Virginia Earl

Editing

writing a book

Our Editing Team

We are a team of dedicated authors and editors with degrees in journalism and decades of expertise working for major publishing companies who will help you preserve your voice during the editing process.

We take great care to assist authors on proper editing techniques and ways to share their story, while maintaining their voice and personality and a consistent style usage during the process.

Our concept guides writers through the editing process and keeps them in the loop. We work alongside you every step of the way because we care! We know what it’s like to do anything less. Thus, we strive for excellence!

We will edit any type of document, such as book manuscripts, marketing materials, digital content, websites, social media content, articles, content for State and Federal documents, speeches and more. Basically, anything that’s ready to go to print, including digital content.

The Editing Process

What is Editing?

Editing is the first draft of any document. It is more involved than proofreading as it requires a more in-depth look at an entire document. It takes more time and the author is more involved. Whereas, proofreading involves checking for surface errors and the turnaround time is shorter.

During the editing process editors typically work on the following:

  • Overall quality
  • Content
  • Language usage
  • The 4Cs: Clarity, Concise, Compelling and Credible
  • Inconsistencies
  • Redundancies
  • Errors
  • Flow
  • Syntax
  • Transitions
  • Style
  • Tone
  • Voice
  • Line editing

There’s a lot more, but the goal is to improve the overall quality of the original document, whether it’s a book manuscript or any other type of document, including digital content.

Once your document is edited, when you read it you should feel that it’s been enhanced and that it’s consistent, clear, concise, compelling and credible, among other things, and that it’s your voice.

Your Writing DNA

By voice, we mean your “writing DNA”. Your voice is what sets you apart from other writers.  It’s what makes you unique! It’s one of those things that can catapult you into the Best Seller list. So, yes guard it! Protect it! Your writing DNA can open the doors for you to shine and stand out from the crowd.

This is one reason we take the time to focus on preserving your voice while enhancing your book manuscript, document, and anything else that might need a little polishing. 

Selecting an Editor                   

Some authors don’t necessarily know what the editing stages involve. They just know that their task is to write. In some cases, they don’t want to get involved with all the publishing ins and outs, and this is where some of the problems originate and later on manifest during the publishing process. They lack the knowledge to ask the right questions and make a decision.

They may not know how to select an editor or why it’s important to have an editor, understand the difference between editing and proofreading, what should happen with their manuscript at every stage, i.e. the editing, proofreading and layout, before it goes to print.

The author might never see what their manuscript looks like before it goes to print. There are so many things that could go wrong. For new authors especially, all of this results in fear and more.

Quite often, this fear can stem from the author’s original voice being lost along with the ideas, story and theme the author was attempting to share with the reader. To avoid all of this, it’s important that you take your time to select the right team.

If you hire a publishing company, a lot of times the editor works in the background and you might or might not know who is editing your book. When we don’t have direct access to the editor, there’s the risk of miscommunication and errors going into print. This is where communication is key between you, the publisher and the editor.

When you select an editor, pick one with several years of experience, who is aligned with you and your story, who pays attention to detail, and who cares enough to preserve your voice. The editor you select should also have expertise in editing and proofreading. A good editor has both. Select someone who has great communication skills, will work alongside you and who is in alignment with your goals.

Choose someone that you feel you have a connection with, but above all someone who has experience in publishing, who has been writing and editing for quite a while and who will pay attention to the details throughout the editing and proofreading process, as well as during the final layout stages of your manuscript.

Our Editing Services

We will edit any type of document or digital content in English or any other language, such as:

  • Annual reports 
  • Articles
  • Banners
  • Book manuscripts in English
  • Brochures
  • Catalogs
  • Content for State and Federal documents
  • Digital content
  • Direct mail
  • E-books
  • Equipment manuals 
  • FEMA documents
  • General copy
  • Glossaries
  • Hazmat documents
  • Headlines
  • Immigration documents
  • Internal style manuals
  • Instruction manuals 
  • Labels
  • Legal compliance
  • Legal contracts
  • Marketing materials
  • Movie subtitles
  • OSHA
  • Speeches
  • Packaging
  • Phone apps
  • Power Point presentations 
  • Print ads
  • Published Books (i.e. fiction or non-fiction — anthologies, autobiographies, business books, reference books, children’s stories, and more)
  • Radio/TV scripts 
  • Safety manuals, compliance
  • Social media
  • Talking points
  • Tech specs
  • Transcreation of headlines and other copy
  • Website content and more

We work on all of the above to provide copy that is clear, concise and consistent while preserving the author’s voice.

The final stages before your document or book manuscript goes to print are crucial. We know what to look for! Let us help you! Call or text Virginia Earl at
(951) 551-4566
to submit your document or manuscript for an estimate.
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