Services2022-07-29T11:20:11-07:00

Publishing Packages Overview

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Visit this page for a full rate card which shows exactly what each publishing package includes in bullet points.

Visit this page for an in-depth description of our process. 

Our process page will tell you everything you need to know about working with Emerald Books and can answer most of your questions about editing, design, production, and marketing.

Every design & publishing package includes work with a marketing professional and one-on-one consultation to give you the best possible book launch. Marketing services vary according to package. Visit this page for a full list of marketing services included with each package.

Use the buttons below to download PDFs of our rate sheet and processes.

*We review every manuscript to make sure our services are right for your project. We offer full editing services for every project.

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Editing Services

Combine all three editing workflows for .07 cents per word.

Every book needs editing. No author can hold an entire book in their mind. Your book is a cathedral you’ve built from the inside. You need someone on the outside looking at the structure, making sure the flying buttresses are all aligned. Creative development is about connecting inspiration to architecture. Content editing refines language and creates the reader’s experience. Proofreading finalizes the book and makes it perfect.

Can I bring something that has already been edited?

Of course! There are incredible editors roaming the big wide world! We are happy to complete a project another editor has begun. However, we reserve the right to examine every manuscript and determine what it needs. It’s our way of supporting you. If your book really needs a developmental restructure, it isn’t in your interest to skip that process, even if it slows your timeline.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Editing

My writing is perfect. I don’t need editing.2022-03-22T01:25:07-07:00

Everyone needs an editor. Everyone makes mistakes. If you think about it you probably have a few spelling errors that are habits you’ll never correct. For me, one of these is the word “instrument.” I almost always put the u before the r and then delete it. There is an important watershed for every author when they abandon the idea that their writing is perfect. It means turning away from your ego and starting the real work. Flattering yourself feels great and justifies the laziness every author feels when they want to avoid the hard work of writing. Walk away from your ego and you’ll always find the work rewarding. No book ever got good until the second draft.

What style guide do your editors use?2021-05-26T03:04:58-07:00

We use the Chicago Manual of Style. We allow for your own style and voice in our editing process, but the Chicago Manual is a great baseline. It’s something every writer should own. It’s easy to understand and easy to look things up.

Do I need an editor after I’ve finished my first draft?2021-05-26T03:01:30-07:00

You can employ an editor at any point in your writing process. A great rule of thumb is to always completely rewrite your book once you finish the first draft. This sounds like a lot of work at first but it can also feel incredibly freeing. Instead of facing the blank page, you are working with something that already has structure, tone and emotion. In our opinion, it is a waste to hire a professional editor when most of their work is absorbed fixing simple errors that could have been caught with spell check. Rewriting beyond the first draft means you are making your book the best it can be before it leaves your hands, and your editor can take it even further. A rewrite of your entire book is certainly a lengthy endeavor, but it’s a great opportunity to advance the manuscript before you send it to an editor. It can be really exciting to be swept away by your own novel!

Which editing package is best for publishing?2021-05-26T00:14:20-07:00

We recommend the Double Gem package for editing, becuase it gives you a chance to work with an editor for a sustained period of time, and then polish the writing for publication. However, if you have already edited the book, feel free to just buy a proofread to check for any mistakes.