Editing: The Essential Element, Wherever Your Manuscript is Headed
It’s an open secret in the publishing industry today that overworked editors, and agents as well, demand that a manuscript be pre-edited before submission. That’s because editors faced with meeting an increasingly ruthless bottom line no longer have the time–and often they do not have the ability–to edit or work with authors in the time-honored way. For that essential job, then, you would do well to consider hiring an experienced professional.
The Round House Press offers editing at several levels:
- Copyediting/Line Editing (e.g. correcting grammar, syntax, typos, paragraph and sentence structure, word use)
- Developmental (e.g., seeing the big picture, flow/pacing, organization, telling the story, structure, style)
- Rewriting / Ghostwriting
- Critique / Evaluation
- Query letters (the all-important introductory tool) and book proposals (without which your work will not be considered by agents or editors)
We Especially Love Family Memoirs
One of the types of projects we particularly invite is that of family memoirs. Our elders and others have stories–often fascinating and instructive–that are too often lost, when they could easily be preserved, especially in this age of on-demand publishing. Working with family members, we can create a paperback or hardbound book, complete with family photos, that will be a priceless gift to present and future generations.
A Publishing Icon Describes What Editors (at Their Best) Do for Writers:
“It was an old-fashioned book publisher who decided that William Styron’s work was worth reading in the first place…As Mr. Styron himself later said, both [Hiram] Haydn and his subsequent Random House editor, Robert Loomis, had a ‘genius for catching me out in my weakest or most slipshod moments, but never tried to impose their ideas on mine. It’s the moral support that’s been so valuable.”
–Jonathan Galassi, president of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, in a New York Times Op-Ed, January 3, 2010