I LOVE BOOK EDITING, and have done this full
time for several years. But since I am now focusing on my own book writing and
publishing projects, I am accepting only a couple of editing jobs a year. At this time, only the following types of manuscripts
Memoirs and Biographies
Books for the Christian Marketplace
Novels that are uplifting in nature
In nonfiction, I prefer to edit and critique manuscripts that relate to my lifetime of experience
and mirror my personal interests,
Christian beliefs, as reflected throughout this website.
As a lifelong reader of popular fiction, I am highly qualified to edit
and critique novels and skilled in writing dialogue (a problem for most
critique manuscripts that aren't yet ready for editing, and
offer telephone consultations
with authors who need guidance in getting started as a self-publisher.
As my satisfied clients confirm, I offer much more than mere editing services to the authors I choose to
work with. (See below for some of the interesting
and unusual books I've enjoyed editing, with links to the author's comments about
my editing services.)
"Barbara puts her whole heart and mind into helping authors be
at their best." - Michael Dinius, author of Targeting Teamwork
"I felt as though I had struck gold when I found Barbara on
the Internet." Faith Stoddard, author of My Life With Tourette
If you'd like to work with me, do query me as instructed on the following page and perhaps our
schedules will allow us to work
together. If your book falls into a category other than those above, I will be happy to
refer you to a highly qualified editorial associate of mine who will welcome your inquiry.
STYLE MANUAL USED: The
Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Ed.,
(the standard style guide used by the majority of trade book
Editing Options and Fees
SEE THE NEXT PAGE
for information about your two book editing options and fees, how to request a quote, or chat
with me for a few minutes to get answers to any questions you may have about working with me.
NOTE: If you think your manuscript may need some
major rewriting or reorganization of
content before it's ready for editing, check
my BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUING
service, which if used could substantially cut your editing costs.
Manuscript Submission Guidelines
and Editing with Tracking
MS WORD MANUSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED for the electronic editing I do with tracking,
and authors are expected to know how to accept or reject changes I've tracked
and respond to editing queries in comment notes within the manuscript.
Note that I am still using MS Word
2003 because this software is perfect for writing eBooks and also enables me to
do my own typesetting. So far, I've had no problems in working with authors who
are using the latest versions of this
TIP: In preparing a manuscript for editing or eBook conversion, it is best to
save it as a .doc file rather than a .docx file because many self-publishers have reported conversion errors with
Word documents saved with the .docx extension.
Book Manuscript Formatting Tips:
Important Guidelines for Authors Who Are
Self-Publishing POD Books or eBooks
Says one reader, "Your Book Manuscript Formatting Tips advice is outstanding
. . . the best and most helpful on the Internet."
About Electronic Editing and Tracking: Some editors on the Web prefer to work with a printed copy of
a book manuscript, which means the author has to duplicate all the changes made
on the paper copy. Electronic on-screen editing, however, is not only easier and faster for the editor—resulting in a lower editing fee—but a great time-saver and learning experience
for the author. (See related article:
Electronic Editing—A Great Way to
Learn How to Improve Your Writing.)
Praise from satisfied
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