What kind of editorial services do you need?

e-bookYou’ve made a beginning. You’ve written something that feels significant.

Maybe it’s your first chapter, your introduction, the outline of your book, or a draft of 200 pages. It feels real and solid and you’re ready for some feedback. Not from your spouse, business partner or best friend.  From a professional.

What’s your next step?  Should you work with an editor or a book coach?

What’s the difference?

An editor generally applies her or his skill directly to the text and submits it to you, the author, for consideration or revision.  You agree or disagree, accept or reject their edits.

A book coach collaborates with the author. You discuss your book’s vision and purpose with a coach. You exchange ideas about the scope of content and what kind of organizational structure will be best.

What they both have in common is what every author needs: an advocate for the reader.

Your book coach will encourage and inspire you. And offer substantial ideas to make your book better. A coach saves you time generally. And helps you see options that you don’t see.

If you’d rather exclusively interact on paper, then choose an editor. (There are many editors who only work this way.)

If you want collaboration, discussion, and exchange, then work with a coach.

The value of an editor is they are very hands-on. Depending on who you work with, a coach may not be. They often make recommendations and leave you to make the changes. (I’m trained as both and I function as both, tailored to the specific needs of the writer.)

Both an editor and book coach should have mastery of the English language. Pick one that has written a book.

An editor or coach can make your book better—but in the end it’s your decision.

If you’re struggling with structure and organization, you might want to create a Book Manifesto? Find out more here.