Last Quarter of the Moon Publishing
Welcome to the beginning of a new era in publishing. Whether you are looking for a publisher to shine a new light on your novel; to help you develop your plot or elevate your prose; to aid you in developing a business and marketing plan for your new creation; or perhaps, you are in the market for custom cover art; if you should find yourself in need of help in your effort to publish the next great novel, Last Quarter of the Moon is here for you.
Editing is one of the most important services... and unfortunately undervalued by many first time authors. For those of us who have self-published or self-edited a work, we know how much effort it takes and how bad it feels when a reader - or worse - a critic contacts us concerning poor grammar, spelling, or punctuation, and the brilliance of the great work that we had in mind is suddenly undermined by technical errors that could have been avoided.
I recently read a review for a novel - fortunately not one of ours - on Amazon where a customer had requested a refund and then left a scathing review because the author had such blatant logical holes in the text that it was unbearable to read. Don't let your hard work, and the characters that you love, die due to a poorly plotted script or an underworked narrative.
Why can't I edit this myself?
We recommend that you do. You should. Noone knows the intention that you had in mind (or in your heart) better than you. Self-editing is a perfect place to start. The mistake that first time authors often make is to stop there.
At Last Quarter of the Moon, we recognize the importance of editing a work in phases:
This is the first edit required. It is also the most critical as it solidifies the author's creative voice and serves as a basis for all other editing. The type of editing that is part of this phase includes (1) continuity - verifying that all desired plot elements are intact and make sense - you do not want your readers finding plot holes for you! (2) fact checking, (3) character development, point of view, voice, and motivation, (4) editing for the author's personal style or voice, (5) word-smithing, (6) timing, meter, pace, rhythm, and flow, (7) impact. Though there could be many more things that you might look for, I refer to these as the Seven Content Dwarves.
The Seven Content Dwarves
- called to enforce the continuity of the plot
- demands realism; engages in fact checking
- quick to side with the character's point of view
- imposes the author's personal style/voice
- spends hours smithing words of exceptional craftsmanship
- dances to the beat of a didactic drummer
- crushes it each and every day
What good is a plot if it is minced about by an indelicate manner of speech? It is like a magnificent filet dressed with limp greens upon a dirty, spotted plate. Copyediting is critical to conveying what the author intended. There are two components that I would like to highlight: grammar and style.
Grammar is based on specific syntactic rules of writing. These rules vary depending on the language used and can differ greatly from rules of speech, even in the same language. When we edit a work for grammar, we predominately look for errors in the following areas, though this is not an exhaustive list:
- Verb conjugation
- Subject-verb agreement
- Treatment of proper nouns
- Pronoun use
The goal of style is to make a work sound well-written. Style is less tangible than grammar. In fact, a piece may be grammatically correct and lack the fundamental elements of style. On the contrary, a piece may also be of a pleasing style while being a grammatical mess. There are several books written on the subject of style, though they sometimes contradict each other. To me, the most important question that I ask when it comes to style is "Does this verse convey what the author was trying to say in the way he was trying to say it?" If not, then my task is to help the author get that verse back to what he intended. When we edit a work for style, we look for potential issues in the following areas, though this is not an exhaustive list:
- Sentence length and structure
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Last Quarter of the Moon is here to help you edit your work. If you are interested in our publishing services, please fill out the publishing service request form on this page and a representative will contact you.