At Together Editing & Design, we will get to know you and your unique writing, and help you realize your aims for your book. We will help you identify your target audience and then facilitate your relationship with that audience through comments like "As a reader, I want to know more about this…" and "I lose the thread here—connect back to the main argument." This reader-based approach provides a logic for the requested changes that is more likely to stay with you and inform your writing in the future.
We offer a wide range of developmental editing and copyediting feedback, including but not limited to suggestions for organization, flow, reader comprehension, word choice, syntax, and character/argument development.
With the glut of self-published books of questionable quality on the market, attending to all of the small details is one way to build your reputation and draw readers. We strongly advise proofreading for all manuscripts—the value for readers cannot be overstated.
Proofreading can only be done when the book is "word-final," that is, once you are completely finished polishing the text. We review your draft for proper punctuation, potential reprint permission issues, and any deviations from the publisher's requirements for front matter, font size, and so on. We also carefully check the table of contents, heading styles, and formatting.
We also strongly recommend supporting any factual, statistical, or historical claims in your book through the use of citations. For books published under the Together Editing Press imprint, this careful approach is required.
Whenever you tell readers something factual, they immediately think, "Oh, yeah? How do you know? Why should I believe you?" Careful attention to your citations conveys the vital message that you are knowledgeable and have been very careful to build your argument, thus adding validity to all of your words.
Many publishers have a preferred style they use for citations and bibliographies (reference lists). Our staff is proficient with a number of styles:
We are also very comfortable applying the style guidelines and requests of a particular publisher, journal, or institution as needed. (At Together Editing Press, we use either HBR or Chicago style.)
Citation and bibliography review can be full service, with our editors filling in any missing information through research; or, we can provide detailed guidelines so you can handle as many of these details as you want to.