Questions Authors Ask

How can I get my book published?

There are many routes to publication, and the answer for your book may be different from what worked for someone else's book. Traditional publishing works best for established authors and people who already have a sigificant following. University presses typically seek to publish material that presents academic or scientific research or preserves aspects of our culture. Self-publishing is an option for authors who want to maintain personal control over their work. Ebook options often offer the lowest upfront production costs. Please contact us so we can discuss your needs and find the best path for your book.

My family and friends love my book. Is it good enough to publish?

Maybe. Ask about our manuscript assessment service. This process examines a manuscript and offers feedback about a text's strengths and the kinds of things that may need attention. We'll also provide recommendations to help you reach your goals.

What is a developmental editor?

A developmental editor is a consultant who works with an author before and during the writing process to help facilitate the organization and coherence of the work as a whole. Tasks may include suggesting an appropriate format, identifying areas of deficiency, and pointing out elements that need attention.

What is the difference between substantive editing and copy editing?

Substantive editing is a process that refines the structure, style, and content of a complete manuscript. Copyediting involves close scrutiny of a manuscript on a line-by-line basis to check the mechanics of the text (items such as grammar, spelling, and punctuation).

If I tell you my idea, will you write the book and split the profits with me?

The process you're describing is called ghostwriting on speculation. We work only on assignment (not on speculation). If you have a manuscript that needs help, we'll be happy to give you an estimate for the amount of work that needs to be done.