Services

Need someone to edit your manuscript, dissertation, or journal article? Critique your novel? Update your website? Refine your business plan? Write a brochure? Design, typeset, and convert your book to an e-book? Index your book? Design your new business logo? Look no further. You have tapped into one of the Publishing Pros greatest resources for freelance publishing expertise.

The Publishing Pros serve a variety of clients in publishing, business, and marketing endeavors, and can help you develop the look, sound, and feel of all your publication needs, both for print and online/interactive projects.

CRITIQUING

Evaluating manuscripts, screenplays, teleplays, Web-based communications, and other works, noting strengths and weaknesses and offering suggestions.

EDITING

Correcting, revising, or adapting written material for publication or presentation; editing precedes proofreading.

  • Copyediting. Editing for grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, cross-references, and style.
  • Developmental Editing. Assisting a writer throughout the process of creation, especially in matters of content, tone, voice, pace, perspective, point of view, variety, transition, and organization.
  • Screenplay/Teleplay Editing. Editing scripts for online learning and presentations (webinar, WebEx, webcast, podcast), video presentations, television, motion pictures, etc.
  • Substantive/Line Editing. Substantive editing (also called “book doctoring”) addresses large issues, such as content, cohesion, organization, impact, and characterization; line editing provides a detailed, line-by-line edit that encompasses both copyediting and substantive editing.
  • Technical Editing. Editing technical content, such as online help, policies and procedures, instruction and training manuals and handbooks, job descriptions, resumes, and meeting minutes, in the medical, legal, engineering, science, IT, computer, financial, construction, manufacturing, and real estate fields.
  • Web Content Editing and Maintenance. All the normal copyediting tasks, plus editing the links, tags, etc. needed in a Web-based language like HTML. May also involve substantive editing and file format conversions.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Creating a visual representation of something for print or digital form.

  • Chart/Table Design. Organizing facts into charts, graphs, and tables.
  • Cover Design. Designing covers for books, CDs, manuals, and reports.
  • Graphics/Illustrations. Creating figures, photos, drawings, maps, and other visual representations.
  • Typesetting/Desktop Publishing. Designing the visual appearance and creating the actual layout of books, newsletters, reports, brochures, and other printed documents.
  • Web-Based Communication Design. Designing the visual elements of Web sites, e-zines, e-newsletters, blogs, and other online applications.

INDEXING

Creating indexes for a variety of materials, such as books, periodicals, reports, manuals, HTML documents, databases, and Web sites, and in a variety of formats: back-of-the-book, embedded within documents, or linked to the text/hypertext.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Overseeing the big-picture aspects of a publication’s lifecycle, from concept to delivery; often includes coordinating freelancers participating in various stages of a publication’s development.

  • Book Packaging. Serving as a full-service production firm, coordinating editorial services, design, typesetting, and printing.
  • Quality Control Review. Providing a final check of publishing elements prior to publication.
  • Self-Publishing Assistance. Guiding and consulting with writers in the self-publishing process.
  • Web Site Planning/Usability. Creating the information architecture for Web sites based on specified goals and development parameters. Verifying that Web sites meet the needs of intended users.

PROOFREADING

Reading proofs that have been edited, designed, and typeset, ensuring that there are no typos and that all formatting elements are correct.

PUBLICATION PRODUCTION

Overseeing the physical and administrative processes of publishing written works, such as books and newsletters.

  • E-Book Production. Preparing publications in a digital format that can be downloaded and sold via the Web.
  • Prepress Services. Preparing PDF and PostScript files in a form a printer requires; may involve handling output of film negatives or preparing camera-ready pages or paste-up of cover pages for printer.
  • Transcription. Converting spoken material, such as recorded speeches and interviews, into written form.
  • Word Processing. Manipulating raw text, typing in corrections, repairing formatting problems, etc.

RESEARCH

  • Fact-Checking/References Checking. Confirming that the facts or references in a document are accurate.
  • Permissions Research. Contacting copyright holders and procuring permission to use previously published materials, including illustrations.
  • Picture Research. Locating art (photographs, drawings, etc.) for publication and furnishing permissions and digital or hard copy for production.
  • Research Assistance. Coordinating development of or conducting primary and secondary research, literature reviews, surveys, questionnaires, and interviews; also using online databases and academic publications.

TRAINING/COACHING

Providing instruction in copyediting, journaling, on-screen editing, writing, etc.

TRANSLATION

Rendering documents and books from one language to another.

WRITING

  • Book Proposal Writing. Creating detailed written presentations used to sell book ideas to publishing houses.
  • Business Writing/Copywriting. Writing white papers, articles, reports, manuals, letters, newsletters, e-newsletters, resumes, marketing collateral, ads, PR copy, etc. Providing quality control for your report.
  • Educational & Training Materials Writing. Creating wikis, manuals, outlines, and curriculum for course materials, handouts, and how-to and teacher guides.
  • Feature Writing. Researching and writing stories for newspapers, magazines, blogs, forums, podcasts, etc.
  • Ghostwriting/Collaboration. Writing or helping to write documents with someone else. A ghostwriter writes for and gives credit of authorship to another. In collaborative writing, the writer may be credited in the acknowledgments or elsewhere.
  • Rewriting/Repurposing. Rewriting is generating a new manuscript or parts of a manuscript based on the content and research supplied by an author. Repurposing is rewriting pre-existing material for a different purpose or delivery format than was originally intended.
  • Screenplay/Teleplay Writing. Writing scripts for online learning and presentations (webinar, WebEx, webcast, podcast), video presentations, television, motion pictures, etc.
  • Technical Writing. Writing technical content, such as online help, policies and procedures, instruction and training manuals and handbooks, job descriptions, resumes, and meeting minutes in the medical, legal, engineering, science, IT, computer, financial, construction, manufacturing, and real estate fields.
  • Web and Social Media Content. Preparing Web and social media content (blogs, wikis, webcasts, podcasts, social networks) using Web-based techniques, tools, constructs, and languages.