- Book proposals
- Coordinating and assembling anthology contributions
- Manuscript assembly
- Writing Coach
- Publishing Agent
- Developmental, Structural, Copy Editing, and Proof-Reading
- Conceptualization: Creative ideas are abundant. How can they be corralled? How can you select one or more and develop them into a concept appropriate for a book? By asking questions about your project, I begin by clarifying your vision for your book. Together we map out a way forward, gauging capacity and laying down a process that works for you.
- Queries: A query is the first contact with prospective publishers. It is a letter of introduction and includes the briefest synopsis of your project. It should stimulate sufficient interest to lead a publisher to follow through.
- Book proposals: A lengthy document, a book proposal follows a successful query. Its structure is prescribed, generally including a description of the book, a working table of contents, a synopsis of each chapter, a tentative production schedule, its proposed length, a list of competing titles, author/editor biographies, marketing suggestions, and possible reviewers. The book proposal is the vehicle for marketing your book to prospective publishers who will offer a contract to you on the basis of its strengths. My book proposals ensure timeliness and persuasiveness.
- Coordinating and assembling anthology contributions: An anthology is a collection of writing by a number of authors who make individual contributions to a book. One popular genre is the essay, but anything can be used in accordance with the editor’s concept: life writing, research papers, photo journalism, and more. The publishing coach takes care of all of the background work needed to pull the project together. This may involve communicating with the individual authors, ensuring all contributions conform to style, creating a chapter order, meeting deadlines, dealing with author queries, administrative tasks, and ensuring each piece fits perfectly into the whole.
- Manuscript assembly: For monographs, this involves my input into the structure and development of the manuscript, supporting the author, and providing guidance as needed. What usually works well is a breakdown of the process into multiple stages and a review of multiple drafts. For anthologies, manuscript assembly involves the collection of all of the authors’ contributions, determining a chapter order, creating a table of contents, and assembling author biographies, index, back cover promotional information, and other elements of the book.
- Research: A customized service, I can provide research on the substantive subject matter, history and context, contact with experts, biographies, fact-checking, library research, and original field research. For interviews, ethics guidelines are followed and appropriate documents are employed.
- Writing Coach: Once you have conceptualized your project, you may seek assistance with the writing process. Structured or open, regular or occasional, coaching can involve brief daily check-ins or intense interaction with you as you generate drafts. A blend of coaching styles often suits an author’s needs. Whatever the approach, I ensure that your book gets done.
- Publishing Agent: Acting as your liaison with prospective publishers, I take your book proposal or completed manuscript to appropriate publishing houses. I follow up with them until one or more offers you a publishing contract.
- Developmental, Structural, Copy Editing, and Proof-Reading: The most general in scope, developmental editing requires a sensitive attendance to your writing to ensure a careful and precise consistency between the concept and its development. I read for impact, clarity, and detail. Structural editing focuses on the mechanical formatting of the book’s components so that it reflects a logical presentation of your ideas. In my copy-editing role, I make all necessary corrections to typing, syntax, and punctuation errors and improve all stylistic errors where necessary. Similar to copy-editing, proof-reading is done for successive drafts, concentrating on minor errors. The goal is to produce a manuscript that it is as close to perfect as possible.
- Indexing: Sometimes required by publishers (or expected by readers), indexing involves the methodical review of every line of text and the assembly of key words and concepts. These are formatted into categories and sub-categories and presented alphabetically at the end of the book. A painstaking task that many authors wish to avoid, indexing is a service that I am happy to provide to you.
Areas of specialty
Social Sciences and Humanities
Social and Oral Histories
Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Life Writing
Publishers to date
McGill-Queen’s University Press
State University of New York Press