The eBook Alien – A Guest Post by Elyse Douglas

by Teri Kojetin on October 5, 2012

Professional Writing and Editing Services

Why pay to have your book professionally edited?

Increased sales and respect as an author.

You easily make many more times that back through recommendations and increased customers. Case in point, website I recently bought an e-book from one of the big name bloggers. I expected a professional looking book with loads of valuable advice. I was disappointed. There may have been valuable advice, plague but there were so many grammatical and spelling errors, practitioner not to mention convoluted reasoning and terrible flow, that I could barely follow along. I did not recommend this author to anyone.

On the other hand, another recent purchase was filled with advice that I already knew and I loved it. The book was written very clearly and had obviously been edited professionally. It was such a joy to read that I not only recommended it to all of my friends, but I was able to understand the material in more depth than ever before, simply because of the style of writing.

Which do you want your book to be?

Consider this. If you write an average-sized book of 40,000 words, it will only cost $800 to have me professionally edit it. If you sell your book for $15.99, it will only take 50 extra sales to pay for editing. With such a high quality book, you will not only make many more sales, but you’ll present yourself as someone who is on top of their game. People will look up to you as a trusted advisor and buy whatever you have to offer.

So what will you receive when I edit your manuscript? The full package. I check and standardize grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style. I do a thorough check for consistency of mechanics and consistency of facts and also edit cover copy, front and back material, and spot check references. I assist you in clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, smoothing language and polishing your distinct style. I work with you to analyze your target audience and make sure you’re delivering a suitable and forceful message. This may include checking or correcting reading level and, in the case of fiction, adjusting dialogue if requested. I also review plot structure, dialogue, and characterization.

In addition, I also provide structural editing. Structural editing focuses on logical organization and flow of content to render your document clear, concise, and easy to read. A structural edit will ensure your arguments make sense, your plot develops in a compelling fashion, and your information is conveyed accurately.

To get a free sample edit of your book, email your manuscript to chris@ebook-editor.com and you’ll receive your sample edit within one day. There is no obligation on your part and you receive useful feedback that will help you make an intelligent and informed decision.

Charlie Gilkey of Productive Flourishing

Charlie GilkeyTo call Chris a great editor does a disservice to his skills. He’s more of a content architect – he can take your words and paragraphs and find the best ways to put them together such that they convey your message with beauty, grace, and impact. He can do this with very little guidance, too, so it makes him a great resource for a busy creative professional who wants it to be done right but would rather not have to manage the process.

Some careers are started or skyrocket by a few well put-together words. If you need your words to be right and are ready to have someone help you take your masterpieces to the next level of polish, hire Chris. You won’t be disappointed.

Tammy Strobel of RowdyKittens.com

Tammy StrobelChris is absolutely 1st class! He is helpful, efficient and a fabulous communicator. Your finished project will go out into the world free of grammatical errors.

 

 

Karol Gajda of RidiculouslyExtraordinary.com

Karol GajdaI’d never used an editor before Chris. Mostly that’s just because I never thought how useful an editor would be. There were so many mistakes in my book The Luxury of Less that I didn’t notice that it was almost mind boggling. Chris got back to me quickly with a fully edited document (both with edits showing and edits implemented). He did a fantastic job and he’ll do you right.

 

 

Everett Bogue of FarBeyondTheStars.com

Everett BogueChris blew me way with his editing precision, swiftness, and professionalism. He turned my rough copy into publishable work overnight, making me realize just how indispensable he is as an editor.

 

 

Jules Clancy of Stonesoup

Jules ClancyChris is an absolute star. Not only is he super efficient and blessed with an eagle eye, he is a pleasure to work with and has a wicked sense of humour. Easily the best editor I’ve ever used.

 

 

We also provide developmental and professional ghostwriting services. Let us know if you are in need of these services.

Click here to contact us and get quick answers.

Professional Writing and Editing Services

Why pay to have your book professionally edited?

Increased sales and respect as an author.

