Editorial Services - Publishing Spot FAQs
One of our core beliefs at Publishing Spot is that your book is your voice. We don't want to change your voice at all; however, we can make suggestions if you would like. Our Line Editing service is designed to ensure that your words are accurate and proper, so that the reading public can follow your message. If you need more in-depth editing, Developmental Editing is an excellent option. With this service, we will address areas such as plot, flow, and character development.
I have just written a book in Spanish (French, German, Russian . . . ). Can I get copyediting?
Publishing Spot's editors work in English only. We may be able to recommend an outside editorial service for your language of choice.
I trust your editor. Can I just accept all changes to save time?
You can, but we don't encourage it. Our editors are very skilled, but sometimes, if you have written a sentence that deliberately goes against our house stylebook (The Chicago Manual of Style), and the editor changes it, you may want to reject that change. By looking through the entire manuscript and each suggestion, you can ensure that your book retains the voice and style you wanted, while correcting any errors our editor has found.
Will I be able to talk with my editor?
Confidentiality is essential for an atmosphere of professional honesty. Just as we protect our authors’ privacy by prohibiting our editors from disclosing information from any editing done, we likewise do not disclose our editors’ identities. Maintaining this confidential relationship allows our editors to provide straightforward, honest feedback. Our contract with our editors requires us to keep their identities private, so we can’t allow authors to personally speak with their editor. If you have brief, specific questions regarding your editing, you can contact us via live chat or send an email to email@example.com
What’s so important about editorial quality?
Higher editorial quality can give you more credibility as an author, while a book that is filled with errors can hurt an author’s reputation. No matter how you publish your book, you’ve made a promise to your readers that it contains all the elements expected in a professionally published work.
Why should I use Publishing Spot’s editorial services, rather than having a friend edit the book?
Quite simply, because you care about quality. Publishing Spot offers a wide range of editorial services so that you can choose the level of editing you feel your book needs. Your friend may be a good speller or a grammar whiz, but our editors are experts in the field of publishing, using industry-standard resources and rules to make your book the best it can be. We double-check every manuscript for quality before it comes back to the author for review.
Why do I need to do the author review process?
When the edited manuscript comes back to you, it is important to go through it page by page and word by word. Our editors are very skilled, but in the end, no one knows your book better than you do. You may disagree with a change the editor has made, and the author review process is the only chance you’ll have to make those changes (or add or delete new material) before the book goes to design, production, and galleys.