Book Developmental Editing,
Line Editing & Copyediting

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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. And a line 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, and flesh out characters and actions. It's the bigger-picture view, the panorama, to help define the book’s form, create believable dialogue, and connect the dots for ensured transitional storytelling.

Line editing follows but with a different focus. It's word-obsessed, poetic, targeting style, voice, syntax, movement, rhythm of your words and paragraph structures . . . how you tell your story.

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

Next up? We move to the copyediting phase. This stage is about the mechanics of grammar, punctuation, and spelling with fact-checking and red flags on story and word-usage inconsistencies and reader-sensitivity issues.

Then we're ready for the final phase: proofing. My team member performs a proof of the completed manuscript via an editorial eye. Since she hasn't seen the manuscipt prior, we get fresh eyes on the project and added feedback. That's followed by my final review and approval of her findings.

You can exhale. AnnCastro Studio honors 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. As book editor, I'm the midwife, easing your journey and ensuring your best book delivery.

Self-publishing authors. You are applauded and encouraged here. I'm a champion of self-publishing efforts—especially because it widens the field for storytelling. More voices heard . . . more stories told. I'll help you strengthen your manuscript (fiction or nonfiction) and lend a hand with marketing content: author bios, PRs, social media/website content, one-sheets, and more.

Self-publishing 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. It's where I got my start years ago. 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. I'm 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
  • line editingword-focused, style, voice, movement, syntax
  • copyeditingembracing the basics [punctuation, grammar, spelling, spacing, consistent word usages, fact-checking] or moving deeper into medium and heavier copyediting levels
  • sensitivity readalerting you to wording or stereotypes that may be regarded as bias-based
  • ghostwriting with an editorial eyeclarity, form, 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