Editing & Proofreading

The professional editors at The Writers For Hire will eliminate grammatical errors and other obstacles for your readers, as well as suggest ways to improve the clarity, flow, and organization of your writing. But more importantly, we make sure that your message comes across loud and clear.

When you’re recounting an event of personal significance or sharing professional advice that you’ve learned from experience, it’s only natural that you’re attached to the topic. Plus, you’re definitely the expert – you lived the lesson. But this often clouds your judgment: It’s rare for individuals to be able to read their own work objectively.

That’s where we come in. We provide an outsider’s perspective to make sure that your manuscript retells the account in clear and compelling language.

Your Patient Guide Through the Writing Process

Whether you bring decades of writing experience to your book or you are writing your very first piece, we offer patient guidance to make sure that your manuscript – and indeed your entire writer’s journey – is the best it can be. Our team has a combined 100 years of expertise providing editing and proofreading services across a whole range of writing projects, including:

What Services Can I Expect for My Book?

Most clients who come to us for editing and proofreading service tend to be businesspeople who need help polishing their nonfiction works like how-to instructional texts, advice they’ve learned through their vast experience, books for speakers, and that sort of thing. Our editing services for books of this nature typically include the following progression of review elements:

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Developmental editing

This review of your manuscript from an overall perspective provides a general critique of its style, structure, and flow.

  • Evaluating plotline and characterization (typically for fiction).
  • Offering feedback about the organization.
  • Noting stylistic and informational strengths.
  • Identifying and suggesting changes to weaknesses.
Line editing

This more detailed assessment typically comes after a revision per the suggestions of the developmental edit.

  • Recommending changes to address issues with flow or pacing.
  • Deleting sections that don’t really fit.
  • Focusing on content, style, and voice rather than fixing typos and grammar or punctuation errors.
Copy editing

This “technical” phase occurs throughout the writing process, once the big-picture issues have been addressed, and it can happen multiple times.

  • Reviewing your copy to improve the flow and overall quality of your writing.
  • Correcting errors or inconsistencies.
  • Revising sentences and paragraphs for flow.
  • Making the copy cleaner and clearer.
  • Guaranteeing your copy follows your designated style guide, if necessary.
Proofreading

This is usually one of the last stages, once you've gotten your piece as “final” as possible.

  • Reading your final draft (after it has been edited and approved) to remove any last errors.
  • Examining the layout and/or formatting.
  • Double-checking any dates, URLs, page numbers, or other pertinent details.

References Available

Sure, we think our writing team is pretty great – but we’re just a bit biased. If you’d like to learn more about what it’s like to work with us, from our real ghostwriting customers, we can provide references upon request.

FAQs

  • Q: I’m short on funding. Can I pay you a portion of proceeds, after publication?

    A: Our ghostwriters are professional, full-time writers and editors – and in order to keep them on our team, we have to pay them for their time. Our business model simply isn’t set up to take projects on spec.

  • Q: My business/subject matter is very technical. Are you sure you can write/edit my book?

    A: Yes. Our diverse writing and editing team includes experienced writers with backgrounds in science and technology, oil & gas, journalism, education, and software engineering. They’re smart, naturally curious, and genuinely interested in learning more about your area of expertise. And, because ghostwriting is a collaborative effort, you’ll have the opportunity to review and fact-check every page we write.

  • Q: Can you publish my book?

    A: We can publish your book through CreateSpace, an Amazon subsidiary. If you are interested in other publishing options, we can recommend and provide introductions to several traditional and self-publishing companies.

  • Q: What if I don’t like your edits or writing?

    A: Ghostwriting is a back-and-forth process, and we seek specific, constructive feedback from you every step of the way. Once we get a feel for your style preferences, we write a few pages and send them to you for review. You tell us what’s working – and what’s not working – and we send you a revised copy. You see every chapter as we go, which means there won’t be any surprises at the end.

  • Q: Can you design my book’s cover or create custom illustrations or infographics?

    A: We don’t offer illustrations and infographics in-house, but we can provide introductions and recommendations for design work, and we can project manage the design portion of your book.

  • Q: Can you guarantee that my book will get published?

    A: If you are referring to self-publishing, which is now almost 20% of the current market, then yes. If you are referring to traditional publishing, no one can guarantee publication. We can, however, provide you with introductions to a few local/niche publishers; we can help guide you through the self-publishing process; and we can pitch your book to traditional publishers.

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Project Description

Why Choose The Writers For Hire?

Put your trust in The Writers For Hire. We help you define what you need to produce the most exceptional copy possible, and we consistently deliver what we promise. When it comes down to it, you won’t find another professional writing team that can provide the same level of commitment:

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We have the experience you need.

Other writing firms have good teams – but we have a great team. Our highly credentialed and experienced writers are degreed, full-time professionals, several of whom hold Ph.D.’s and master’s degrees in their fields. They bring a variety of backgrounds and, perhaps more importantly, understand how the business world works.

We get to know you

Developing and maintaining long-term client relationships is important to us. We take the time to get to know your company so we can develop messaging that both fits your company personality and presents real value to your end customer.

We are part of your team.

We believe in treating your project as our own. We’re not just writing your copy; we’re helping you deliver on your promise – to your boss, to yourself, to your stakeholders. That means we become proactive members of your company and seamless extensions of your internal team. Sure, we’ll take directions when you know exactly what you want. But we’ll also make suggestions when you need guidance to make every project a success.

We are efficient.

Time is valuable. The Writers For Hire won’t waste yours. We recognize that you don’t have enough hours in the day to train writers and editorial project managers – on the other hand, you can’t afford to make mistakes on such an important element of your business operations. We use a proprietary process to quickly synch with your team, and award-winning software to efficiently manage campaigns with hundreds of deliverables.

We’ve got your back.

Say your lead writer is out of the office, and you need a quick turnaround on a new deliverable. You have back-up who knows the particulars of your account and can move your projects ahead seamlessly. So go ahead and call us at any given time – we’ll make it happen for you.

We are exceptionally customer-focused.

Our dedication to customer service is obvious: You’ll never worry about being able to reach us. You’ll have a dedicated team assigned to you, and you can rest assured that your team will be highly responsive.

But don’t just take our word for it. Our client list speaks for itself.

We assist Fortune 100s, government entities, and large corporations – including Hilton, Forbes, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Sara Lee, Rig-Zone, St. Arnold Brewing Company, Caterpillar, and Mitsubishi Forklift Truck, to mention just a few.

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Testimonials

I just had the chance to read few pages of your edited version while sitting at the auto dealership for service on my vehicle. I am very impressed and well-pleased with your work. From my perspective, I couldn't ask for a better read. So let's keep up this great work so that we end up with a "great product." I just wanted you to know that I am super-pleased and excited.

Ghostwriting Client,

“We have other books planned, and we will certainly be in touch with you for additional work. In the meantime, please know how much we appreciate everything.”

Ghostwriting Client,

“Hello, eagle-eye! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your outstanding proofing. I have been trying other freelancers to gauge their skills, and they all (I’ve tried 6) have been well below par.”

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