Have you dreamed of publishing your own book?

Book Editing

The editor is really the reader's advocate, striving to deliver the best possible reading experience to readers. Editing falls into four distinct categories:

1. Developmental editing works with authors to ensure that the book unfolds in accordance with the book's outline. Unfortunately, this task is rarely done, and the book goes into the second kind of editing.

2. Content editing questions whether all content is relevant to the book's stated purpose. Often, authors put everything but the kitchen sink into a nonfiction book, just to boost page count. Or in fiction, the plot may be improbable, the characters unrealistic, and the dialogue wooden. The content editor ensures that what should be there is there, and eliminates what should not be there.

3. Copy editing ensures that the content is expressed according to the rules of style and good English, that paragraph and sentence structure and punctuation are correct, and that the best possible words are used to the best possible effect.

4. Proofreading is the nitpicking labor of ensuring consistency. Do chapter titles agree with the table of contents? Are contents and index page numbers correct? Did any typos creep through the previous editing stages? Proofers also double-check old chestnuts such as its/it's, here/hear, and there/their.

Can the author self-edit? Unlikely, because we all have blind spots, that only others can catch. Publishing a book is a major investment, and a lot of your hopes and dreams are hanging on it, so you want it to be as perfect as possible. Books boil down to credibility. Without credibility, no matter how important the message, readers won't engage with it. Typos, wrong words, and myriad other glitches are the fastest way to damage a book's credibility. So if you're going to spend a few thousand on printing, make sure you don't waste your investment by skimping on the few hundred to have it edited.


Often people will have a unique insight or startling revelation that they feel compelled to share the world but there's a problem … they can't write! So there's no way for their taped seminars or clutter of notes to reach a wider audience. Enter the ghostwriter, who will create the manuscript based on discussions, notes, tapes or any other source, and the book goes out under the client's name. (Sometimes the words "With ______" under the client's name reveals that the book is ghosted.)
Obviously, you're tying up a professional writer for several months, so this service isn't cheap. Expect to spend many thousands of dollars for a quality result.


We can publish as few as 10 books, but the unit cost could be as high as $10 per book. We suggest an initial run of 300 - 500 books, which brings the unit cost down to around from $2.00 to $5.00. Despite the high unit costs, short runs have two main advantages:

1. You do not end up with a warehouse full of books, thus avoiding storage charges.

2. You can make changes and correct any errors before printing a long run that places a large number of first-run copies out into the world.

Longer runs of, say, 2,000 books yield much lower unit costs, perhaps under $2/each, but then you're facing higher costs for freight and storage. To help you decide, we will discuss your strategy and advise you accordingly. For example, there is no sense in paying $5.00 to print a $15 book, when you will receive only $6.75 from a wholesaler