Editing and Indexing

Every Book Needs An Editor

The difference between an awful book and a so-so book is an editor; the difference between a so-so book and a good book is an editor, and the difference between a good book and a great book is an editor. Every author needs an editor. Period. Judith has a team of editors she works with, depending upon the needs of the book and genre of book.

An editor should be able to assess your book quickly, identify areas that need addressing and supply suggestions to polish and panache to your work. It is critical that an editor maintains the author’s “voice.”


Barb Wilson

is the owner and CEO of editpartner.com. With over thirty years of experience in editing/proofreading, she has edited numerous books in all genres, from nonfiction to children’s stories to erotica. She specializes in developmental (content) edits and also offers additional services such as manuscript critiquing/evaluation, proofreading, and lineBarbWilson-web page edits. Her enthusiasm for the craft of writing and her positive approach to working through obstacles like writer’s block, POV problems, head-hopping, and plot arc issues will help you complete your project—while having less stress and more fun!

Check out her web page at www.editpartner.com to see the variety of services currently offered. She can combine multiple services, and customize them to fit your particular project needs. Editing doesn’t need to be a painful, drawn-out process—her long list of repeat clients can attest to that!

Website: www.editpartner.com

Phone: 989-284-8769 (EST)


2226 Rudy Court Midland, MI 48642

Services: Currently offering content editing for fiction and non-fiction, detailed critiques, copy editing, and ghostwriting. Barb specializes in enhancing the flow, clarity, and power of your work, ensuring no reader will want to put it down. She believes a great editor/author relationship is based on collaboration, communication, and respect. Newbie authors more than welcome! Ask about a free sample edit.



johnmaling4John Maling works closely with The Book Shepherd as INDEXER.

Indexing is always a challenge. Not all books need or should be indexed. Does yours? Call The Book Shepherd to determine if your book will be enhanced with an Index. It could make the difference between a good and a great book.

John is a multi-award winning book author of Have You Ever Held a Mountain?, and The Alphabet Menagerie: It’s Cool to be a Critter several of the most recent books have garnered multiple book awards in, including:



Working with The Book Shepherd’s Team  …

  1. Contact Judith by email (Judith@Briles.com) or call 303-885-2207 before sending her your manuscript.
  2. Be prepared to discuss your book, what time frame you have to work in and what you want an editor to do. This can be done on the phone, but if you live in Colorado, it’s wiser to have an in-person meeting.
  3. If Judith feels that her editing can be a fit for your work, she will ask you to send the manuscript or a few sample chapters. Depending upon the size of the manuscript or your chapters, she will ask that you send them electronically or by snail mail.
  4. She will review your information and get back to you with a proposal that includes an estimate on time, costs and any other issues she sees during her review.
  5. Depending on the length of the book and how much editing is required, expect to get updates and final edited copy within one month. If your book requires substantive editing and rewrites, additional time may be needed.
  6. One of our editors will either edit your book online (using “tracking” in Word) or mark up a hard copy that will be mailed back to you. The method will be agreed upon ahead of time.
  7. Expect to pay a deposit of one-half the estimated fees up front and the final payment upon receipt of the edited manuscript. Subsequent meetings or phone consultations are included in the original fee.
  8. For Indexing, John Maling needs the completed manuscript in a PDF format AFTER the interior designed has been completed. No exceptions for this and CAUTION: when Indexing has began, any corrections other than final read-through typos and punctuation should be avoided. Otherwise, page numbers can change making the Index obsolete.

Judith Briles
The Book Shepherd