BOOK EDITING, FORMATTING, GHOSTWRITING, AND INDEXING
I help spiritual and vegan authors create non-fiction memoirs so they can impact people positively with their stories.
If you’ve had a profound life experience and thought about writing and publishing a book about it, I want to work with you!
Since 2020, I’ve been using the same storytelling skills from my 13-year career in public relations to assist authors in publishing their memoirs.
- Have a compelling story that can be told in more than 100 pages
- Have had a spiritual experience that profoundly changed your life and could be called a miracle
- Once had a health condition that you alleviated through a vegan diet or non-medical means
- Are vegan and have a new take on the benefits of the lifestyle
- Believe that your purpose is to inspire and impact the everyday person with your story
- Can visualize your book shelved in the Mind-Body-Spirit section of a bookstore, or the relevant category for vegan authors; or
- Are excited to continue telling your story after your book is published in podcast and TV interviews
…let’s work together!
Memoirs and other nonfiction books are incredible records of personal history, experience, and/or expertise. Books can increase your personal brand and credibility as a thought leader, positively influence people in a way you can’t do on your own, and open the door to offers with high-end publishers or opportunities to turn your book into a screenplay for film.
Please visit the sections below for more information on my services and process, and contact me if you’re ready to begin.
COPYEDITING AND PROOFREADING PROCESS
Upon signing of an agreement, you’ll email your unformatted manuscript in Word (.docx) format.
I typically do proofreading and copyediting simultaneously.
Proofreading is reading a text and scrutinizing all of its components to find and correct errors before publication.
Copyediting, also called line editing or manuscript editing, requires attention to every word and mark of punctuation in a manuscript, a thorough knowledge of the style to be followed, and the ability to make quick, logical, and defensible decisions. Copyeditors will ask authors about inconsistencies, facts to check, quoted material, foreign words and phrases, table of contents, and chapter/part titles.
Copyediting is done either by a publishing company when a manuscript is accepted for publication, or by a freelance editor like myself, if you’re self-publishing.
If you need to review and approve each change, I will load the document as a Google Doc and use the suggestions feature. Be aware that doing this will add time to your project.
I do not make manual marks on hard copies, as it’s wasteful and unnecessary.
I may make structural/developmental suggestions, but will not make major revisions to sections, chapters, or parts of your book without your consent.
We will go through two to three rounds of revisions before the manuscript’s finalized. You can then pitch your manuscript to publishers or agents, or self-publish.
View a short video on copyediting below.
Upon signing of an agreement, we will arrange a consistent schedule of 30 or 60-minute weekly audio or video calls that will be recorded using Zoom.
Using the call recordings, I will begin writing your book. The call schedule will resume until you have finished telling your story.
Once I’ve written the book, I will load the document as a Google Doc and you will use the comments feature to make suggestions for changes.
Alternatively, I can deliver the draft to you in Word (.docx) format, and you will communicate your desired changes via the “Track Changes” feature, by email, or by phone.
I do not make manual marks on hard copies, as it’s wasteful and unnecessary.
We will go through two to three rounds of revisions before the manuscript’s finalized.
You can then pitch your manuscript to publishers or agents, or self-publish.
View a short video about ghostwriting below.
BOOK FORMATTING PROCESS FOR SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS
Upon signing of an agreement, you’ll email me your unformatted manuscript in Word (.docx) format including your copyright page, and we’ll have a discussion about what you might want the book to look like in terms of size and interior.
Print formatting: I will begin formatting your book and send you drafts in PDF format. Prior to or during interior formatting, you’ll want to have your cover designed so the interior is consistent with the cover. We’ll continue to make changes until you’re satisfied with the document and you’ve submitted it to your publishing service without issues.
E-book formatting: I will send your draft via .ePUB format which you’ll be able to open in the Kindle Previewer app, iBooks, or similar readers. Prior to or during interior formatting, you’ll want to have your front cover designed. We’ll continue to make changes until you’re satisfied with the document and you’ve submitted it to your publishing service without issues.
View a short video about book formatting below.
INDEXING PROCESS FOR SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS
Upon signing of an agreement, you’ll email me your formatted manuscript in Word (.docx) format.
I’ll index the book and deliver the first draft in PDF format in 7 days. I’ll continue to make changes until you’re satisfied with the index, then I’ll deliver the final manuscript files back, which you’ll use for publishing.
View a short video about indexing below.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?
I live and breathe writing and editing. I learned to read and write at three years old and have written and published poetry, short stories, blogs, and articles from elementary school through to university and beyond. Most of my professional career was in the Communications industry.
I compiled and co-wrote an heirloom biography of my grandfather in 2014, and self-published my first business book in 2019.
Self-publishing authors (myself included) commonly make errors in spelling and grammar (especially if English is not your first language), and/or formatting. These errors can be resolved by hiring an editor or someone with experience in formatting for books.
In 2020, I completed courses on Book Editing (IAP College), Proofreading and Copyediting with The Chicago Manual of Style (Editorial Freelancers Association), and two online courses on professional formatting for books and e-books (Udemy). I am currently taking an Indexing course from the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE).
