Book Developmental Editing
& Editorial Services

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Ground zero. The build, the tensions between your protagonist and antagonistic forces to propel story, movement, a poetic edge. Your vision for the book—fiction or nonfiction—needing to be birthed.

Hemingway, Faulkner, and all the other big boppers needed a developmental editor. Chances are you do too.

Heart of it: Fueling your creative process. A book developmental editor flies at a higher altitude, giving insight and helping you get down to the bones of your deeper thoughts, concretize elements, flesh out characters and actions that define the book’s form, create believable dialogue, and connect the dots for ensured transitional storytelling.

Each element moves you closer to becoming a better writer, exploring untapped creativity and developing a book project with current market trends in mind.

More editing levels: Guiding you through a gamut of editorial steps, whatever your manuscript dictates—from developmental editing to line editing (lighter developmental edting level), sensitivity reading (to flag and remove biases), substantive editing (rewrites), copyediting (baseline, medium, heavy), and proofing (for a completed manuscript and pre-press/formatted layout, a graphic proof). We can even ghostwrite your book.

You can exhale: We honor you—the author—within the creative process. The final editorial decisions rest in your hands. After all, it's your book, your vision, your baby. We're the midwives, easing your journey and ensuring your best book delivery.

Self-publishing authors: Developmental editor Ann Castro started years ago with traditional publishing clients, but strongly supports self-publishing authors—helping them strengthen their stories, characters, writing, rhythm, movement, pacing, as well as creating author bios, PRs, social media/website content, one-sheets, and more.

Hip-hip-hooray story. Ann is thrilled one of her author-clients reached a coveted sweet spot—a self-publishing, first-time author (smart story, great character ideas) whose first book struck double gold: IPPY gold medal award (Young Adult Fiction, e-book category) and Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards gold medal (teenage division). And now their author-editorial partnership continues across different genres, from YA dystopian fiction to an adult psychological thriller series.

Traditional-publishing authors: Two of the high-level book collaborations (combination of writing/ghostwriting, developmental editing, book editing, and proposal writing) done with/for clients were released by major publishers and became NY Times bestsellers. Another was the publisher's lead book for the year it was released.

Is traditional publishing your goal? Excellent. We're ready to journey with you on that process, from book developmental editing to various levels of book editing, ghostwriting, book proposals, query letters, author bios/PRs, social media content, and more.

Editorial Services:

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  • developmental editing [structural development]specific, intentional, encouraging, understandable
  • sensitivity readalerting you to wording or stereotypes that may be regarded as bias-based
  • line editingscaled-down developmental edit, deeper than copyediting for clarity, transition, consistency, red-flag alerts
  • copyeditingembracing the basics [punctuation, grammar, spelling, spacing, consistent word usages] or moving deeper into medium and heavier copyediting levels
  • ghostwriting & substantive editing [rewriting]clarity, transition, consistency
  • proofingeyeing what's left behind
  • graphic editing/proofingthat final review of a formatted manuscript prior to digital upload or print
  • publishing readinessbook proposals, query letters, author bios/PRs, back cover blurbs, one-sheets, content marketing for social media/sites, eblasts