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Why Your Book Needs an Editor | The Importance of Great Design
The Next Step
Experienced authors are finding increasingly that this is an extremely challenging time to publish a book and reach the audience their work deserves.
The obstacles are many. Old-school publishing houses are limiting their range of titles more than ever. Self-publishing demands greater knowledge, time, and effort than the large majority of writers have available. Many small publishers are content these days to simply produce a book and do no more to connect it with readers than place the title among the thousands in the catalogs of large wholesalers like Ingram and Baker & Taylor.
This is where Terra Nova Books comes in. We have found our niche publishing worthwhile authors who lack only name recognition and a track record, and then helping them find the readers they seek through the use of skilled marketing professionals and the national sales staff of SCB Distributors to connect us directly with bookstores and other retail outlets throughout the country.
If you have a unique book of fiction or nonfiction, send us a proposal, and if it seems we can market your book successfully together, we will look forward to moving ahead. Our experienced and professional staff provides authors with the support and expertise to make their books the best they can be, and then get them out in the marketplace.
Leverage Our Publishing Experience
When Terra Nova Books publishes a book, we create both paperback and ebook editions to maximize income for our authors. Although we all are clearly moving toward a world in which the bulk of a writer’s sales (and profit) will come from ebooks, we know that time isn’t here yet, and sales of printed books are still substantial.
Our printed books are available for sale on Amazon, and through trade catalogs to bookstores and libraries. Ebooks are available from Amazon (for the Kindle), Barnes & Noble (for the Nook), and the iTunes Bookstore (for the iPad). Additionally, by using free software available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, our ebooks can be read on any computer or tablet.
As an added bonus, our books are available for purchase by readers in Europe and throughout the English-speaking world.
Marketing Your Book
For most writers, being published is the ultimate goal. But no matter how great your book is, unless it is marketed well, all the time, energy, and passion you have invested will go unnoticed in the marketplace.
We make available for all our authors:
Why Your Book Needs an Editor
Professional editing is crucial to every book’s success. Every great author has had an editor. Joan Didion, Stephen King, Norman Mailer—you know these authors because they’ve written great books. And they all had editors. Here’s why:
Sure, your friends might offer some helpful suggestions, but they are not professionals in the crafts of composition and language. Plus, few people are willing to say anything negative to a friend after all the time and energy that’s been put into a manuscript. But that’s just the time when expert help is most important! At Terra Nova Books, editing is a partnership between the writer and editor.
When it comes to objective analysis of a manuscript, writers are often too close to the “trees” to see the “forest.” Our editing professionals analyze every manuscript in terms of both the big picture—a book’s overarching message, style, and structure—and the details—its grammar, usage, and mechanics. Then we work with you to revise your manuscript with the aim of bringing your artistic goals to fruition.
The Importance of Great Design
Terra Nova Books provides exceptional design for both the print and digital markets. We work closely with you to develop a suitable, striking cover that is appropriate to your book’s content. The inside pages are designed to take into account such important issues as the anticipated reader profile, dimensions, and length of the final book. All of our books are perfect bound (like other paperback books) and include a unique ISBN and barcode.
Starting with a high-performing cover and extending through the format, typography, and layout of your book, we will design a look for it that is beautiful, professional, and appropriate to the subject. When we create your ebook, we take into account the unique limitations and opportunities of each ebook device. Readers will be able to customize their reading experience by changing your book’s type size and style to suit their reading conditions and preferences.
The Next Step
Terra Nova’s aim is a partnership with authors. Email us at Editor@TerraNovaBooks.com, and let’s talk about how—together!—we can maximize the profitability of your book.
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Read What Our Authors Have to Say About Terra Nova Books:
Terra Nova is a creative, professional publisher. The editors had comprehensive ideas that covered areas I had not considered, and they did that as a matter of course—hard copy, ebook, media coverage, press release, to name the important ones. We had a real working relationship.
My book is launched in the best possible way.
Author of Letters from Alfonso : Learning to Listen
In the fast, ever-changing world of digital publishing, Terra Nova Books offered an established author like myself safe harbor. The small but growing publisher is adept at design, editing, and marketing a variety of books. With my novel, The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder, it provided the social media savvy and insights to expose a literary book to the right marketplace.
Author of The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder and over 20 other books
Terra Nova helped me put out a quality product. The editor has a good eye for catching inconsistencies and a good ear for language. My book cover came out great, and the publisher was open to my suggestions.
Author of American Odyssey
It's my pleasure to recommend Terra Nova to anyone wishing to publish a book. Marty is the best to work with, a great editor, and gets the book back to you in a timely manner. The final product is high quality, well finished, with a prize-winning cover. If you're ready to publish, consider Terra Nova Books. I think you'll be quite happy with the results.
Author of The Polka Dot Chair and The Monkey Tree
I was pleased with the book that Terra Nova published for me. The company gave me painstaking editing, clean design, and quick production.
Author of A Reporter’s World
I have truly enjoyed my working relationship with Terra Nova Books. The editors are quite professional and timely in their interactions with their authors. This is my fifth book, and this one has been the most pleasant editorial relationship I have ever experienced. I highly recommend them; their skill, professionalism, and supportiveness are unparalleled.
Author of My Life with Lifers
I found Marty Gerber’s editing skills and his insights on the development of my book invaluable. Editors who take the time and interest to ensure that your book is the best it can be are rare, and I would recomend Marty to any author.
Author of The Gold of St. Croix
Marty Gerber is a writer’s best friend—a wise, honest, and market-savvy editor.
Co-author with Valerie Plame of Blowback
Marty Gerber was a tremendous help in all aspects of my memoir—planning it, organizing it, and especially in the writing.
Author of Battling the Basement
I happily recommend Marty Gerber to anyone looking for a good and tactful editor with exceptional skills. He patiently and thoughtfully asked questions until virtually every word in the manuscript read sensibly. Marty’s command of the English language is exceptional.
Author of Heart & Soil
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