errors do not detract from your readers' enjoyment
  • developmental editing ensures that your manuscript is ready for publication — push yourself further, deeper to produce the best novel / story collection of which you are capable
  • Uncertain if your manuscript is ready for publication? Have your manuscript professionally appraised by an objective professional
  • Uncertain if anyone will buy or review a self-published book? Professional editing adds another layer of branding and increases buyer confidence
  • Working on a creative writing thesis or literary criticism in SF or fantasy? Not getting enough or the right advice from your thesis advisor? Get ethical help from a developmental editor:
  • objective 3rd party review of your manuscript from someone who understands your genre
  • get help interpreting and responding to advisor input from someone who understands academia
  • get help managing your relations with your advisor and committee
  • organize your efforts to fast-track post-graduation publication of your thesis
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    Last Updated May 2014