- A 20-minute consultation with Candy Abbott to determine if Fruitbearer is a good fit for you is free.
- A professional manuscript consultation is available upon request, and there is no charge for the initial review.
If you become a Fruitbearer author, we will review your manuscript for overall effectiveness. In-depth evaluation is available and may be recommended as part of your contract. If you don’t already know our target audience, we’ll help you identify it by asking you to answer the reader’s three most important questions: “What’s in it for me?” “What’s in it for me?” “What’s in it for me?” The editorial critique will help you:
A substantive edit by Nancy Rue includes:
The edit is positive and upbeat, designed to help the author get the manuscript to its best possible place.
Content editing is the process of evaluating a manuscript for style, organization, and large general revisions. We’ll be looking for wording that can be strengthened or clarified, such as awkward, fragmented or run-on sentences. Sometimes we recommend reorganizing paragraphs and chapters for logical text flow. Whenever revisions are necessary, we always do our best to retain the author’s intent and voice.
This is the fine-tooth-comb technical aspect of editing. We’ll check for spelling, grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and overall correctness. As a rule, we use the Chicago Manual of Style as our guide.
Sometimes the author knows what he or she wants to say but can’t seem to get it across to the reader. When trouble spots like this occur, we combine both copyedit and content edit procedures to completely rewrite the existing text the author has provided. When rewriting, no new material is developed or researched, and all material is provided by the author in advance.
After the manuscript has been typeset, we double-check formatting accuracy in all sections for hidden complications and errors, such as inconsistency in chapter headings, table of contents, headers, page numbers, end-of-line breaks, etc. At this stage, we are looking closely at every character and every space.
Proofing has to be done again and again. We have excellent proofreaders who work hard to catch all typos and editorial oversights, but the more eyes that inspect a document the better. We will be counting on the author to double check us for accuracy. You will have an opportunity to view a PDF of your book as the work progresses. Important: Keep in mind that when the final copy goes to the printer, any changes made after that time can be costly and may delay the timetable considerably.
Whenever revisions are made, additional proofreading is necessary. (We don’t want to make new errors when correcting the old ones.) Extra care is taken to ensure that all revisions are double-checked for consistency with editorial guidelines but, again, we’ll want your final okay. The author is responsible for approving the final proof that goes to the printer.