Stage 1: Research, Writing, Editing, Production & Packaging
Stage 2: Marketing
This process takes several months in our case.
When I do it
We start by researching the book we will be producing and, to ensure we are on target, we look at our book’s genre. This is a big part because different genres are written and edited in such a different way – so we need to make sure we are on top of what we will be doing, and this means researching the following:
What genres are written and edited around a certain type of book
What sort of genre is being written/edited
The main attributes people can draw from a certain genre
What is the most popular types of book?
How to market a book
Do people think we have a book out yet?
The big question
The big question that the book is meant to answer is that which genre are we working in? And of course, the answers have to be accurate.
It’s essential that we use this information to create a clear picture of how we are going to represent this book and we need to have a clear idea of what to say and how to say it, and of how that will appeal to readers for different ages and genres.
I recommend that you take the time to take a look at our book and work with us in that regard. Once we are certain the book will resonate with readers, we will discuss everything with your editor.
How do I become a book editor?
Being a book editor is not as glamorous or rewarding as it may seem. In fact, as the name suggests, it is a job that involves a lot of legwork and a lack of glamour.
You must have a proven track record writing and rewriting books in general for which there are no reviews.
Having a publisher is an especially good sign, but this is not guaranteed. You need to read the contract and make sure it is compatible with your personal objectives.
All publishers ask for feedback, and what they are looking for in their editor is what you want to achieve in the book (see our blog post called 5-star editing).
Our job is to make the most of the time we have for the book and by working with us, you will have a great time at the end of it, if you like the book!
We need this. We have to be a team.