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Gretchen Interviewed in Independent Publisher Magazine

February 1, 2013 blog Comments Off on Gretchen Interviewed in Independent Publisher Magazine
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We’re pleased to announce that at the end of 2012, Gretchen was asked to do an interview with Independent Publisher Magazine about copyediting, proofreading, and what authors should keep in mind as they consider their options. Here’s an excerpt and you can click here for the full interview:

Errors, big and small, distract readers and cause authors to lose face. In the realms of indie and self-publishing, we fight a daily battle to prove that we are just as good, if not better than, the authors sponsored by the Big Six. And the best way we can do that is to publish polished and professionally edited writing.

This month, I spoke with one of the most talented editors I know. Gretchen Stelter of Cogitate Studios, is a copyeditor, proofreader, developmental editor, ghostwriter, fact-checker, and book expert extraordinaire. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her on many occasions, and she was the first person I turned to when I wanted to know more about the editing business.

 

The Alchemy of Editing

May 25, 2010 blog, Notes on Editing Comments Off on The Alchemy of Editing
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The  longer title for this post is: Why You Must Love the People You Work With. Editing is, in many ways, more creative than people realize. Proofreading, of course, is a relatively straightforward job, requiring the editor have a knowledge of grammar rules, current trends (yes, even grammar has them), and house style guides. That being said, even certain grammar rules require a subjective look, e.g., “Does this sentence need a comma, or does it make sense without it?” (I’m not lying; CMOS 6.20 is “In a series whose elements are all joined by conjunctions, no commas are needed unless the elements are long and pauses helpful.”)

But more than that, as an editor, you need to know if your editing style is going to work with the author’s style. I run into this a lot in the work I do with historical and UK fiction, and Henry and I both encounter it on ghost writing projects. Personally, I tend to consistently follow rules, such as ellipsis to indicate stuttering speech or trailing off and em dashes to show interruption (within quotation marks) or an interruption in the dialogue to explain movement (em dashes in the middle of dialogue but outside the quotation marks).

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Beautiful People (Wendy Holden’s, not Marilyn Manson’s)

March 29, 2010 blog, Some Edited Titles in Print Comments Off on Beautiful People (Wendy Holden’s, not Marilyn Manson’s)
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This week, I’m finishing up a proofreading job for Sourcebooks Landmark by the talented Wendy Holden, and it occurred to me that this amazing author’s first book to come out from Sourcebooks Landmark (though previously published in the UK) is coming out in April.

So, yes, I did actually proofread Beautiful People for Sourcebooks, but that’s not actually going to stop me from buying this book and placing it on my shelf as well. Chick lit has become a derogatory term in recent years, and though some remain embarrassed to love anything in this genre, I embrace it, especially when it is populated with flawed yet lovable heroines, shallow villains whose downfalls give you delightful schadenfreude, and witty dialogue. … Continue Reading

Every Project Is Nuanced

January 17, 2010 blog, Notes on Editing Comments Off on Every Project Is Nuanced
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Editing goes through phases.

The amount of editing a manuscript needs depends not only on how it has been prepared but also on the audience for which the work is intended and the publication schedule.

Click here to see a larger version of the image below for a full diagram of what we’re talking about.

Or course, estimating how long the editing will take requires looking at all parts of a manuscript and can be based on page count or on total number of words; in any case, we try to take into account any complexities in the text, documentation, or illustrations, as well as the medium in which the editing will be done—on paper or in an electronic file.

As a rule, we follow the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) rates.

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Ghostwriting

May 4, 1977 blog, editing services, ghostwriting Comments Off on Ghostwriting
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Ghostwriters make you shine.

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 we’ve done the majority most of the writing ourselves, based often on an outline provided by the author. For some projects, a substantial amount of research was required, like taping and transcribing interviews. One non-fiction project took a full year to research, write, and edit for a client. We’ve also completed projects as short as query letters to agents and acquisitions editors, and press releases for book launches.

Email us at [email protected]: in your message, include a description of your project and its word count, as well as a sample of the writing if you want to attach one. We’ll be in touch about availability, turnaround time, and rates.

 

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Proofreading

May 4, 1977 blog, editing services, proofreading Comments Off on Proofreading
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Proofreaders save the day.

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 been correctly interpreted. We also watch for the kind of errors missed by a computer’s spell checkers and grammar bots:

• Double-checking word breaks
• Hyphenation
• Typeface
• Font
• Headings and subheads
• Set-off material
• Page numbers and running heads
• Illustrations and tables
• Page length, table of contents
• Article or chapter titles
• Footnotes
• Index
• Cross-references
• Half title and title page
• Jacket copy
• Spine
• Overall sense of appearance

Email us at [email protected]: in your message, include a description of your project and its word count. One of us will be in touch about availability, turnaround time, and rates. Whichever editor you choose (and/or whomever we think would fit best) to read your work then marks-up your proof pages in Adobe Professional. We ask for a minimum turnaround time of 3 weeks for each proofreading pass on a full manuscript. When your mark-up is complete, we send it back to you with an invoice. Net-30 terms with PayPal or check. We follow the Editorial Freelancers Association rates.

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Lend us your type and trust, and we'll give you our minds.

~The Editors

Email: info (at) cogitatestudios (dot) com for more information.

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Ghostwriting

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Ghostwriters make you shine. 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, …

Book Proposals

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Well-read book proposals get published. Sometimes you don’t have to write an entire manuscript before submitting a proposal. In the case of many non-fiction and graphic novel projects, for example, publishers, literary agents, and commissioning editors will ask for …

Developmental Editing

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Developmental editing digs deep. More radically address the content of your work: • Main premise • Plot structure • Character development • Overall organization • Writing style • Word choice • Dialogue This kind of editing, because it requires rewriting and/or reorganization, should be completed …

Proofreading

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Proofreaders save the day. 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 …

Copyediting

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Hire a copyediting guru. 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 …

Query Letters

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We’re former agents and in-house editors We’ve seen hundreds of pitches. As query letter ghostwriters, we’ve helped many authors find publishers. The unique set themselves apart because they know how to speak the language, and we help isolate and …

Reader Reports

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The fastest, least expensive avenue Whether it’s a short story, inspirational memoir, fictional novel, nonfiction book, old query letter, or new book proposal, we give the material a full review, covering a whole gamut of pertinent editorial issues, …