What’s a “book doctor?”

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“Book doctor” is a slang term for what many publishing professionals call a “content editor.” Whatever you call it, book doctor looks at a complete or almost complete manuscript and makes recommendations about how to improve it.

I do this for major business book publishers and also for individuals. It might be a good choice for you if you’ve written a business book and you want some serious suggestions about how to improve it.

Here’s how the process usually works.

I’ll send you some basic questions about the book and your ideal reader. Then we’ll have a conversation that usually runs about an hour. I’ll record the conversation and have it transcribed.

Next, you’ll send me your manuscript in Microsoft Word. I’ll read it and prepare two kinds of feedback.

I’ll go through the manuscript and use Word’s comment feature to suggest changes and ask questions. I’ll also prepare an overview analysis of your book and how to improve it. This will include strengths and weaknesses and suggestions for improving the structure of the whole book, individual chapters, or both.

I’ll send you my marked-up version of your manuscript and my written suggestions for how to improve your book. After you review them, we’ll have another telephone conversation so that you can ask me questions and I can explain things that weren’t clear or add additional recommendations to my written analysis. You will get an audio file of our session, and you can have a transcript made if you choose.

The cost varies with the time it takes to review the manuscript. Generally, the cost is between $750 and $1000.

If you want to go further, here’s the next step. Use the form below to contact me and we’ll set up a time to chat about the project. I’ll answer any questions you have about details, find out any specific questions you want answered by the analysis, and then prepare a detailed description of the work I will do and what I will charge.

 

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