The ABCs Of Book Editing Part 4

Often I ask a freelance book editor what standards they are using to proofread, and they had no idea themselves. Publishing standards are ambiguous at imp source, and can change from month-to-month depending on literary trends. Even though many authors are talented writers and even spectacular at grammar, they should never be the book editor of Katzung Pharmacology 13th Edition PDF own project. I repeat, do not be the primary book editor of your own book! An excellent, well-presented book is only possible with professional and quality book editing. An unqualified freelance editor will demean other areas of your hard work.

How does one find the right type of book editor and publishing services for their unique project?

A benefit of working with book publishing companies is the connection to other industry professionals. A book packager should have a rolodex of publishing contacts from inside the publishing network who are experienced. When packaging and printing books, you’ll want to know the best book editors and book printers to employ, and a book project manager will resolve this quickly. On top of their skills, experienced contacts bring cooperation and cohesiveness to a project, especially when they are used to working together. In an effective book publishing company, the illustrator has already worked with the layout designer for several previous projects, the copyeditor is used to working with the project manager, and each person knows their role in the book’s journey. Cooperation and easy communication between a familiar team is both time- and cost-efficient. By hiring freelancers individually, you run the risk of employing people who have never worked with one another, who have unbeknownst levels of different skills and expertise. This often leads to difficult communication and disjointed work.

The Bottom Line: You get what you pay for… which can be a disaster in book publishing! Sacrifices in the book’s editing quality, or a mistake big enough to “stop the presses” is incredibly costly-and far more likely to occur with a collection of independent freelancers. Hiring freelance takes time, money and a little blind faith from the author wanting to publish. For some, the lesser cost and independence of finding their own freelancers is enough to overlook the risks in a book’s quality and results. However, investing more money for the assurance of expert management and consultation from a book publishing company will be your best investment.