Editing Nonfiction

Editing nonfiction requires a different knowledge base from editing fiction. Although we start by performing the same basic functions in terms of correcting errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and typos, instead of looking at characterization, dialogue, and plot development as we would with fiction, we focus on structure, organization, clarity and references in nonfiction.

Like fiction editing, we at Book Magic look for repetitious words and recommend synonyms; ferret out inconsistencies and redundancies; and we identify any parts of the manuscript that may be unclear. This is particularly useful for anyone who has English as a second language because they may have difficulty finding appropriate words or expressing themselves clearly.

We pay special attention to memoirs, which provoke interesting and potentially complicated questions such as, “Does the story of my life really belong to me? Or does it also belong to other people whom I allude to? To what extent am I allowed to talk about what happened to me in my life if it might hurt someone else or if they might sue me or never speak to me again?”

We also love working on academic papers or business manuals, and we have extensive experience copyediting religious and inspirational books. We examine quotes and confirm that writers have permission to quote certain lines from someone else’s work or lyrics if they are not in the public domain.

Nonfiction requires an imminently professional approach, and we guarantee that here at Book Magic! 1.5 cents per word