A-1 Freelance Book Editors: Novel and Nonfiction Manuscript Editing, Critiques, and Book Doctor Services
Welcome Creative Writers!
A-1 Welcomes Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction of All Skill Levels
We can proofread or copyedit your manuscript (from light editing to a heavy developmental edit, as needed), or we can provide a critique that results in a road map to guide you in your revision of the book. We can also book doctor your creative writing, providing you with a finished manuscript. In short, our professional writers and editors will deliver the level of service your creative writing needs.
Flexible Editors, Book Doctors, Mentors, Ghostwriters. . .
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For All Your Fiction and Nonfiction Manuscript Needs. . .
- line editing
- substantive / developmental / content editing
- stylistic editing (without changing your distinctive voice)
- manuscript critique (the detailed roadmap to help you revise)
- book doctoring
- ghostwriting in any genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, autobiography)
- writing consulting (our consultants can help you find your voice and create great fiction and nonfiction)
Our association with Writer Network Consortium also means we can help self-publishing authors, publishers, and businesses find the right pre-press freelance assistance. Contact us for more information regarding the following services and the appropriate layout or design professional will be in touch shortly to provide an in-depth explanation of their services and a price quote:
- typesetting/compositing/layout in the appropriate program files required by your print-on-demand company
- book cover design (from the simple to the extraordinary)
- ftp text and cover file uploads to your print-on-demand account
- conversion to all digital formats: PDF, LRF, MOBI, EPUB, PDB, etc.
- ebook layout and design
- desktop publishing services
- website design (from simple author promotion and book promotion sites to complete book selling solutions)
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Experienced Fiction and Nonfiction Editors, Superior Service, Quick Turnarounds. . .
For your peace of mind, we provide a service agreement outlining the particulars of your contracted editorial, writing, book doctor, critique, and mentoring services (with an "out" clause should the facts of your life change sufficiently to require we discontinue the work). Your work and our agreement always remain confidential.
This Week's FAQ
Many services treat every writing project exactly the same, regardless of what that project needs. I can only assume that the editors at such services spend the same amount of time on each writer's book, regardless of whether the manuscript needs proofreading or a heavy developmental edit. In truth, each book manuscript requires a specific level of attention rather than fitting neatly into some category (as some editorial services seem to assume), and a sample edit allows A-1's novel and non-fiction book editors to determine the appropriate level of service and therefore to offer an appropriate price quote.
A sample edit also allows the writer to see clearly what A-1's services will do for his or her project (all samples are returned in two formats: with the tracking changes feature turned on, so the writer can see each change clearly, and with changes accepted to allow the author to read the manuscript in clean copy). You have worked too hard on your book to settle for less as regards qualifications and ability in the editing service you choose than you would expect from your auto mechanic. You want the best, not just some guy with a wrench who claims to have the requisite skills. Likewise, if you choose an editor based on price alone, without seeing what that editor can do for your particular manuscript, you will be disappointed. The demonstrated quality in the sample edit, in combination with price, should be any writer's standard of measure.
Notes on the Pitfalls Facing First-time Authors
In other words, the Internet and other advances in technology have provided many options to authors beyond the traditional print deal, but the pitfalls have grown exponentially as well. For example, we are frequently asked for a sample critique and/or edit and price quote by authors who admit that a so-called literary agency sent them in search of these services. Such a request should raise a caution flag for writers. We are unaware of any legitimate request for such services on the part of an agent, who should either take a project or reject it outright. If a so-called agent has requested that you seek such services, the explanation for what is really afoot is available here: http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/ The bottom line is that you must do your homework before trusting anyone with your book manuscript.
Likewise, although print-on-demand technology represents a new opportunity for publishing your book, some unsavory companies take advantage of novice writers. Again, you must do your homework. However, choosing from among the many honest print companies entails due diligence as well. A wide variety of services and publication packages are available, and finding the right company with the right prices and services for your book requires investigating your options thoroughly.
Creative Writing Help is Just a Click Away: Professional Book Editing Services
Payment for editorial services can be made via PayPal.com.
Other sites of interest to writers: Amazon Books,
US Copyright Office (to protect your words),
AllWords Dictionary (great online writing resource).