"Please pass along my sincere thanks to the editor. Poor thing got stuck with a Civil Engineer trying to be an author. She did a great job and I agreed with the vast majority of her recommendations. I also took her comments to heart and did some significant rewriting. The novel is much better now because of her input."
-- William Bahlke / Frisbee Ball Rules
Editorial services are the processes and procedures that a book goes through to become a polished and honed manuscript. There is no substitute for proofreading and editing. Unfortunately, when an author proofs and edits his or her own book, typos and other editorial problems will still slip through; the author sees what the text should say, but an editor can see a missing word, or how a word or phrase can be understood in different ways. In short, the editor is the detached third party who puts himself or herself in the reader’s shoes, at the same time reading, catching mistakes, and analyzing content with a trained eye. Our editors don’t just run a program that checks spelling and grammar, and then call it good and edited. Instead, they review and polish your manuscript with your tone, your reader, and your goals in mind.
All the best-selling authors had editors review their work. Dog Ear Publishing's editorial services are designed to help your book become the best possible product it can be, to communicate in the best possible way to the reader. All of our editors are part of the Dog Ear team; every one is a professional who works on "traditional" publishers' books. Publishers like McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Harper Collins, and Wiley all come to our editors for editing.
Your audience must be able to follow the footprints you have layed out one by one to a conclusion and feel satisfied with the journey once they’ve arrived at the end.
Basic Nonfiction Structure
The old saying - "tell ’em what you’re going to tell ’em; tell ’em; tell ’em what you told ’em" - is very simple, it is the right place to begin from when crafting your nonfiction text.
Getting the Most out of the Editorial Process
Great editors want to work with you. Work in harmony and collaborate as much as possible. Great editors want to make your book best it can be, no other agenda is in the picture.
Researching for Your Novel
Over-arching, with research, you want to achieve a balance between your imagination and details of important historical facts. Definitely not an easy task.
Ten Rules for Writing Dialogue
During your revision process, read the dialogue out load. Is it forced? Does it feel and flow naturally? Are your ears hearing something your eyes cannot see?
Publishers and Choices; Why Just Being Published Isn’t Enough
Knowledge is the ulimate power and this article will enlighten you on the self-publishing choices available to you. Do your reseach, because it's very easy for unethical companies to advantage of the uneducated.