In the world of professional writing, there are a seemingly infinite number of steps to arrive at a finished book. Some say that to an author, her book is never finished--she finally just accepts one day that her book has been rewritten so many times that it’s polished to the shininess of a gem--and at that point, it’s ‘good enough’ to wear on her finger.
What’s almost more important than the author’s satisfaction, however, is the reader’s. How well a book is received by the public determines how many copies it sells. By the same token, this principle applies to more than just commercial writing. How well a dissertation is reviewed by a scholarly panel influences that doctoral candidate’s placement. How a personal essay is perceived by an admissions counselor decides whether or not a student is admitted to that school; same for cover letters and job applicants.
It is with the reader in mind, therefore, that a good editor hones a book’s (or essay’s) message until it positively gleams. The polishing process might be the most important step in the whole publication game, right after sitting down and actually writing the thing.
Jess edits full-length books, novels, novellas, essays, dissertations, articles, blog entries, website copy, and more.
More often than not, a writer is “too close” to her draft to review it and edit it objectively. It’s tough to distance yourself from the point of view of “author,” and play-pretend the “reader.” That’s why Cider Spoon Stories offers proofreading and line-editing packages for those who have already written their book. Sometimes you need developmental help to flesh out the very bones of your story, and sometimes you need a contractor to make sure those bones stand sturdy: a great editor!