Every author needs an editor. No matter what you’re writing, no matter how great your prose is, having an editor is a must.
But hiring an editor can be complicated. Where do you find one? How do you figure out a working relationship? How do you know they really know what they’re talking about?
JoEllen Nordstrom founded FirstEditing to make writers’ lives easier. She understood the importance of finding the right editor for authors at all stages of their book and careers. She created FirstEditing as a simple, elegant solution to connecting them.
I’m so grateful that FirstEditing has again joined the Women in Publishing Summit as a Silver sponsor. We love their company for creating a more connected world, and we appreciate their support!
What does FirstEditing do?
FirstEditing provides professional Editing Services for fiction and nonfiction writers. They have served over 50,000 authors since 1994!
FirstEditing is a one-stop shop to connect writers with editors. Rather than needing to search out your own editor on the dozens of freelance websites out there, First Editing makes hiring the right person for your work simple.
But what really sets this company apart is that every editor on the team has professional credentials, AND they can back it up. So you’re not just getting a self-proclaimed “expert,” but someone who’s been proven and screened to be an effective industry professional.
Their editors are certified story coaches, bringing expertise on the 38 story elements to evaluate your novel. You’ll get actionable feedback on your story arc, structure, characters and so much more.
In addition to traditional editing, FirstEditing offers academic editing as well. This means they have subject matter experts with the verified educational credentials to help prep your work for journals, nonfiction publication and peer review. So even if your work isn’t fiction or creative nonfiction, you can still find an editor who can dig in and make sure your final work is as good as it can be.
What kind of author needs FirstEditing?
Any author in search of editing support will benefit from working with FirstEditing and their team of trained industry experts. No matter your genre of publication goals, every author deserves a great partner in a qualified, experienced editor. First Editing can make that happen for you.
How can I learn more about FirstEditing?
Head to the FirstEditing website to learn more about the services they provide for authors. Be sure to take advantage of their special offer:
Get 25% OFF Editing: Receive a one-time 25% OFF Editing coupon valid for any service purchased before December 31, 2024. Lock in your price today! Plus register to Win a FREE Developmental Edit of your book worth up to $1000!
Come meet JoEllen Nordstrom and ask all of your questions at the Women in Publishing Summit!
We're excited to welcome AutoCrit as a Silver Sponsor for the 2023 Women in Publshing Summit!
What does AutoCrit do?
The only online writing and editing platform that guides your hand based on data from real, bestselling books, AutoCrit is built to match the genuine demands of publishing professionals and discerning readers.
Learn about the company, the special deal, and have a good time at the upcoming FREE webinar with Autocrit.
How Stephen King Would Write Wizard of Oz In this fun and informative analysis of the writing style of Stephen King, we'll journey through some of King's notable writing guidelines. In the process, we will turn abstract concepts into concrete action with the help of AutoCrit's planning, writing, and editing tool.
Presented by Jocelyn and Kevin Pruemer, owners of AutoCrit.
I don’t think anyone who found her way to the Women in Publishing Summit blog is going to be shocked to hear that “writing is hard.” It’s one of those things that we take for granted. That it’s an art that takes practice, honing, sharpening. And as women, we so often find ourselves short on time or space to do that work. When so much of the unpaid labor of having a family and keeping a home running falls on us, how can we have the freedom to create, too?
That’s why I appreciate the people behind ProWritingAid, a company that takes the mission of improving writing seriously, and, in creating a successful, practical system to help authors do that, they’ve lifted up so many women’s voices.
I’m also so grateful that they’ve once again committed to support women authors in another way: by joining us as a Silver Sponsor for the 2023 Women in Publishing Summit.
ProWritingAid’s revolutionary product creates better books – I know because I use it myself! Here’s why!
What does ProWritingAid do?
ProWritingAid is a platform that offers a world-class grammar checking AND style checking, so your writing – be it business writing, creative writing, academic writing or anything else – follows the rules for what “good writing” looks like. ProWritingAid then goes beyond that by offering in-depth reporting to help you understand how you write.
In other words, ProWritingAid lets you know when you’re breaking a good writing rule, and it also tells you how often you use a given word, phrase or even sentence structure. The reports go deep into helping you unpuzzle your own authorial style. It helps keep your writing clean AND interesting.
You can use ProWritingAid in combination with other writer’s products like Scrivener and Fictionary, as well as within all major word processing programs. You can even add it as a Chrome plug-in so you can use it to write better emails. It’s an easy-to-use product that’s like having a writing coach right in your laptop!
In addition to the practical help this program can give any writer, the ProWritingAid community is a highly engaged and deeply knowledgeable one. Their paid course community gives authors valuable training on a wide variety of topics in the industry – just one more way ProWritingAid helps every author develop!
