Book editing and production

Self-publishing your book is the ultimate business card. It’s a next-level positioning opportunity for thought leaders, consultants and business owners. Whether you are an experienced writer or getting your ideas down for the first time, the self-publishing playing field has been levelled.

After the hard work of writing is done, there are two stages to getting your book out into the world: editing and production.

EDITING

My editing approach is based on the following model:

editing model

Engaging an editor is a crucial step in publishing your work. An editor will not only be able to provide an objective overview of your manuscript but they will ensure your words flow, your content has a logical structure, spelling and grammar is correct and language and tone is appropriate for your intended audience. 

There are three stages of editing that polish and perfect a manuscript, ensuring that what you write is the best possible representation of your thought leadership while meeting the needs of your target audience. It’s a collaborative, constructive process done in close consultation with the author.

  1. Structural edit

There are three main areas of focus in a structural edit:

Content: The editor’s role is not to rewrite your work but to question and clarify the points you make, how you explain and validate them. This is the stage where gaps in content will be identified, or areas where copy could be cut back and made stronger without losing ideas. Facts, attributions and citations are also checked at this stage.

Structure: This considers the flow of the whole book. Is there a logical sequence to the ideas expressed? How is the book chaptered and sectioned? This edit also looks at how and where models, illustrations, graphics, references and appendix are used.

Style: Is your voice accessible and appropriate for your audience? Are you using language, terminology and references consistently? Are your ideas concise and clear – does it read with ease and conviction? 

An effective editor is able to take the perspective of your readers and ask of the author, why have you said this? Why do I need to know this?

The structural edit should be a constructive and positive process!

  1. Copy edit 

A copy edit brings grammar, punctuation, spelling and consistent use of language into focus. This edit considers everything from how you use quotes and bulleted lists to whether you will capitalise job titles and italicise books and film references.

By establishing a consistent style you only need to make these decisions once.

  1. Proofing

A final stage edit with a light touch. The proofing process aims to eliminate any errors – typographical mistakes (typos), spelling, grammar, cross-references, captions. The manuscript will be read several times with a macro and micro focus.

PRODUCTION

Now your book content starts to take shape and becomes a real physical product. Typesetting and layout – I’ll provide you with some layout options (chapter styles, titles, folios and so on), this can draw on your existing branding or be completely fresh. Once a layout style is decided on, I will create your book in InDesign.
 

Cover
Set-up of cover file (includes spine and back cover, with front cover image/design to be supplied by author).

Pre-production
Including files supplied to printer specs, any troubleshooting with files, liaison with printer regarding delivery of completed print run.

Print ready files
Provision of an interactive PDF file and an epub ebook file to author (please note this is not a Kindle file).

For pricing and availability please get in touch:
jules@julesasmith.com
m. 0474 150 131