The United Writers goal of editing is ensuring that the message of your manuscript comes through clearly. We remain true to your voice as we remove common obstacles to easy readability — from grammatical errors, punctuation flaws and imprecise word usage to sudden shifts in point of view and dialogue.
As writers, we are simply too close to our own stories to see these obstacles as readily as an objective editor with a fresh pair of eyes. Just think about it. How many times have you proofread a piece you wrote only to discover an obvious typo after it’s gone to print?
We believe that a good editor is an accomplished teacher of craft who, while focused on a manuscript’s target reader, educates in the art of written communication. Our goal is always to protect and support the spirit and passion of the storyteller in every aspiring author.
As with our editorial services, the United Writers goal in designing your book and cover is ensuring that the reader, whether a print book or an eBook, has access to what the writer is trying to say without visual obstacles or distractions. Font types and styles, the handling of photographs, charts, and graphs, the amount of white space and leading (space between lines of text)—even the styles of headers and footers—are all chosen based on factors relating to the content and “feel” of the manuscript, as well as the age of the intended audience.
Our approach to cover design is similar. Based on the emotional feel of a book or the nature of the content, we offer up to three cover options. Whenever possible, author ideas are incorporated in the design. No matter what, though, the design plays a supportive role to your words.
To the left are two of our latest cover designs, one built around a photograph of the author's grandmother. And the other designed around clues from the story itself.