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Editing Process

The editing process begins with your phone call—after you have perused this site’s editing pages—including its Editing Fees page.

Do you like what you see? Then call us at 207-353-5454 or email us for a free consultation.

Your Manuscript and Its Needs.

In this free telephone consultation, we will discuss your manuscript and what you would want from our relationship.

  • Some people want periods, commas, grammar, and accurate spelling editing. We call this copy editing. We can do that for you. People choose this when they feel their manuscript is done or when they have gone as far (or as deep) as they want to go. Copy editing is about making the mechanics of the text the best they can be.
  • Other people need to know if the story is appropriately developed and if the characters make sense, etc. We call this content editing. In the complimentary consultation, we will create a context for how we might do content editing. Who will be your readers? Why will they want to read your book? What sort of theme do you wish to impart. What animated you to write? How much rewriting are you willing to undertake? As you see, content editing is best done when your editor knows you and your goals well.

Your Editor May be Your Coach, too.

In practice, if you want more than copy editing, you will find that your editor will take on the role of coach, creative consultant and technical adviser to help you to transform your manuscript.

The big-city publishing houses don’t publish books without professional editors on staff contributing to making each book the best it can be—and neither should you. Working with us you will experience the same process. Let us be your “big city” editors.

Are you ready to work with a memoir editor?

We offer an introductory package—try us for a three-hour commitment. That’s it: three hours! If we’re a fit, you ask us for more time. If we’re not a fit, we go our separate ways.

The Memoir Network

Take the next step & call us today!

207-353-5454, M-F, 9-5 ET or email us to set up an appointment. Suggest three dates and times that work for you and we will confirm one.

When you submit your manuscript or segment, please include a cover letter. It should include the title of the work and a description of where this segment fits into a larger whole.

The cover letter can also outline your general needs, your specific concerns and any broader issues you would like addressed as the editor reads your text. In other words: what are you looking for in your editor’s response?

  • “I’m worried that the dialog is stilted.”
  • “This chapter seems to lose energy and turn into a summary of my work history. How can I make it more dramatic?”
  • “I change point of view here to get the story from my uncle’s side. Is it disjointed?”
  • “Should I put the anecdote about the sewing machine in this section? It’s not chronological but it seems to fit.”

Your editor responds with notes and suggestions—either digitally or in hard copy. If you are working in a hard copy, the annotated manuscript is returned to you so you can consider the changes she suggests. We keep a copy of the annotated pages in your file  just in case they are lost in the mail and also so your editor can refer to her/his notes when consulting with you.

In an accompanying letter or phone call, your editor explains her/his notes and addresses any larger issues you have posed or that have come up as s/he reads your text.

Are you ready to work with a memoir editor?

We offer an introductory package—try us for a three-hour commitment. That’s it: three hours! If we’re a fit, you ask us for more time. If we’re not a fit, we go our separate ways.

The Memoir Network

Take the next step & call us today!

207-353-5454, M-F, 9-5 ET or email us to set up an appointment. Suggest three dates and times that work for you and we will confirm one.

Part of the Editing Process Includes Clear Explanation & Discussion of Notes

When you receive the returned manuscript—digitally or in hard copy—during the editing process, you may want to consult with your editor about specific or general notes. Telephone for an appointment at your convenience.

Often, a second revision brings you to a new level of reshaping your manuscript.

Your editor may recommend changes on text you’ve already changed! That’s because, as you re-work a particular section, earlier or later segments need to incorporate those changes, too.

Setting the pace of the project and determining when it’s “done” is up to you—with encouragement and support from your editor, whose job is always to push a little! That’s because the editor’s job includes holding you to the goals you’ve articulated or helping you to revise them as you work.

If you’ve been working on your own, you’ll be amazed at how this accountability and encouragement will effect your output.

Suggestions for re-working may include changes in organization, style, tone, point of view, unity of voice, grammatical usage, or new approaches to shaping, creating effective transitions between sections, expanding or tightening up your manuscript.

Your editor may suggest that you read, or journal, or work on specific techniques, not just change this word for that one.

Your editor may offer specific suggestions for rewriting a paragraph, and s/he may discuss broader issues of character development or setting.

Are you ready to work with a memoir editor?

We offer an introductory package—try us for a three-hour commitment. That’s it: three hours! If we’re a fit, you ask us for more time. If we’re not a fit, we go our separate ways.

The Memoir Network

Take the next step & call us today!

207-353-5454, M-F, 9-5 ET or email us to set up an appointment. Suggest three dates and times that work for you and we will confirm one.

The Editing Process Requires A “Fit”?

Whether you want copy editing or content editing, we’ll suggest our Trial Editing Plan: a 3-hour commitment that gives us a chance to get acquainted. Your editor gets to review your work and make very real suggestions, and you get to sample how we can collaborate to polish your story.

It works like this:

  • You send a sample portion of your manuscript (20 to 30 double-spaced, typed pages) and a payment (check, credit card, or PayPal) for $240.
  • Your editor reads and responds exactly as she will if you contract with us for your full project.

The charge for this introductory editing is $240.

Take the next step.

Call 207-353-5454, M-F, 9-5 ET to set up an appointment.

You can also email us.

Suggest three dates and times that work for you for a phone consultation and we will confirm one.

Ready to sign up for our trial editing package?

The Memoir Network