Plant Seed Editing Services
1. Plant the seed

EARLY STAGE PLANNING

Whether you are planning a nonfiction book or a novel, you’ll need a compelling premise before you begin to write. A good premise identifies the core concept in two to three sentences, but identifying and conveying this concept in a focused way can be a challenge. Our team can help you brainstorm and organize ideas so you can build your book on a solid foundation.

The number of available methods for novel planning can sometimes seem overwhelming. Should you outline? Should you fly by the seat of your pants? Should you use an online program like Scrivener?

 

At TEG, we believe that the best methods are always those that match your personal style and goals. Our team can give you the pros and cons of each approach, guide you to those that suit you best, and help you implement a realistic and creative way to start drafting.

As we believe that writers thrive as part of a strong, supportive community, the Editor Garden will launch an ongoing series of webinars, workshops, and retreats that focus on everything from creativity to craft. One Saturday a month, we’ll host a Write On Afternoon where you’ll enjoy structured silent writing time as well as group discussion in the company of local writers—with complimentary coffee and snacks, of course! Watch this space for future offerings.

Coaching can give writers the structure, support, and tools they need to have fulfilling, productive, and creative lives. Whether you struggle with time management, confidence, writer’s block, decision making, or just plain fear, you’re not alone. Bumps in the road are a normal part of the process; community and communication can help you identify ways to navigate them.

 

Coaching can take place in conjunction with editing at any stage or as a solo pursuit designed to target specific issues. Monthly, biweekly, or weekly packages can be individualized to meet your needs.

2. Take root

Revision Services

A critique looks at the big picture, ensuring that your content, organization, and details best serve the themes and purposes of your manuscript. We provide full or partial manuscript critiques, and we offer both one-time and ongoing critiquing services.

 

Basic Critique – Editorial Letter

We will provide you with a detailed editorial letter with feedback on all issues  relevant to your manuscript, such as structure, pacing, clarity, tone, voice, audience, and style. Often, an editorial letter points to topics that can be addressed in a supportive ongoing way via weekly, biweekly or monthly coaching packages.

 

Deep Critique – Editorial Letter with Manuscript Commentary

In addition to an editorial letter addressing “big picture” issues, such as organization and theme, we will provide manuscript commentary within your document using the comment function in Microsoft Word. This type of manuscript commentary addresses a wide range of issues, including real-time reader response, clarity and coherence, and may offer suggestions for improvement.

Early draft developmental editing will include a fundamental “big picture” assessment of plot structure, theme, and character development. In an editorial letter, your editor will make suggestions about areas that can be strengthened and recommend approaches to help you uncover the depth and nuances within your manuscript.

 

This is also a time when you might want additional perspectives. As finding trusted readers can be challenging, our editors can consult with you about finding potential beta readers* and critique partners*.

 

*A beta reader can give feedback from a reader’s perspective, ideally someone who has read widely in your genre. In other words, instead of professional editors or coaches, beta readers are the kinds of people most likely to buy your books. They may charge a reading fee and provide you with written feedback from their unique perspective.

 

*A critique partner is someone who can give feedback from a writer’s perspective, ideally someone who writes in your genre. A critique partner will expect a voluntary exchange of manuscripts and ideas, as well as to grow with you as a writer. Be aware that finding a compatible critique partner can take time. We recommend an initial trial period, no strings attached. If your style of writing or critiquing is not a good match, be honest and kind, and move on to other options.

As we believe that writers thrive as part of a strong, supportive community, the Editor Garden will launch an ongoing series of webinars, workshops, and retreats that focus on everything from creativity to craft. One Saturday a month, we’ll host a Write On Afternoon where you can enjoy structured silent writing time as well as group discussion in the company of local writers—with complimentary coffee and snacks, of course! Watch this space for future offerings.

Coaching can give writers the structure, support, and tools they need to have fulfilling, productive, and creative lives. Whether you struggle with time management, confidence, writer’s block, decision making, or just plain fear, you’re not alone. Bumps in the road are a normal part of the process; community and communication can help you identify ways to navigate them.

 

Coaching can take place in conjunction with editing at any stage or as a solo pursuit designed to target specific issues. Monthly, biweekly, or weekly packages can be individualized to meet your needs.

Take Root Editing Services
Cultivate Editing Services
3. Cultivate Growth

Late-stage Editing and Revision

A deep revision edit will address any remaining issues regarding plot structure, thematic focus and consistency, and character development in a later-stage draft. Through an editorial letter, your editor/coach will identify areas of concern and suggest a series of approaches for building and strengthening those areas.

Just as there are countless ways to plan a novel, there are countless ways to revise one. Our team can help you plan a personal, organized approach to revision that can evolve with you, the writer, and your book.

Line editing addresses concerns such as awkward sentence, paragraph, and transition structure, as well as overall consistency and style. Your editor will make suggestions about how to resolve these issues and refine your prose. While grammatical and usage errors may be addressed, the resulting draft typically needs a follow-up copy edit.

Copyediting corrects grammatical errors, awkward sentence structure, usage errors, punctuation, capitalization, and consistency. Other issues regarding the mechanics of language may also be addressed.

Webinars, Workshops, and Retreats

As we believe that writers thrive as part of a strong, supportive community, the Editor Garden will launch an ongoing series of webinars, workshops, and retreats that focus on everything from creativity to craft. One Saturday a month, we’ll host a Write On Afternoon where you can enjoy structured silent writing time as well as group discussion in the company of local writers—with complimentary coffee and snacks, of course! Watch this space for future offerings.

 

 

Private Coaching

 

Coaching can give writers the structure, support, and tools they need to have fulfilling, productive, and creative lives. Whether you struggle with time management, confidence, writer’s block, decision making, or just plain fear, you’re not alone. Bumps in the road are a normal part of the process; community and communication can help you identify ways to navigate them.

 

Coaching can take place in conjunction with editing at any stage or as a solo pursuit designed to target specific issues. Monthly, biweekly, or weekly packages can be individualized to meet your needs.

4. Flourish

Final Editing and Completion

Following the copyediting phase, proofreading serves as a final check of your manuscript, addressing lingering issues such as spelling errors, typos, punctuation, basic grammar, and capitalization. Any inconsistencies within the document, such as erratic spacing, blank pages, widows, or dangling hyphens, will also be addressed.

When seeking traditional publication, crafting an effective, professional query letter and synopsis is an essential step in the process of querying literary agents. Our editors help you focus and fine-tune your pitch, as well as highlight the strengths of your manuscript. We also offer submission package critiques, which can include a query, synopsis, and partial manuscript.

Whether you need a brand new author website or want to upgrade your current one, our design team can work with you to create a unique web presence that best represents both you and your book(s). We can help with a range of services, including photography, logo design, and content creation.

We can guide you through the self-publishing process, including choosing a platform, applying for a US copyright and obtaining an LCCN registration, purchasing ISBN numbers, cover design and book layout. As we expand our cover design and layout services, our strategic partners include photographers, graphic design artists, and videographers. We are also expanding our strategic partnerships with marketing and public relations professionals.

The Editor Garden wants to grow with our clients. In an effort to further support our writers as they flourish, our next phase will launch The Writer Garden, which will offer select writer memberships.

Flourish Editing Services

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Contact us and take the next step on your path to publication.