Visual elements — Will you include charts? Watercolors? Furry animal photos?
Table of contents and length — Sections and their names; intended page count...
Distribution — Self-publish or hunt for a publisher? Hard copy or electronic?
Congrats on finishing your first draft! Now, it’s time to take a good look at your work and ensure it has:
A clear narrative arc
A strong opening
Lively, convincing characters
A smooth flow, from start to finish
An unexpected message — and lots of heart
A killer-whale ending
Your masterpiece is coming together! We’ll now hone in on the details, line by line, to make sure nothing’s jumping out of the page, and:
Your voice is consistent
Dialogue rings true
Word choices are just so
People and places come to life
Transitions keep the story gliding along
Whatever the next step of your writing journey may be — and the next, and the next — we’ll take it alongside you. While you write, we will:
Consult with you on a regular basis to help you resolve questions, refine your plan — and keep you moving forward!
Assess your draft at key points along the way, to help you steer a steady course
In the last stage of editing, we go all in, to make sure your manuscript is shipshape! We’ll:
Ensure your text follows a consistent style throughout
Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar miss-takes
Verify facts (proper names, dates, places, etc.)
Suggest a word here, and a tweak there — make the text scintillate!
When a writing project has been laid out and the print files are ready to roll, it’s time for a final, detailed check. We proofread your text to avoid typos and other errors that can occur during the final editing and layout phases. There are several layers of proofreading:
Print files vs. the author’s latest version
Spelling errors and bad word breaks
Consistent typeface and fonts
Numbering and pagination
Illustrations, tables, and captions
Conformity with the design specifications and page text alignment
Syntactical errors — illogical, repeated, or missing text