BookShapers: What We Do
Introduction | Comprehensive Editing | Customized Tasks | Book Proposal | First Draft | Ghostwriting
About Our Editors • Pricing/Ordering/Contact
BookShapers® is the SuperCenter's team of accomplished book editors who not only edit your manuscript, but also can help you with every stage of writing, from developing your book idea to writing it, to revising it, to marketing it — as well as all the steps in between.
With BookShapers, we tailor our service to your precise needs. If you just want proofreading, we can do that. If you need advice, we offer that too. If you want a thorough edit, we can do that. If you need to find an agent or a publisher, we can even help you do that. No job is too big, nor too small. (Click here to learn more about our highly experienced editors and to see some of their completed projects and the glowing endorsements they've received for their work.)
Our most valuable service is what we call our Comprehensive Developmental Editing. This is actually a combination of editing, instruction, inspiration, advice, and guidance through every stage of the writing process.
With this approach, we begin with advice on how to turn your particular ideas into a structured, logical, written presentation.
We then proofread your earlier draft, correcting grammar mistakes, spelling errors, and improper word usage (selection), pointing out confusing passages and weak writing, re-writing and suggesting revisions. We emphasize making the writing easy to read, easy to understand, flowing logically, even somewhat rhythmically.
We next go through your revision, using the same fine-toothed-comb approach, further correcting and honing the work. And in the process, we not only offer advice, but we also instruct, we impart our knowledge about what makes good writing, and what makes good reading, onto you. We are educators as much as we are editors.
And finally, when your work is ready to be published, we assist you in your search for an agent and a publisher, helping you to prepare your book proposal and query letters and to identify possible agents or publishers.
If you'd like this comprehensive approach for your project—or, if you need a more specific editing task—click here for a price quote. Our editors are eager to serve you.
The BookShapers team is flexible. We're here to offer you as much help as you want. We can give you the all-encompassing editing of the Comprehensive Development Editing, described above, or we can give you any one, or more, specific editing specialties. For instance, if you have a draft that you want us to critique, we can prepare a detailed critique. Or we can discuss your project with you in a detailed telephonic consultation. If you want a thorough edit, we can correct grammar, spelling, and usage errors, and make sure that your writing flows clearly and concisely. If you want a major re-write, that can be done too. Or if you simply need assistance with finding an agent or a publisher, we also offer that.
In short, we tailor our editing to your precise wishes. And all you have to do is let us know how much editing you want: Just use our convenient online Price Quote/Inquiry Form to describe your specific needs—and we can begin the process of communicating with you and getting your project off to a flying start, or re-start. Click here for the Price Quote/Inquiry Form.
Book Proposal Consultation
Many beginning writers do not appreciate the importance of a book proposal. Your book proposal can help you secure a book deal even before you've written barely the first word of a first draft. Our book-proposal-consultation service will first help you develop your content for a specific market and guide you to the right publishing process for your goals, as well as inspire innovative ways to reach your reader. This consultation will bring you to a coherent and marketable statement of what your book is about and who it is for, and will provide you with a working draft table of contents and your organizing philosophy for the book tone and direction. You’ll walk away with notes of our interactions where we capture, synthesize and underscore the essential concepts, stories and content for your proposal. And in so doing, it puts you well on your way to selling your book idea to a publisher and having a clear direction for beginning (or completing) your first draft. Click the Price Quote/Inquiry Form to have us contact you about this invaluable service.
First Draft Critique
One of our most popular book-writing services is our detailed review and evaluation of your first draft. This is usually about 10 to 15 pages in length, explaining what we see you're doing right as well as where and how you can improve, providing you with renewed energy and direction for your book project. Click here for the Price Quote/Inquiry Form.
Our BookShapers editors have their own special ways of approaching the art and science of ghostwriting, in which we don't just write your book for you but we also advise you on the best ways to publish and market it. BookShapers editor Karen Schaffer says, "As non-fiction book writer, coach and lifetime learner, I’ve discovered that all my loves come together beautifully in ghostwriting. I get to work with experts in their field, absorb their insights, tools, and approaches on a deep level, find the rhythm and cadence of their unique 'voice' and shape and draw it out again in the form of a compelling, accessible non-fiction book in the voice of the author." As Schaffer observes, "The job of a great ghostwriter is to write well enough as to be invisible (hence the “ghost” in ghostwriter)."
Who should hire a ghostwriter?Says Schaffer, "Ghostwriting is an excellent option for people who don’t want to become experts in book writing or don’t think they have the time or the writing skills to do so. They remain the expert on the subject matter and the author. I am the expert in writing books. Together, we get the book out of your head, into your hands and share it with the world."
So what’s the first step?When working with Schaffer, "the first thing to do is for us to talk about your project, to see if there’s a fit with you, me and the material. We start the ghostwriting process with a free, no obligation conversation for exploration (of course!) and if things feel right, we progress to a creative consultation."
In the creative consultation stage, Schaffer will help you "develop the direction and scope of your material, fitting your non-fiction book idea(s) into your intentions and goals as an author and expert." She also helps you "make key decisions such as whether to self publish or approach publishers based on your intention." "With this working knowledge of each other from the consultation phase," says Schaffer, "we can decide if we want to progress further together through the rest of the writing, editing and publication process."
If you are self-publishing, Schaffer has "all kinds of resources and contacts in editing, graphic design, illustration and printing that can help get your book complete — and with the equivalent quality of a publishing house. We can also talk about traditional and alternative marketing avenues for book publication. Finally, when we get to the marketing stage of a book’s publication, you will learn what’s worked for me over the last ten plus years - and what hasn't."
Schaffer's ghostwriting specialties are in the self-help, business, health and wellness or spirituality market. Schaffer states assuredly, "If you’re a master of your material and you’re committed to creating and delivering an engaging book that changes lives, I want to hear about your dream book!"
To discuss any book-related project with any of our BookShapers editors, just click here for our Price Quote/Inquiry Form.