Editing and Publishing Services

Author, Cindy Tingley and publisher, Anne Louise O'Connell at book launch for Lily's Secret at Humani-T Cafe in Halifax, NS.

In book publishing there are three types of editing:

  • Developmental editing
  • Line editing
  • Final proofread

Developmental editing includes: Story and character development, identifying plot holes and ensuring that all elements of a good plot structure are in place, such as characters and setting, conflict and rising action, an overarching theme, a climax or turning point, falling action and resolution.

Once the manuscript has been through the developmental editing process (which can take several months depending on what stage of development the manuscript is in when we begin working with an author), it then moves to copy/line editing. Line editing focuses on sentence structure, word choice and punctuation. The final proofread is to catch any type-os, punctuation or any other errors that were missed once the book is designed and layout is complete. Of course there is overlap in each phase but a set of fresh eyes is always important in the second and third editing phases. 

OC Publishing uses a hybrid model known as partner publishing. The genres published are women's fiction, memoir, mystery / adventure, historical fiction and children's books. After an author submits sample chapters, we will review the sample and meet with the author to determine if there is a good fit for both parties. Then the publishing options are explored together and the author decides whether the preference is to self-publish or partner publish. 

For both options, OC Publishing uses IngramSpark for paperback and hard cover print on demand (POD), ebook conversion and for retail distribution. 

If the self-publishing path is chosen, we coach the author through the process, whereby the author liaises with the book designer (for layout and cover design), handles the account set up, uploads all files and then publishes the book his or herself with our guidance. In the partner publishing process, we set up the title and handle all the steps required in the publishing process and the book is published under the imprint, OC Publishing.

Regardless of the option selected, we can also assist authors in the development of their online author platforms, which includes setting up on social media (Facebook,Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) and developing profiles for Amazon's Author Central and Goodreads. 

The fees are determined based on the process you choose and the services selected. Once your book is published, you own the copyright. 

If you have any questions about any of the services offered, please contact Anne anytime!