Editing & Self-Publishing

 

BookWorthy™ Editing Services


You’ve worked hard to write a compelling, inspiring and informative story. Now is not the time to skimp on the finishing touches that can attract potential readers to your book and turn them into clients, loyal fans and happy reviewers.

If you plan to sell your book to the public or use your book to grow your business in any way or launch your entry into the world of public speaking, then hiring a professional editor and a professional designer is critical.

Let’s face it: People still judge a book by its cover. You might have written the next New York Times best seller, but if the cover is poorly designed, it will be dismissed. And if you overlook multiple spelling or grammatical errors – or make basic layout and design mistakes – then you’ll probably receive more negative reviews than shining recommendations.

Each book that you write is a reflection of you. Don’t risk compromising your reputation or brand. Allow me to help you make the best impression possible.

Writing an E-book?

Note that the BookWorthy™ services listed on this page are based on traditional book formats.

If you desire editing and/or self-publishing assistance for your e-book, please contact me and provide
me with some information about your book. I will promptly respond with an estimate and plan of action.

How It Works


The process begins with a free 15-minute book consultation. During this telephone conversation, we discuss your book and goals to determine if we should work together. This last part is important.

Maybe you’re looking for something I can’t provide; if so, I’ll be upfront about it and you’re free to go elsewhere. Maybe you wrote a science fiction novel or screenplay (reminder: I work exclusively with nonfiction and historical fiction authors). Maybe it’s simply that our personalities clash.

It’s important that we’re comfortable with each other and capable of meeting each other’s professional goals. If we agree that we meet that criteria, we will proceed.

Work commences once the written agreement has been reviewed and signed by both parties, and the initial payment is received.

Your manuscript receives an initial comprehensive developmental edit, with markups in the margins explaining the changes and offering suggestions. After you review the markups, we get on the phone to discuss the edits and address your questions.

After you make necessary changes to the manuscript, I review the story again, making further corrections/changes. We go back and forth several times in this manner until your manuscript flows smoothly, incorporates all necessary elements to meet your goals and is polished.

Your story then receives a separate line edit, catching any remaining spelling or grammatical errors. It is then sent to you for one final review.

Know that we remain in frequent contact throughout the process, which typically takes 8-12 weeks.

 

BookWorthy™ Editing


  • Comprehensive developmental editing
  • Professional line edit & proofreading of manuscript
  • A complete manuscript review by client after each edit and a final review before printing
  • Unlimited email correspondence
  • Up to three hours of 1-on-1 telephone consultations

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Experience You Can Trust

Review samples of my past work.   Read testimonials from my previous clients. 

Attention Entrepreneurs & Business Owners!

The BookWorthy™ editing, self-publishing and combo services may be tax-deductible business expenses.
Check with a qualified accountant in your local area.

BookWorthy™ Self-Publishing Services


You’ve written your story and the manuscript has been edited.

Now it’s time to transform your basic Microsoft Word document into a beautifully designed book. This is where the assistance of a professional graphic designer – specifically, one experienced with book layout and design – is invaluable.

You’ve undoubtedly read many books in your lifetime, but do you know how to emulate them? Do you know all of the minor details that, once combined, create the seamless, beautiful layout that you – and all of your readers – have come to expect in a published book?

Do you know which print-on-demand company is right for your specific book? Do you understand the upload and listing process for each online book seller?

Yes, you can learn to do all of this on your own through trial and error. But if you would like to save time and prevent unnecessary frustration by hiring me to oversee all of the myriad details and benefit from my twenty years of experience in the self-publishing industry, then click the button below to schedule your 15-minute complimentary book consultation.

How It Works


During your initial book consultation, you will be asked a number of questions to help the graphic designer understand your vision. What do you want your finished book to look like?

Following the initial consultation, you will provide your final, edited draft of the manuscript via e-mail in Microsoft Word format. It will then be forwarded to the graphic designer who will incorporate your ideas and requests. Note that the designer may not be able to use all of your ideas, and may have insights that you might never have considered.

You will then receive a sample proof of a portion of the book for your approval. If you’re not pleased with it, it will go back to the drawing board. If you like it but want some modifications, they will be made. Keep in mind, however, that the designer always has your best interests in mind. If you suggest something and the designer cautions against using it, then it would behoove you to adhere to the designer’s recommendations as he or she is intimately aware of the printing process and reader preferences.

As the book is designed, you and I enter into a series of discussions to determine the best printer for your book. Many variables determine which printer to use, including your design preferences, target audience and end goals.

Once the printer is selected, we can discuss book marketing ideas and author platform-building strategies, if desired. Note that these are merely tips and resources for you to implement; they are not done on your behalf, nor do they carry a guarantee of success.

BookWorthy™ Self-Publishing

Transform from aspiring writer to published author with this self-publishing package.

  • Layout and Design (interior and cover)
  • Printer selection based on your unique needs and goals
  • Complete project management, including the upload of the finished file to printer
  • Book marketing and platform-building tips and suggestions

BookWorthy™ Combo Package

Save when you bundle the BookWorthy™ editing & self-publishing services!

 

 

Your satisfaction with my services is my top priority. If you are ever unhappy with any aspect of my service, let me know and I will do everything in my power to remedy the situation.

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About Dalene


Dalene Bickel is an author, book coach and speaker who helps nonfiction authors successfully write, develop and self-publish their books.