You don’t need to be writing the Great American Novel to benefit from this platform. The grammar and style checking can work magic on your business emails, your sales copy and more. We especially recommend that all our clients use it for things like newsletters and blog posts to keep them on track in terms of precision and voice.
But the impact that ProWritingAid can have on your book is huge: there aren’t a lot of opportunities to get real insight into your writing as you’re working on your draft. It’s a game-changer for writers in any genre and in any stage of their career.
How can I learn more about ProWritingAid?
Check out the ProWritingAid website to find out how they can help you become a better writer – click right here to learn more!
When I began my own journey in publishing, I really sought out women as mentors. I wanted to connect with other women in this industry and see how they juggled it all. I can say that meeting Kathy Meis, the CEO of Bublish, was a stroke of luck that truly changed my path. Thanks to her mentorship, I grew in knowledge and confidence, and began to develop the business that has brought me here today.
In fact, in many ways, the Women in Publishing Summit was due to her – and to all the women who took the time out of their own career in writing and publishing to mentor me and share their knowledge. It gave me a passion to do the same for other women.
It’s why I founded the Women in Publishing Summit.
And it’s also why I am so pleased to announce that Bublish is joining us at the Women in Publishing Summit once more as a Silver Sponsor.
What does Bublish do?
Bublish is a full service publishing platform with an important and innovative twist: it has the marketing built in!
So many self-publishing companies are fine on the technical side of things. They’ll help you get your book ready in a perfectly serviceable way. But then they’ll leave the complex challenge of marketing to you and cash their check.
Bublish offers what Kathy calls a “publisher in a box,” and that’s exactly what it is: a one-stop shop to access all the tools that a big publishing house has without sacrificing your creative control or your ownership of your work.
Combine that publisher know-how with some of the industry’s best marketing tools, and you have a powerhouse tool, backed up by a company full of publishing professionals and experts, to help you take your book to the next level. With strong meta-data, market research and dynamic tools like their patented “Book Bubbles,” Bublish gets results.
What kind of author is right for Bublish?
If you want to retain control of your book’s creative vision AND its rights, but you don’t want to sacrifice the quality that comes with traditional publishing, Bublish is a great partner.
Bublish is also a great solution if you want to have control over your book’s marketing vision. Using their Book Bubbles – which are aesthetically pleasing, endlessly customizable and easy to plug-and-play into the Bublish community to spread your book’s buzz – is just one of the ways Bublish integrates powerful marketing tools.
How can I learn more about Bublish?
Just click right here to learn about Bublish AND how you can maximize your book’s potential and position it to succeed in wholesale and retail channels!
Jennifer Wilcov founded the company because she loved the experience of writing and publishing her own international bestseller. When people approached her and asked how they could do what she did, she realized: each person needed thoughtful, customized advice that helped them rise and achieve their goals. She realized that writers need partners they could trust to walk them through the process, and she stepped up by sharing all she’d learned, empowering others to do it themselves.
One of our key missions is to empower authors, so we’re incredibly grateful to have a sponsor partner who shares our values in Your Book Is Your Hook!
What does Your Book Is Your Hook do?
Your Book Is Your Hook is a full service author consultancy. You can work directly with them to figure out ways to write better, smarter and more profitably. They’re a company that offers consulting on the full life-cycle of a book – from idea to the post-marketing process. They also specialize in working with writers who want to see their stories come to life on TV screens, in movie theaters and on stages everywhere.
One of their signature programs is The Make It Happen Room for Writers Only. This invaluable space creates a joyful, supportive environment for working writers every Thursday, with a focus on moving your book and your writing career forward. It’s a chance to practice your pitch, get feedback and, most importantly, GET IT DONE. The two hour work session has changed the lives of writers in all genres and at all levels, and it’s the hallmark of how Your Book Is Your Hook works: supporting and empowering authors to achieve results by fostering real connections and sharing knowledge.
What kind of author needs Your Book Is Your Hook?
Anyone who wants to build community, gather feedback or get one-on-one or community guidance through the process is a perfect client for Your Book Is Your Hook. If you’re open to being more productive, creating better work, connecting with other writers and growing your career, this is a great opportunity for you.
Your Book Is Your Hook is also ideal for people who want to explore the possibilities in film, television, theater and beyond. If you have a story that you want to see brought to life, the team at YBIYH can help you make it happen.
How can I learn more about Your Book Is Your Hook?
YBIYH founder Jennifer Wilcov will be speaking and doing a meet & greet Q&A session at the 2022 Women in Publishing Summit, so be sure to attend that! She'll be speaking about the 5 Ways to Publish & the 4 Ways to Market Your Book and answering any questions you have about their services.
You can also head over to their website to find out about all the ways you can partner with Your Book Is Your Hook – click here to check them out!