Is your book really ready to be published?
A great book cover design is the most crucial ingredient to self-publishing success. It’ll make everything a whole lot easier and cut down on marketing expenses. However, long-term sales will depend on reader satisfaction and visibility.
I’ll tell you a secret: before I was a book cover designer, I was a full-time developmental editor while finishing my PhD in Literature. But it was frustrating, because as an editor I couldn’t really fix the core problems with any given manuscript.
I was supposed to just improve and polish an author’s vision, but found myself being too critical and just saying “This story won’t sell because X” or “Readers aren’t going to like this character because Y.”
I realized recently, getting this kind of manuscript critique and feedback about your book’s commercial viability is potentially the MOST valuable service I can offer, so I’ve started offering a package of “literary services” that will help you publish your best book, and added some book launch and marketing strategies to help you become a #1 bestselling author.
WHETHER YOU WANT TO GET AN AGENT OR SELF-PUBLISH, YOU NEED TWO THINGS TO BE SUCCESSFUL:
- a much better product
- a brilliant hook
“Great art has an audience,” which means, even if you write a brilliant book, nobody will care if you can’t hook their attention immediately. Writers who spent years writing an intricate story often have a hard time limiting it to a one-sentence pitch, or fitting it neatly into a genre category. But your pitch is critical: whether it’s in the query you send to literary agents, or add to the top of your Amazon book listing, the hook is going to get people to lean in and be willing to learn more about your book.
Get it wrong, and your book will fail.
WHY RISK IT? GET HELP!
Our tutorials and training resources will banish the self-publishing overwhelm and help you avoid the critical publishing errors that most authors make with their book launch.
We’ll focus on turning your manuscript into an attractive and seductive product that makes readers or agents beg to read it (and actually be willing to pay for it!) If you want to get a head start on your book marketing and ensure the ultimate success of your project, we recommend starting with these essential services.
First Chapter Critique
Do you have a manuscript that you think is finished, but aren’t sure if it’s ready to publish? Are you worried about whether anybody else will think it’s any good? Are you putting together a book proposal or query to attract an agent or publisher, or preparing to self-publish for the first time? How about just starting a book, but want to make sure it’s marketable before you invest more time in it?
Make sure you have a strong start and a killer opening before you waste extra time and money. This in-depth structural critique will help you figure out who your audience is and how to captivate them from the first page.
It is critical that your first chapter sucks them in and keeps them reading. There’s no use editing the full book if you lose readers in the first chapter. Unfortunately, the first 5000 words are the hardest to get right, and the most important. An agent or new reader will browse the first few pages before giving your book a miss – you’ve only got one chance to convince them to keep reading!
If you’re not sure how much editing your book needs, whether or not it’s good enough to satisfy readers or why you are having trouble getting sales and book reviews (or why your rejection pile is thicker than your manuscript) why not let us do a deep developmental critique on your first 5000 words? We’ll point out exactly where your weaknesses lie and what you can do to make them better.
★ Bonus #1: commercial analysis & keyword optimization
Make it easy for readers to find you! We’ll identify the right market for your book, and suggest the keywords and categories to help readers find your books online. SEO experts will help position so that it gets discovered organically on Amazon or Google.
★ Bonus #2: blurb revision & Amazon page
We’ll help make sure you correctly categorize your book and choose the right keywords, but getting found isn’t enough. You need a blurb that actually sells the book. We’ll rewrite the blurb to balance the fine line between discoverability and intrigue. We’ll also help you create 3 brilliant “hooks” you can test in your marketing or sales copy.
Is your book good enough to succeed?
$497 $297 (40% OFF – Limited Time Offer)
Your book can be “well-written” and still fail to keep readers engaged. We’ve been studying the craft of books for over a decade, and we’ve learned the books that succeed aren’t just the ones that are well-written: they are the ones who understand what their audience wants and presents the plot, story, material or information in the ideal structure.
Most non-fiction books we receive have no unifying theme, organic progression of ideas, vulnerable shares and stories to hook interest, of fail to properly identify the audience and benefits (who is this for, what’s in it for them?)
