The goal of editing—in addition to correcting grammar and mechanical errors—is to ensure the text meets publishing standards, flows logically, engages the reader, and is a professional product. Additionally, BookLogix strives to keep your voice as intact as possible to make sure the book still "sounds" like you.
BookLogix edits according to the standards set by The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS). Currently in its 16th edition, CMOS sets the standards for the entire publishing industry.
All of BookLogix's editorial levels include the following:
- Editor will assemble and provide additional front and back matter (including appendices, bibliography, etc.), as outline in CMOS.
- Editor will look for any issues related to infringement, permissions, and general liabilities. In some cases, it may be recommended that the manuscript be reviewed by a legal professional. BookLogix is not a law firm and cannot give legal advice but can point out possible areas of concern.
- Discussion and interaction with your editor via e-mail exchanges, phone calls, and when possible, in-person meetings.
Levels of Editorial:
BookLogix's copyediting covers the following:
- Looking at word choice issues
- Pointing out redundancies and repetition
- Pointing out and revising shifts in tense, point of view, etc.
- Correcting inconsistencies in capitalization, compounding, number style, abbreviation, use of italics, underscores, and sequencing of anything in alphabetic or numeric
- Correcting any issues with grammar, spelling, punctuation, and publishing standards
- Fact-checking/cross referencing if necessary
BookLogix's line editing includes the work performing in copyediting, plus the following:
- Directing the author towards clarity with awkward phrases or sentences
- Reviewing transitions
- Resolving redundancies and repetition
- Additional editor provided as a second reader who will proof the entire manuscript
BookLogix's developmental editing includes line editing, plus the following:
- Reorganizing if necessary for clarity and logical flow
- Rewriting awkward phrases or sentences, or directing the author towards clarity
- Reviewing logic, if needed, and revising weak points
- Rewriting transitions
- Making suggestions for character development, flow, pacing, etc. (fiction)
Similar to copyediting, but proofreading checks a physical book for errors in grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and publishing standards. Author is provided with the list of changes that are suggested.
A BookLogix editor will create an index for your book that gathers all the key terms and subjects, is alphabetically sorted, and provides cross-references to and from related terms. Please note that indexing is a complicated and therefore lengthy process.
BookLogix can format and assemble bibliographic citations and endnotes for manuscripts with references to other works.
Many authors come to us with a handwritten manuscript. Although the printing process requires digital files, it doesn't mean the author needs to spend countless hours trying to type it all out. BookLogix will type up your manuscript for you in a process called typesetting.