If you decide to self-publish you must honour your readers by assuming personal responsibility for the same professional duties performed by the best publishers. You're responsible for hiring professionals, to help you edit, revise and proofread your manuscript.
Mark Coker, founder, Smashwords
Self-publishing is increasing in popularity. The digital revolution now enables you to produce your own material in more inventive ways, and for very little financial outlay. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, as Mark Coker points out, it is crucial that your book stands out for the right reasons.
Gale’s excellent advice goes far beyond the bare necessities of editing. Vitally, she proffers honest opinions, which help me as an author to step back from my writing to critically appraise my efforts.
Arnie Arnstein, author
How can I help?
I have worked with many successful, self-published authors, providing manuscript assessment, coaching and mentoring (see Literary consultancy and One-on-one consultancy), as well as editorial services, and can help you to:
achieve your text’s full potential, turning it from a good idea into a good read
ensure that your message is clear and easily understood, your narrative flows smoothly, and your plot and characterization are plausible
tidy up spelling, punctuation, grammar and consistency, and remove any silly errors
recognize where your work succeeds and where it could be improved
strengthen your structure
circumvent unnecessary and inadvertent criticism
make your book more commercially viable
have confidence that your text is the best it can be
The help and advice provided by Gale … were invaluable. In many places the changes she suggested were small but they improved my book dramatically and in ways I could never have done on my own.
Colin M. Drysdale, award-winning author