WHAT TO ASK BEFORE YOU HIRE AN EDITOR
Here are some essential questions to ask the editor or editorial service you're about to hire. Whether the answers please you depends on what services you've decided you need:
* Do I get a written evaluation or report along with manuscript comments? (These are very helpful because they offer guidance as to how to go about making the changes suggested by the editor.)
* If I have questions, do I get to talk with you for free after you send back my edited manuscript?
* Do we correspond by e-mail or phone?
* Do you charge extra for a pre-editing consultation? How much?
* Are you willing to work electronically with a track-changes edit and commentary? (Whether an editor is old-school, working on the hard copy, or knows how to use tracking-changes software doesn't affect the quality of the edit you will get. It depends on your preference for how to work: on hard copy or on an electronic document with running changes from draft to draft kept all in one place.)
* How much do you charge for editing my revisions?
* Can you provide a client list or a few referrals that I may contact by email or phone?
* Do you give any discounts for members of professional writing organizations, published writers, need-based clients, or repeat customers?
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WHAT IS BOOK EDITING AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Editorial services offered:
* Line editing: ESOLA will go through a manuscript from start to finish and edit every line for everything from grammar, spelling, and style to drama, pacing, and characterization, and everything in between. Editing done on a hard copy of the manuscript or using track changes for an electronic edit. Detailed critique letter available. Free query letter edit. (Most thorough and effective option for the money.)
* Book doctoring: ESOLA edits, rewrites where needed, and fixes a manuscript that has already been written. You get all the credit. Free query letter edit.
* Copy editing: ESOLA can fact check your book for accuracy, grammar, spelling, punctuation, style. Free query letter edit.
* Creative & publishing development: ESOLA can help you turn your idea into a flat picture book, novelty book, grown-up book, or series of books. If you are a publishing or packaging house or even a toy company in search of new material, ESOLA can help spice up your lists—handling any stage of the process from concept through manufacturing and delivery to your warehouse.
* Ghostwriting: ESOLA will write or rewrite the original manuscript from start to finish — uncredited or credited on the book, as you wish. Free query letter edit.
* Literary consultations: ESOLA helps new and seasoned writers determine the literary merits of a work in progress. This can range from a read-through of the work and a citing of general impressions to more involved editing for character development to complete line editing. ESOLA can also edit during the publication process to help you through the publisher's edits. Free query letter edit.
* Proofreading: ESOLA checks one proof of a book against another printed proof of the book to make sure it doesn't have misspellings, nothing is missing, images correspond to text, and all the edits were performed as indicated. Also available at manuscript stage. Free query letter edit.
* Proposal writing: ESOLA helps you deliver a solid proposal for a book or series of books, including pitch/query letter, marketing plans, evaluation of competition, bio, table of contents, publicity, and sample chapters. Free query letter edit.
* Read-through and general evaluation: ESOLA performs a general, overall reading of the work, which points out the major flaws that need to be addressed without necessarily telling the writer how to go about executing them in detail. Free query letter edit.
* Self-publishing: ESOLA will edit, typeset, and lay out your pages in Word so you are ready to go to your self-publishing source template. InDesign publishing software services also offered.
* Writing coach: A writing coach works one-on-one with you. ESOLA can be your editor, teacher, and mentor throughout the entire publishing process.
* Writing workshops: ESOLA offers writing workshops. These are small classes lead by an editor or writer. Writers are assigned based on work in progress.
EDITORIAL SERVICES OF LOS ANGELES (ESOLA) is devoted to helping writers make their work the best it can be.
EDITORIAL SERVICES OF LOS ANGELES has been in business for over 20 years, and has helped many writers—of both children’s and grown-up books—get published or improve their chances for publication, self-publish, and publish e-books, too.
ESOLA offers everything from line editing with a detailed and specific critique letter + free query letter edit, to self-publishing edit and book page layout, to ghostwriting, book packaging, and creative and developmental literary consulting.
HUNDREDS OF TITLES EDITED BY LISA & SUBSEQUENTLY PUBLISHED
Award-Winning Fiction, Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction, Picture Books, and More —Just Scroll Down for Info!
(Members of professional writers' organizations, professional colleagues, and need-based clients get substantial discounts on line editing. Just ask!)
How to submit a manuscript for an estimate:
1. Email ESOLA your complete manuscript—see formatting requirements below. (If you prefer, you may snail mail us a hard copy instead — don't forget the prepaid SASE! — please email us for address.)
2. Tell ESOLA what type of service you are interested in and the format of your book (adult fiction or nonfiction, picture book, middle-grade novel, YA novel, nonfiction picture book, novelty book, etc.).
3. Don't forget to tell ESOLA if you are a member of any professional writers' organizations (you will get a substantial discount).
4. Within 24 hours ESOLA will email you (or call you if you prefer) with an estimate of how much the service you have chosen will cost.
5. You let ESOLA know if the estimate is acceptable to you. (For need-based clients, ESOLA will work on a sliding scale.)
6. If you agree to the amount specified, you send ESOLA a cashier's check or money order for the estimated amount (or PayPal + 5% to cover their fees). When check clears, ESOLA puts you on the schedule and starts! ESOLA can usually get your work back to you within 1-2 weeks. Rush clients please indicate deadlines in your cover letter or email query.
