One of the most common mistakes made by many authors is hiring the wrong type of editor. While each book is unique, said book also belongs to a category: fiction or nonfiction. Within these two categories, there are many different genres—not all listed here—and your book fits in at least one of them:
Since there are so many book genres, there are also many different types of editors. For example, there are editors who specialize only in editing fitness and health books, while there are editors who specialize in editing crime and true crime manuscripts. Hiring the right editor for your book is possibly one of the most important decisions you will have to make as an author, because you wouldn’t want to hire an editor who specializes in editing thrillers edit your travel-centered manuscript, would you?
It takes years of studying and hands-on experience for an editor to develop a field of expertise. The rules and style guides that apply to one genre do not necessarily work well for
another genre, and you need to make sure that the editor you choose to work on your manuscript is aware of all the incredibly small yet pivotal details that distinguish each book genre.
In my case, after many years of living the military life, studying editing, and working in the publishing industry as a ghostwriter and editor, I have decided to follow my heart and focus exclusively on military-related manuscripts. As you can see from the table above, the military genre can be considered fiction or nonfiction, depending on whether the story is real or fictionalized. Either way, if it has a military theme to it, I am here to help you. How? Here are a few ways:
As your editor—your Military Editor—I can answer all these questions and more. Together, we can work on each word, each punctuation mark, each style choice, each scene, each character, each description, and I will guide you through the process of turning your draft into a manuscript that not only meets industry standards, but that is also ready to be submitted to literary agents who are currently looking to represent books within your genre.
Trust me, it’ll be easier than you thought; after all, you’ve already done the heavy lifting, so it’s time for you to sit back and let me help you create your masterpiece. Your story deserves it!