services.

 

Our services are designed to meet the needs of each individual client. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.  This is just a sampling of some of the work we are called upon to do most regularly.

Book Development
All books start with a good idea. We will help you develop, shape, and refine that idea and determine the most effective and compelling way to present it in book form. 

Proposal Writing
Writing a book proposal is often one of a writer’s most challenging tasks, yet it is one of the most critical. A well-crafted book proposal is your chance to get others interested in, and excited about, your book. It provides an opportunity to detail your book’s original contribution, the need it fills, and its marketability. An effective and persuasive proposal will not only land you a book contract, it will be used by your publisher’s editorial, sales, and marketing teams throughout the publication process. We will work with you on every aspect of this essential document, creating a proposal that will get your book the attention it deserves.

Developmental Editing
We will work with you to transform your manuscript into a powerful book. Focusing on structure, organization, readability, flow, and style, we will be sure your content is being delivered in the most effective manner. We can help you develop an outline that will guide you as you write each chapter, editing the material as you write, and/or when a full draft is complete.

Line Editing
A good line edit will ensure that you deliver the strongest possible manuscript. We will edit for style, consistency, precision and tone at the sentence and paragraph level to ensure your language is clear and effective, your message is compelling and persuasive, and your words and ideas are precise and jargon-free.

Literary Representation
Although not a full service agency, if your work falls into one of our areas of focus, Word can help you place your work with a press. We specialize in serious non-fiction and have extensive editorial contacts in scholarly, independent, and trade publishing.

Consultation
We provide consultation on a wide variety of publishing and book-related matters. We have significant expertise helping writers navigate the publishing process, especially those seeking publication by scholarly presses. We can provide guidance about editorial, marketing, and promotion matters, platform-building, and contract negotiation.  We can also discuss your needs and expectations and how to most effectively communicate them to your publisher.

Editorial and Project Management
Our clients include individual writers, publishing houses, literary agencies, university departments, and a variety of other organizations. We are available to manage editorial projects of all sizes and will partner with you to organize, develop and deliver content in a variety of formats.

Writing
In addition to books, we regularly work with clients to develop and write articles, essays, op-eds, website content, and grant proposals.

Presentations
We are available to give presentations about navigating the publishing process, especially the scholarly publishing process, and have done this for university faculty development organizations and programs.