WHAT DO YOU CHARGE?
I charge by the hour. The project rate will depend on:
- The service(s) you’re hiring me for
- Whether or not you need to approve all changes
- Whether or not you need interior formatting assistance
If you provide a sample chapter, I’ll have an idea of how much work is required.
When we sign an agreement, you can pay month to month, or half the estimate of the project at the start, and the remaining fee upon delivery of the final manuscript.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE A COPYEDITOR OR PROOFREADER?
If spelling or grammar isn’t your strong suit, English is not your first language, and/or no one but you has read your manuscript, you will want to hire someone like me to spot (and fix) any glaring errors that might prevent you from getting selected by a literary agent or publisher.
For self-publishing authors, this is even more helpful as you don’t want these types of errors spotted by readers and included in their online review of your book.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE A GHOSTWRITER?
If writing isn’t your strong suit or you simply can’t find time to sit down at your computer to type out your story, hiring a ghostwriter (also called a scribe) is a great option. Many people are better speakers than writers, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a story within them. Bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk’s a great example.
We’ll structure the work in a series of weekly audio or video calls, so you can “tell” your story and turn it into a manuscript. I have plenty of experience turning spoken words into written content with corporate clients.
If you’re hired by a publisher without delivering a manuscript, they will most likely recommend you hire someone to co-author the book with you.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE SOMEONE TO DO INTERIOR FORMATTING FOR ME IF I’M SELF-PUBLISHING?
If you’re not a Microsoft Word nerd, don’t know code (html), or don’t care for learning new software, please consider a professional to format your eBook (Kindle), printed book, or both.
Working with someone who knows how to make your book look professional in both book and digital form can increase your credibility as an author, even if your writing’s already stellar.
For print, you should know the book specifications (measurements) you want once proofreading and editing’s complete. If you aren’t sure what your specs are, you should at least need to know the publishing service you’re going to use; they will likely provide options for you. Some services have templates I can try to work with if you want to use them, but it’s not necessary.
If you’re working with a book coach or agency, they will also know your ideal book specs.
I do not do cover design, but can give a lot of pro book tips to your designer, recommend the right look and feel, and ensure consistency with the rest of your manuscript.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE SOMEONE DO AN INDEX?
If you don’t know or want to learn the theory behind how an index is formatted but you want to include one in your book, hire an indexer to complete it. An improper or inaccurate index can frustrate instead of help your readers.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR YOU TO COMPLETE THE WORK?
If you have a manuscript, this depends on how long your document is, the quality of your writing, and how long it takes for you to approve the revisions.
If I can take you on as a client, I will commit a minimum of six hours per week to the project. If you want the project completed faster, please let me know prior to signing the agreement; additional fees may apply.
DO I NEED A LITERARY AGENT?
No. A literary agent helps you to pitch your manuscript to top publishing companies, which provide the entire suite of services to authors.
Literary agents are common for authors expected to sell a lot of books.
If we work together, I’m happy to send you a list of literary agents who may select your manuscript.
WHAT IF I WANT TO PITCH MY MANUSCRIPT TO A SPECIFIC PUBLISHER?
You’re welcome to pitch your manuscript to publishers regardless of whether you have an agent.
Hiring a good proofreader and copyeditor can prepare your manuscript for pitching to a publisher. They will provide the full suite of publishing services to you, if selected.
If we work together, I’m happy to send you a list of publishers who may select your manuscript.
WILL YOU CONSULT ME ON SELF-PUBLISHING MY BOOK?
I do not provide any additional services other than what’s above. I recommend hiring Vancouver-based The Self-Publishing Agency (who helped me with marketing my book!) or UK-based Let’s Tell Your Story Publishing, or you are welcome to search for book publishing agencies or coaches in your area who can advise you through the process.
WILL YOU HELP ME PROMOTE MY BOOK?
By nature, I love to talk about my clients on my social media profiles and website, but I do not offer book publicity services. It will be up to you to market your book once it’s published, and I can recommend a local publicist or agency who can help you with that, depending on where you live.
Because of my past public relations experience, I can also provide them with newsworthy angles they can use to help promote you and your book.
WHAT’S IT LIKE SELF-PUBLISHING ON AMAZON KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING (KDP)?
There are pros and cons! Please contact me to book a 15-minute conversation about my experience with self-publishing on Amazon KDP. You can also DM me on social media.
“Great editor and formatter, and helped me tremendously on my travel book :)”
—Chelsea Zhang, Eight Trips to Take After the Pandemic: Chelsea’s Travel Memoir, 2021 (Editing, print book* and ebook formatting)
*Client made additional changes after work was completed.
“My niece, Sandra Nomoto, is a more polished writer than I am, and I very much appreciate her help in getting this book into something more professional looking than I could have done on my own. If the reader thinks this book is still not very well-written, my response is that it would have been much worse without Sandra’s help.”
—George B. Martin, Martin Buckner Family History Volumes 1-3, 2020 (Editing, print book formatting)