There are a few key elements every great book needs in order to have a chance at landing on a bookstore shelf: a riveting back cover description, an eye-catching cover design, and high-quality editing.
How do we know? Because a VP at one of the largest bookstores in the world told us so. Those are the first three things she looks at before stocking a title on her shelves.
Editing is a key element in your book’s marketability. Sure, your story needs to be interesting and well-written, but if it contains typos and mistakes, it’s a liability for a bookstore to carry it. No matter how interesting or powerful a story is, bookstores are a business, so they choose to carry books with a low risk of being returned.
How It Works
While most things in this digital age are now automated, computer programs still have not been able to replace human editors, so traditional and self-publishers still use human editors. To reduce human error, traditional books go through multiple rounds of editing with multiple sets of eyes, so we still recommend reaching out to teachers, librarians or writers in your circle to help you proofread your copy before turning it in to your editor.
Why Naberm Editing?
Because book editing adheres to a strict industry standard. While newspapers and high school papers use their own styles of editing, books adhere to The Chicago Manual of Style. After you’ve finished your proofreading, our editors will perform a final, thorough edit and ensure your book is putting its best foot forward!
What Kind of Editing Do You Offer?
We offer several different levels and styles of editing to meet your book’s specific needs. Not sure what to pick? Select our Manuscript Review or Editorial Critique service to get a personalized recommendation from one of our editors.
What is Ghostwriting?
Have you ever read a book by a celebrity and wondered, “Did they really write this?” Or picked up the latest copy from your favorite speaker and thought, “How do they keep churning out new books every six months?!”
Some celebrities and public figures do put in the late nights and elbow grease to write their own books, but some receive a little—or a lot—of help in the form of ghostwriting.
What is ghostwriting? Well, just what the name implies! A professional writer will gather your stories and material, and assemble them into a fully-developed, well-written book, and they’ll match the “voice” of any pieces you’ve already written. It’s your thoughts, your content, and your name on the cover, with the support of one of our professional writers.
Need First Draft Feedback?
Let’s face it: writing a book can be tough, and sometimes even experienced writers need advice, confirmation that they’re on the right path, or a fresh set of eyes to point out a flaw they can’t see because they’re too close to the writing.
That’s where our team of expert editors come in! Get feedback on your first draft with our Manuscript Review and Editorial Critique services. You’ll have a chance to make any recommended changes before submitting your final manuscript for the Design & Production Phase.
With the Manuscript Review our editors will do an “editors read” of your book—either a quick skim, or a strategic read of a little of the beginning, middle, and end—and provide you with a one-page feedback outlining your book’s strengths and areas for improvement. Naberm Publications offers three different levels of editing, and your Manuscript Review also includes a custom recommendation for an editorial service, and a sample edit of 500 words of your manuscript.
Want more editing guidance? Our Editorial Critique provides an even more in-depth feedback experience to help you as a writer. Our editor will read your entire manuscript and provide a 4+ page outline of their insights. Have a nonfiction book? We’ll talk about things like your target audience, showing-vs-telling, consistency and how to arrange you material. For fiction authors, we’ll provide insight on your story arc, character development, plot, and descriptions. Our editor will also provide a recommendation on the level of edit you should consider and a 1,000 word sample edit.
Have any questions or need writing advice? Schedule a half hour personal coaching session over the phone with our editor for just $99.