You easily make many more times that back through recommendations and increased customers. Case in point, website I recently bought an e-book from one of the big name bloggers. I expected a professional looking book with loads of valuable advice. I was disappointed. There may have been valuable advice, plague but there were so many grammatical and spelling errors, practitioner not to mention convoluted reasoning and terrible flow, that I could barely follow along. I did not recommend this author to anyone.

On the other hand, another recent purchase was filled with advice that I already knew and I loved it. The book was written very clearly and had obviously been edited professionally. It was such a joy to read that I not only recommended it to all of my friends, but I was able to understand the material in more depth than ever before, simply because of the style of writing.

Which do you want your book to be?

Consider this. If you write an average-sized book of 40,000 words, it will only cost $800 to have me professionally edit it. If you sell your book for $15.99, it will only take 50 extra sales to pay for editing. With such a high quality book, you will not only make many more sales, but you’ll present yourself as someone who is on top of their game. People will look up to you as a trusted advisor and buy whatever you have to offer.

So what will you receive when I edit your manuscript? The full package. I check and standardize grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style. I do a thorough check for consistency of mechanics and consistency of facts and also edit cover copy, front and back material, and spot check references. I assist you in clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, smoothing language and polishing your distinct style. I work with you to analyze your target audience and make sure you’re delivering a suitable and forceful message. This may include checking or correcting reading level and, in the case of fiction, adjusting dialogue if requested. I also review plot structure, dialogue, and characterization.

In addition, I also provide structural editing. Structural editing focuses on logical organization and flow of content to render your document clear, concise, and easy to read. A structural edit will ensure your arguments make sense, your plot develops in a compelling fashion, and your information is conveyed accurately.

To get a free sample edit of your book, email your manuscript to chris@ebook-editor.com and you’ll receive your sample edit within one day. There is no obligation on your part and you receive useful feedback that will help you make an intelligent and informed decision.

Charlie Gilkey of Productive Flourishing

Charlie GilkeyTo call Chris a great editor does a disservice to his skills. He’s more of a content architect – he can take your words and paragraphs and find the best ways to put them together such that they convey your message with beauty, grace, and impact. He can do this with very little guidance, too, so it makes him a great resource for a busy creative professional who wants it to be done right but would rather not have to manage the process.

Some careers are started or skyrocket by a few well put-together words. If you need your words to be right and are ready to have someone help you take your masterpieces to the next level of polish, hire Chris. You won’t be disappointed.

Tammy Strobel of RowdyKittens.com

Tammy StrobelChris is absolutely 1st class! He is helpful, efficient and a fabulous communicator. Your finished project will go out into the world free of grammatical errors.

 

 

Karol Gajda of RidiculouslyExtraordinary.com

Karol GajdaI’d never used an editor before Chris. Mostly that’s just because I never thought how useful an editor would be. There were so many mistakes in my book The Luxury of Less that I didn’t notice that it was almost mind boggling. Chris got back to me quickly with a fully edited document (both with edits showing and edits implemented). He did a fantastic job and he’ll do you right.

 

 

Everett Bogue of FarBeyondTheStars.com

Everett BogueChris blew me way with his editing precision, swiftness, and professionalism. He turned my rough copy into publishable work overnight, making me realize just how indispensable he is as an editor.

 

 

Jules Clancy of Stonesoup

Jules ClancyChris is an absolute star. Not only is he super efficient and blessed with an eagle eye, he is a pleasure to work with and has a wicked sense of humour. Easily the best editor I’ve ever used.

 

 

We also provide developmental and professional ghostwriting services. Let us know if you are in need of these services.

Click here to contact us and get quick answers.