Most novels we receive are lacking universal story structure, deep conflict and suspense, properly motivated and sympathetic characters, and believable dialogue. We can absolutely help point these issues out to you, but we can’t fix or rewrite the entire book.
That’s why we put together a course on writing that is more advanced than anything else on the Internet, yet simple enough for you to go through and quickly identify red flags and room for improvement. And because we want you to succeed, we’re offering it at 75% off.
$197 $47 (75% OFF – TODAY ONLY!)
Manuscript Editing & Proofreading
Have a good book and a stack of rejection letters?
Tired of submitting to agents? Don’t let your creative dream die! Our PROVEN literary services will quickly fix the core issues with your book and allow your writing to shine.
Wrestling with a story idea that just won’t come together?
Losing the battle to procrastination and self-doubt? Get unstuck! Our plot doctoring services will fix your saggy middle and leave readers surprised and delighted with the thrilling twists. With a clearly structured outline, you’ll be EXCITED about working on your book again. We can help turn a mediocre book or story into a great one, and before you waste months writing a less powerful version.
“I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to do a developmental edit on this. It was above and beyond and is greatly appreciated. It was exactly the guidance I needed to hear, and I would have waited three weeks for that, let alone a few days. Your insights will go a long way towards making this the best novel it can be.” – Mikael
“Your suggestions have been wonderful! You provided a lot of input that I had not even considered, and will definitely help overall! Looking forward to going through the remainder of your suggestions tomorrow! Thank you again for your time! – Jacky
Does your book really need editing?
Sure you CAN hire us to fix all your typos, but the truth is, most of this stuff could be fixed with a basic spellchecker or grammar tool. Before you submit for professional editing (and waste our time and yours) we strongly encourage you to run it through a software and fix as much as you can.
We’ve tested them all and find that that Grammarly routinely picks up more contextual spelling errors. It won’t catch everything, but it should help a lot. Use this link to get Grammarly. The free Word plugin includes basic spelling and grammar. If you want to dig a little deeper into style and syntax, we recommend ProWritingAid.
Plotting Resources & Self-Editing Tips
If you want something a little more basic and DIY, we have a FREE course on self-editing your book that’s a bit older, as well as these free book writing resources and articles.
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MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE AND OUTLINE REVIEW
A preliminary review of the commercial potential of your novel or nonfiction book based on a foundational synopsis or outline, as well as your first chapter. The goal is to make sure your book is organized in a way that will hold readers’ attention, and also includes the crucial elements that will satisfy your intended audience. We’ll write between 3 and 5 pages of notes, which will identify
- plot holes or weak character motivation
- dragging backstory or opposition
- weak or irrelevant sections
- prose narrative style
- pacing and stakes
- foreshadowing and dramatic tension
- getting emotional investment from readers
- climax and resolution
- commercial potential
Basically, we’ll help you isolate the major pieces of your book that just aren’t ready to be published, so you can revise, rewrite and ultimately create a strong book.
* This is a passive developmental edit, or manuscript critique, which means we will look at “big picture” issues but will not manually rewrite or fix the content.
COPY-EDITING & PROOFREADING
This level includes the developmental editing and “big picture” feedback listed above, but also includes a round of copy-editing and proofreading.
- Fix typos and spelling issues
- Improve grammar and word choice
- Fix spacing and punctuation
- Prepare the book for formatting
* We will clean and enhance your book as-is, and give hundreds of suggestions on how to improve as well as identify the biggest weaknesses (as well as suggestions on how to solve them). But we won’t do heavy revision or rewriting.
STRUCTURAL & DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING
At this level, rather than just pointing out flaws, we’ll take an active role in revising or rewriting your manuscript to make the writing sing. We’ll avoid repetition and redundancy, restructure or organize, trim the slow parts or speed them up, improve the action, description, setting, pacing, sentence structure and dialogue.
We’ll improve your manuscript at every level, so readers have a much stronger, smoother and more satisfying reading experience.
* By application only – please contact us before ordering.