Raising your completed manuscript up to the high-quality, professional level your published book deserves.
Naomi Rose and other selected editors
Essential Benefits of Editing
Good editing helps all writers’ manuscripts to be error-free, read more clearly and unobstructedly, and have a professional level of integrity.
A good editor is not your critic, but your ally. The editor’s talent and task is to sense the jewel in your work, and free it from the “rock” of prose that imprisons or camouflages it.
A good editor also makes sure that your writing is free of all embarrassments, such as spelling errors, grammatical errors, punctuation errors, stylistic inconsistencies, and so on. If you care enough about your writing to share it with readers (whether in print, online, or as an ebook), you also care enough about your writing to make sure that it reads well and is error-free.
Kinds and Levels of Editing
You may not have known this, but there is more than one kind of editing. Your manuscript may need just one, or two, or all three. (It’s not a judgment on the manuscript’s worth; rather, it’s like making the rough frame of a newly built house into a livable home. The person who builds the house may not be the same one who creates the blueprint behind it, or decorates the interior.)
These are the 3 levels of editing that a professional can do to bring your manuscript up to professional, publishable level:
- Copyediting. Copyediting deals primarily with the mechanics of grammar, spelling, and sentence structure so that your manuscript has the professional-level dignity it deserves. (No computer “editor” or spellchecker can replace the discernment of a real-life professional editor. For example, say you typed “image” where it should have been “imago.” A spellchecker will ignore that, since “image” is a real word. However, context is everything; and a good copyeditor will catch that, and a great deal more.)
- Substantive editing. On this level, the editor addresses not only the mechanics but also the “substance” of your writing. Substantive editing deals with such matters as the structure/ organization, clarity, and appropriate wording of your writing. The editor may rearrange (or propose) sections and paragraphs to maximize clarity and reader interest; suggest transitions to make the writing flow; and advise you where to delete extraneous material, or fill in missing pieces to round out and complete the writing’s message and delivery.
- Rewriting. Also a level of editing, rewriting takes the material you provide and brings it to a higher level. The editor will reword your writing adeptly, and suggest or add examples, phrases, or structural material, etc., so that in the end you can say, “Yes, that’s it. That ‘s exactly what I meant to say!”
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” ~ Arthur Plotnik
Engaging Me, Naomi Rose, as Your Editor
There are many terrific editors around, so you actually have many choices. I am one of them. And since I specialize in working with people like you on manuscripts like yours (my assumption, since you are reading this page), you would do well to engage me to tune up your manuscript to professional, publishable level.
I bring over 30 years’ professional experience as an editor of both nonfiction and fiction. In my time, I have edited many hundreds of manuscripts on scores of topics, both worldly and internal. I am adept at all 3 levels of editing, so you would have in me a powerful advocate for the worth of your manuscript.
I have worked with publishers (including Ten Speed Press, Ortho Books, Scott Foresman, Stephen Greene/Penguin, and others), authors (including Richard Carlson of the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series, though not on those books), nonprofits, and businesses, and have won awards for my editing, including listings in various Who’s Who volumes (Who’s Who, Who’s Who in American Women, etc.), and the “Elite Service Award, San Francisco Bay Area” from Thumbtack.com.
Whatever your subject, I can bring your writing to a place of clarity and coherence, readability and interest, and (if needed) even do references and bibliographies.
Naomi Rose took my manuscript and turned it into a book!” ~ Larry Decker, PhD, author, The Alchemy of Combat: Transforming Trauma in Combat Veterans (Suluk Press)
“I cannot imagine another editor on the planet who could step into my shoes and edit esoteric material as beautifully and sincerely as Naomi did. She has been utterly exceptional.”~ Rebecca Field, author, To Choose the Fire of the Cosmos. Foreword by H.H. The Dalai Lama
Other Selected Editors
Additional selected editors are part of our team to serve you, if I am not available or they are more appropriate to your particular needs.
You might think you can skip proofreading, once your manuscript is ready to submit for publication. Spellcheckers, and all that. But this would be a huge mistake. A good proofreader catches all the errors, inconsistencies, and glitches that — if not recognized and corrected — can cause embarrassment.
And not only for you. A reader who has to encounter typos, wrong words, misspellings, grammatical mistakes, paragraphs left out (etc.) is not being treated with full respect. This is not only frustrating, but it also interferes with the seamless reading experience. (And for those readers who no longer know the difference ~ well, why not let your book do double duty as a literacy booster? We pick these things up by exposure, after all.)
So if you have written something that you care about and want your readers to take seriously, engaging a proofreader is essential.
Fortunately, we have one of the very best on tap: Gabriel Steinfeld. He catches every error, actual and potential. He knows what to look up to find out what he needs to know to make your manuscript utterly error-free and without blemish. When your manuscript is ready for proofreading, we can put you in touch with him. He is an author’s treasure.
When you get close to completing your book and start thinking about publishing, you can have a conversation with me about your particular circumstances and wishes.
What’s important is that you trust that your book has a welcome in the world, and take the steps that you are guided to take to make that happen.
To find out how your completed, edited-and-proofread manuscript can be transformed into a published book that reaches readers near and far, see the Publishing and Book Promotion sub-page next.
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Schedule a free phone consultation with me. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me directly at (510) 465-3935 (Pacific Standard Time).
I look forward to the genuine privilege of helping you birth your book and bring your wisdom, creativity, beauty, and healing influence to readers across the world.
It’s your turn to be heard, now.
Let’s listen to you, together.