Fewer people are reading more, erectile but in more formats than ever before, sick according to the results of a series of telephone surveys carried out by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Once upon a time, on the edge of the Milky Way, there was a small blue planet spinning around the sun. Ubiquitous on that planet was a thing called traditional publishing. It had clear guidelines and rules that went something like this: the author finished his/her book, then submitted a query letter to a publishing house directly or through his/her agent. An editor at the house read the letter and made the decision to publish the book or not, based on whether the project “was right for them.” If the house agreed to publish the book, it purchased the rights from the writer and paid an advance on future royalties. The house invested in book design and packaging. They ordered as many copies of the book as they thought would sell, then marketed the book and distributed it to the public. This process could take months or even a year and then the book finally appeared in book stores.

Then, something strange happened: rectangular electronic creatures suddenly appeared. It was as if an alien craft from a 1950’s sci fi movie had burst like a fireball across the sky, crashed into earth and released it passengers, alien creatures called eBook. Fear and loathing spread throughout the publishing world, as eBook propagated itself, spreading its viral influence globally. Publishers, proofers, editors and readers paced back and forth (picture them wearing white lab coats, scrutinizing those 1950s beeping, blinking computers) searching for some way to stop this indomitable creature that could hold more than 2000 books in its little glowing body. What was the antidote? What was to be done?

It seems to me that anyone whose library consists of a Kindle lying on a table is some sort of bloodless nerd.
? Penelope Lively

There are lots of great ideas in my book, but as a cohesive unit, my book is only held together with glue at the spine.
Or it would be, if it weren’t an eBook.
? Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

I tend to turn down books originally published as eBooks. As for selling books directly to eBook publishers, I would do so only if all traditional publishers had turned them down.
? Richard Curtis

Can anyone give birth to an eBook? Yes. Any manuscript in a word processing format can very quickly be transformed into an eBook, and you, as the author, control the packaging, the pricing, the proofing and editing. The book can be placed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Apple iTunes and additional sites, where it will be available for purchase almost immediately, or certainly within a few days. Once its listed, there’s no waiting, no shipping, and no inventory storage.

There are three things to keep in mind with regard to publishing an eBook, however. First, garbage in, garbage out—even if it that garbage has a beautifully designed garbage bag. If one is a lover of the craft of writing, one should insure that the book is carefully written, edited and proofed. Secondly, a professionally designed book cover is essential. It separates the amateurs from the pros. Third, the big one. Publicity. If you do not promote your work, it will lie off in the high weeds somewhere and never be seen, even if it’s the most dazzling flower in the field.

Publishing an eBook is a great adventure. Like any adventure, it’s challenging, frustrating, rewarding and demanding. But if you love books and the process of communicating, it offers a unique and satisfying journey.

So is the eBook a good alien or a bad alien? As with any innovation, it has its detractors and admirers. People who love the feel and smell of books despair that books will disappear. They like holding a book while reading in bed or on the beach. On the other hand, some voracious readers—people who read one or more books a week— welcome the opportunity to surf the net and download as many as they want, without having to drive into a shopping mall or parking lot and spend time in a bookstore or library. For $1.99, cheaper than a movie, they can be entertained or enlightened for 8-10 hours.

As writers and avid readers, we like to think of eBooks as another option; they don’t take the place of hardback or paperback books, they are in addition to them. Sometimes we buy books in bookstores, and sometimes we download books onto our Kindle. It’s as simple as that.

As John Grisham recently said on CNN “The emergence of eBooks is phenomenal. A year ago, my last book, “The Confession” was published. It was the first time we released the digital version of the book the same day as the hardback. After one year, my total sales are 40% digital and 60% hardback and the numbers have gone up. That’s obviously good news for me because more people are reading the books.”

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse’s mother was a painter and her father a textile consultant. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers and attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. His grandfather was a gifted musician, humorist and storyteller from Kentucky.

 

Elyse Douglas’ four novels include: The Astrologer’s Daughter, Wanting Rita, The Christmas Diary and Christmas Ever After. They live in New York City.

Their new Christmas eBooks have just been released.

 

 

 

 

 

www.elysedouglas.com

http://www.facebook.com/elyse.authorsdouglas

https://twitter.com/#/douglaselyse

 

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