The Mouse Tamer Manuscript Services

By: The Mouse Tamer  09-12-2011
Keywords: Publishing, Writing, Editor

Manuscript Services

Will your manuscript meet the requirements of today's publishers? Is it marketable? Do the technical aspects of publishing confuse you or scare you? You write, we can handle the rest. You don't even have to know how to use a computer. Our editors, typists, proofreaders and graphic artists are professionally trained to get your book ready for publishing.

Every writer needs an editor -- even bestselling authors. Editing makes the best writing even better.People are accustomed to reading good books that have been polished by the book editing process. Most books in print have been examined by an editor. The book editor's job is to make good writing even better. When writing has not undergone the book editing process, a reader can tell -- it seems amateurish or unrefined, the writer stumbles over the sentences and will often abandon the book.

A book reviewer can tell if a book has been edited or not, so don't take a chance! A good book editor will not strip your writing of its personality. A good book editor will make the true nature of your writing shine forth by removing the superfluous and letting your voice come through to the reader. Editing is not an option, it is a necessity, if you want your book to sell commercially.

If you are not sure what level of editing your book needs you can submit a manuscript to us for a brief review and estimate free of charge -- an often expensive service for self publishing writers.

What is Editing?

There are many levels of editing, from copy editing to complete revisions

There are many other things to look for when editing a book. All of them cannot be listed here.

Don't compromise your writing! Hire an experienced book designer to present your ideas in an attractive, commercial manner

Readers are accustomed to buying and reading books that employ professional book design to emotionally communicate and support the writer's message. The process of book design -- selecting type and ornaments, stylizing headings and paragraphs, front matter and back matter design, and page layout -- is a learned skill that requires a thorough knowledge of book design principals and the printing process.

Designers know the idiosyncrasies of book design -- standard sizes; acceptable gutters and margins; ink tolerance; treatment for elements such as footnotes, endnotes, sidebars, pull quotes, titling, bulleting, and features page counts and signatures; folios; and front and back matter. Book production is a craft requiring great skill.

An improperly designed book may be difficult to read or look homemade. Either way, its message might not be taken seriously by readers, and the book may be passed over by buyers, stores, distributors, and reviewers.

Design

Design involves conceptualizing the theme based on your ideas for your book, subject matter, industry trends, market trends, audience expectation, and competitor approaches. It includes format suggestions, image concepts, type suggestions, color suggestions, proofing processes, and template preparation.

Design is a 3-step process

Many designers charge clients a large fee for several concepts. We feel one concept is enough -- as long as it is the right one. That is why we spend extra time on steps 1 and 2 of the design process. Establishing a mutual understanding of "the idea" is key. You save money and we save time.

Typesetting and Layout

Professional design lends credibility to the subject matter and presents it in a way that is not only appealing and enjoyable but easily interpreted. Just as good typography and design enhance content, poor typography and design destroy it. Distracting type, ugly or cheap clip art, and typesetting inconsistencies detract from the message of the writing.

Levels of information (heads, subheads, bullets, numbers, etc.) can be confusing if not formatted with consistency of style. A professional designer / typographer understands the process of translating information into appropriate type styles. A poorly designed or homemade-looking book does your book an injustice.

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Keywords: book design, book editing, Book Editor, Editor, Manuscript Services, Publishing, Self Publishing, Writing