7. If ESOLA goes under the estimated amount, ESOLA will simply send the money back in a check with the manuscript. If ESOLA needs to go over, ESOLA will contact you first and ask you if you want us to continue or to stop and send what we have. (ESOLA has only needed to go over the estimated amount twice in 20 years and that was because the writers were nonnative English speakers whose every sentence needed rewriting.)
ESOLA is professional, fast, on target, and reliable. Specific line editing is usually done right on the manuscript, and we provide you with a critique letter (if you wish, additional fee) that is specific to your manuscript. ESOLA encourages feedback—our goal is to help you make your work the best it can be and get it ready for submission ASAP.
ESOLA can also help you craft a great query letter if you wish—so include it if you want help with that as well! Free.
Format for submission:
ESOLA requests that you submit the manuscript in Courier New font, 12 point, with 1-inch margins, ragged right text, double spaced, running/paginated headers, and all your contact info on the first page. Microsoft word documents are preferred (.doc or .docx OK)
Client list and limited list of AWARD WINNERS (excerpted):
• MATTEL Barbie: You Can Be a Doctor, Random House (wrote)
• WARNER BROS. product management of 2 storybooks, concept through printer-ready
• THE IMPROBABLE WONDERS OF MOOJIE LITTLEMAN by Robin Gregory, Mad Mystical Journey (edited)
• SUNRISE by Mike Mullin, Tanglewood Books (edited)
• ASHEN WINTER by Mike Mullin, sequel to ASHFALL, Tanglewood Books (edited)
• ASHFALL by Mike Mullin, Award-winning YA novel, starred Kirkus review 2011, 2011 New Voices Award, "Best Books for Kids 2011" from the Association of Booksellers for Children, NPR voted one of 10 Best YA novels of 2012 (edited, Tanglewood Books)
• FINANCE 101 FOR KIDS by Walter Andal (edited)
• 68 KNOTS: A Novel by Michael Evans, YA novel, School Library Journal wrote: "Teens who fantasize about being pirates should pick this one up." (edited, Tanglewood Books, 2010)
• CHENGLI AND THE SILK ROAD CARAVAN by Hildi Kang, Middle-grade novel (edited, Tanglewood Books, coming in October 2011)
• TWO MOON PRINCESS by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban, YA novel, School Library Journal wrote, "This is a strong title that will appeal to teens who like fantasy with adventure, romance, and strong female protagonists." (edited, Tanglewood Books, 2009)
• INSIGHT EDITIONS (spearheaded Disney and Dreamworks book projects)
• DISNEY (English Language Learning Program using Disney characters)
• TREASURE BAY (writing and editing phonics book series)
• THE SCARLET STOCKINGS TRILOGY: The Enchanted Riddle by Charlotte Kandel (Dutton Children's Books, Spring 2008)
• THERE'S AN EASTER EGG ON YOUR SEDER PLATE! Surviving Your Child's Interfaith Marriage, by Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007, edited)
• INTERVISUAL BOOKS/PIGGY TOES PRESS
• THE GO-TO GUIDE FOR GUYS: THE ABCs FOR EXPECTANT DADS by Todd Barrett Lieman (agented, Dalmatian Press, 2007)
• TANGLEWOOD BOOKS (Edited THE MICE OF BISTROT DES SEPT FRERES, 2006, and other YA titles, see above)
• MERRY LANE PRESS (Edited all children's titles for this new publisher in 2004, 2005, 2006)
• SIMON & SCHUSTER (Created books for)
• SILVER DOLPHIN/AMS (Created books for)
• CARTWHEEL/SCHOLASTIC (Created books for)
• ROBIN COREY BOOKS/RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS (Wrote SAMMMY'S SUITCASE, 2008)
• HARPERFESTIVAL (Created books for)
• SOUL AGREEMENTS by Dick and Tara Sutphen (Edited, Wiley, 2005)
• FOR THIS I AM GRATEFUL (Writing contributor, 2005, becker & mayer!)
• LEAH'S WAY by Richard Botelho (Edited, 2003, Windstream Press)
• THE DEVIL'S BROOD by Ellen Jones (Edited, third in a series of historical novels)
• ULTIMATE JUSTICE by Mimi L. Latt (Edited, 1999, Simon & Schuster)
• PURSUIT OF JUSTICE by Mimi L. Latt (Edited, 1998, Simon & Schuster)
• DISNEY INTERACTIVE (Creative consulting on development of “Princesses” CD-ROM, 1998)
• NEW AGE SHORT STORIES by Dick Sutphen (Edited, 1997, Valley of the Sun Publishing)
• BELOVED ENEMY by Ellen Jones (Edited, 1994, Simon & Schuster)
• POWERS OF ATTORNEY by Mimi L. Latt (Edited, 1993, Simon & Schuster)
• THE ULTIMATE HOLLYWOOD TOUR BOOK by William Gordon (Edited, 1992, North Ridge Books)
• AHA! ENTERTAINMENT, an L.A.-based production company (Editing)
• WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS, MI. (Editing)
• SPINE-TINGLING PRESS, LOS ANGELES, an adult trade fiction imprint (Editing)
• CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR (Editing)
• GLENCOE DIVISION, MACMILLAN / MCGRAW-HILL CO. (Editing)
• SILVER BURDETT & GINN (Editing)
• MIT UNIVERSITY PRESS (Editing)
• FIDELITY, INC., BOSTON, MA. (Editing)
• HEINLE & HEINLE PUBLISHERS, INC. (Editing)