The Editorial State of the Media

As editors, readers, and writers here at Cogitate, we’re concerned with the integrity of the news and entertainment many consume every day. We’ve always advocated for critical consumption, and there has never been a more important time than now to be aware of the sources of our daily info and entertainment diets because today most of our media is controlled by one of six companies. To understand the modern lay of the media land, here is a  helpful graphic below from Frugal Dad, which very elegantly demonstrates the state of media consolidation in the United States:


Media Consolidation Infographic

Source: Frugal dad


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~The Editors

Basic Book-Editing Services

Reader’s Reports


A reader’s report is the fastest, least expensive way to assess the state of one’s work. Whether it’s a short story, inspirational memoir, fictional novel, nonfiction book, old query letter, or new book proposal, we give the …

Query Letters


The material to include in your query letter is essential to snagging the attention of that agent or editor you’re gunning for. The relatively small real estate of a one-page query letter forces us to articulate our …

Book Proposals


A strong, well-structured book proposal significantly increases your chances of seeing your book through the editing process. Sometimes you don’t have to write an entire manuscript before submitting a proposal. In the case of many non-fiction and …



Many different walks of life have hired us to ghostwrite for them and, in each case, we’ve had varying degrees of involvement. Sometimes we’ve been hired to edit and clean up a rough draft, and other times …

Developmental Editing


Developmental editing more radically addresses the content of a work and can refer to any number of editorial landscapes: • Main premise • Plot structure • Character development • Overall organization • Writing style • Word choice • Dialogue And more. This kind of …



Copyediting requires attention to every word in a manuscript, a thorough knowledge of the style to be followed, and the ability to make quick, logical, and defensible decisions. This type of editing, sometimes referred to as line …



Proofreading is the last major stage of the editing process. As always, reading and consistent marking remain essential. When we proofread, we read word-for-word, noting all punctuation, paragraphing, capitalization, and italics, and ensure that any editing has …

Edited Titles News

Susie Pearl’s “Instructions” American Launch

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As we’ve said before, of all the nonfiction authors we’ve worked with over the years, author and media guru Susie Pearl has one of the most buoyant, can-do attitudes we’ve ever had the pleasure of editing for. She’s always happy, and this vibrant character and experienced voice comes through in her writing. That’s …

Simons Foundation News


In addition to working with book publishers and individual authors, we also proofread and copyedit literature for quite a few nonprofits, including the Simons Foundation, a stellar science and mathematics organization whose mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences through generous grants and …

Impossible Loves: Essays by Erin McNellis


We are pleased to announce the recent publication of a book we both worked on earlier this year called Impossible Loves, a collection of essays by Erin McNellis, out this month in paperback from Paper Rock Tiger, an emerging press based out of Seattle. We copyedited the manuscript and handled the permissions for …

Instructions for Happiness and Success by Susie Pearl

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Of all the non-fiction authors we’ve worked with over the years, writer Susie Pearl has one of the most buoyant, can-do attitudes we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. She’s always happy, and this is why we’re so over the moon about the recent news that her upcoming book …

Loving the Darcys

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As anyone can tell, I work on a large number of Pride & Prejudice continuations. One of the authors whose novels I have the absolute pleasure of working on is Sharon Lathan. Her Darcy Saga series is growing all the time, and the most recent, volume 5, The Trouble with …

Jill Mansell News!

Staying at Daisy's

Jill Mansell is making some waves. Not only is her newest book, Staying at Daisy’s, fresh out in the US, but her novel Miranda’s Big Mistake is #12 on the New York Times ebook bestseller list and #86 on the USA Today bestseller list this week! I had the honor of proofreading the US edition of Miranda’s Big Mistake. I also got to do the proofreading for the US Staying at Daisy’s and the copyediting for the US edition of Take a Chance on Me, which won the Romance Novelists’ Association’s Pure Passion Romantic Comedy Prize! […]

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