“There should be no crying in copyediting.” – Carol Fisher Saller, The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago
Inkwater editors perform three types of editing—copyediting, line editing, and developmental editing. The kind of editing your manuscript needs will be determined by a sample edit. Changes are made using Track Changes in Microsoft Word and then submitted to the author for approval before the book moves on to the design process.
Inkwater editors also offer tutorials for authors who are looking to improve their craft. This hourly service is for all levels—whether you already have a manuscript or are just beginning to tell your story. Topics are customized to the author’s needs, and can range from the basics of grammar and mechanics to deeper issues like creating engaging characters, building tension in a scene, or writing effective dialogue.
Inkwater’s editors will help you improve your manuscript to meet the highest literary standards—whether or not you intend to publish with us. Inkwater editors also offer ghostwriting services for all kinds of books. If you have an idea for a book but not the time or desire to write it, please contact us for more information.
Why Editing Is Important
Inkwater encourages every author to invest in professional editing, as it is crucial to the credibility of the published work. Nothing will turn a book reviewer or literary agent away more quickly than discovering mistakes in grammar, spelling, or sentence structure—not to mention plot holes, unexplained POV shifts, wordiness, redundancy, or long passages of telling instead of showing. These things disrupt the flow and distract the reader, and professionals in the book world will not take the book seriously. It is also difficult to market a book that hasn’t been edited properly. Our editorial staff has over thirty years of editing experience in literary, academic, and professional fields.
Frequently Asked Editing Questions
What is copyediting?
Why should I get editing?
Will the editor change the voice of my book? This is my story and I want it to sound a certain way.
Will the editor fact-check my book?
What if I don't like some of the edits?
Editing means my book will be perfect, right?
My neighbor is an English professor and already looked over my book. Do I still need professional editing?
Will the designers make corrections when they see mistakes in my manuscript?
When in the publishing process should my manuscript be edited?
Can I still make changes to my book after I've approved my edit?
I'm still writing parts of my manuscript; should I send what I have so far so the editor can get started?
How long will it take for my book to get edited?
Do I need a special computer program for editing?
Optical character recognition, or OCR, converts printed (typed) pages to a digital format. Cost: $2.00 per page. Details: All manuscripts need to be in a digital format for the editing and design processes. If the author’s manuscript is only available in printed format, we can scan the work into digital format using an OCR scanner. Depending upon the condition of the document being scanned, the OCR process is not always perfect. We look the document over for obvious errors. We also ask authors to review the digital copies of their manuscripts for errors that may have occurred during the OCR process.
Hand-Written Manuscript Conversion
Convert hand-written or heavily hand-annotated printed pages to a digital format. Cost: $10.00 per page. Details: We can convert hand-written manuscripts into a digital Word document, which then will allow us to edit and/or design the manuscript for publication. Because this process is so labor-intensive, the charge is $10 per page (8.5 x 11) for these services.