Our editing process is so much more than a grammar and punctuation once-over of your story. We ensure the developmental integrity of your story at the chapter, page, paragraph, and sentence level. Maybe your character is walking through a wall, or you have inadvertently left out a needed reference to a cited source. We help you correct those errors.
We ensure the substantive intensity of your story by recommending revisions to paragraphs or sentences when needed. Overuse of a word, redundancies, and clichés are distracting to a reader. We offer you alternatives. We suggest methods that get your point across, raise the dramatic intensity, and communicate the emotion(s) of your story more clearly.
Then, we ensure the correct grammar and punctuation is applied to each sentence. This final copyediting step is what many new authors believe the entire editing process to be, and in some instances, it is all that a publisher offers. However, as you'll learn through our author mentoring program, there is much, much more to creating a sellable work of art than punctuation and grammar.
But we don't stop there. When your book is ready, we print a proof copy for both our proofreader and you to review and approve before moving on to production and distribution.
Editing is an art not a science, and there is always room for improvement. That is why we include 3 cycles of review and revisions throughout the editing process in our exclusive multi-step quality control process. You will be involved every step of the way in bringing your dream into the world as a newborn work of art.
You've brought your dream from a fantasy in your mind to a living, breathing story sitting in front of you. Why dishonor your work by leaving it in a word processing program, short-cutting the mechanics of turning your manuscript into sellable art?
We typeset your manuscript using industry leader Adobe InDesign software. We retouch or restore all images using Adobe Photoshop Pro. We create any illustrations in Adobe Illustrator. And we provide all additional services needed to put a beautiful work in front of book buyers. Our standards meet or exceed those of the best publishing houses in the United States because we use the most current methods in the book publishing industry.
After the basic project is complete, it is time to print a prototype of the finished product, known as a "proof copy" of your book.
The proof copy validates design objectives that cannot be checked until a book is assembled, printed, trimmed, and glued into its final form. The proof copy allows us to verify alignments, margins, and of course do one more final read for any remaining errors.
If we find errors that have been introduced into the production process, we will fix them and deliver another proof at our cost. If you wish to make any revisions at the last minute, we will revise the text and deliver another proof to you at a minimal cost.
E-books are designed to stringent specifications needed to ensure acceptance by all the various e-retailers in the Ingram's digital distribution network. For example, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo all have differing requirements for the acceptance of an e-book for sale on their websites. There are price requirements, format requirements, and internal metadata requirements that all must be met for the global distribution of your book in digital form.
All e-books are tested on the devices they are designed to be read on and go through a quality control check to ensure that the finished product passes the file validation tests for every major e-book distributor in the network.
You are ready to become a published author. While you have made it through 99 percent of the way to giving birth to your dream, it is still a dream until readers know that your book is available for purchase.
Distribution comes in two forms: Print Distribution and Digital Distribution. At its core, distribution is the gateway between an author's published book and the readers who will buy it. A little out from the core are a host of distributors who make that book available to retailers. The retailers are, of course, where the readers flock to find your dream, buy it, and read it.
We place your book with so many distribution sources that it is almost impossible for it not to get noticed. However, distribution isn't the end of the road. It is the beginning of another road. The road that connects you, your work, and your efforts to readers around the globe.
Now that your dream has been given life and a name, that is, we've produced a book and an e-book with a title, what happens? After all, who wants to throw a party that no one will attend? Here's what we do to help your book sell.
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