You plan to write a scholarly book in your area of expertise, and you need a compelling proposal to submit to your publisher(s) of choice. The proposal needs to address not only your idea, but the publisher’s priorities such as size of the potential market and similar books in print.
I have written successful proposals for my own books, and reviewed proposals being considered by publishers. I will take the time to understand both your work and the publisher’s priorities, and help you communicate your good ideas in terms that will resonate with the publisher.
Once you have the book contract, you have to write the book! When writing a full-length book in an area in which you are expert, it is easy to lose sight of the “big picture”, including logic, organization, flow, clarity, and level of detail, consistent with both the length requirements of the book and the message you are trying to communicate. As I have done for other authors, I can help you organize and balance your manuscript at the book, chapter, section, paragraph, and sentence levels; identify passages that are unclear or irrelevant; and condense without loss of meaning to improve readability and meet the publisher’s length requirement.
“I needed an editor to help with substantive feedback and clarity of expression in my second book. Judy has delivered superlatively in both those areas. Her feedback helped me see a problem with the final chapter that helped me produce a much improved new version. We became friendly instantly and the relationship has been thoroughly enjoyable. Highest recommendation!”
Stephen C. Ehrmann, Former Vice Provost, George Washington University; Director, Flashlight Program; Senior Program Officer, Annenberg/CPB Projects; Program Officer, FIPSE. Co-author of “Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever” (1996); author of Quality, Access, and Affordability: Pursuing 3fold Gains in Higher Education, to be published in 2020
“She is fast, easy to work with and a complete professional.”
José Antonio Bowen, Author, Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning, winner of the 2013 Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education from AAC&U