SWENSON BOOK DEVELOPMENT LLC offers expertise in writing, editing, publishing, marketing, and the business of books and serves as mentor, coach, collaborator, curator, advocate and literary manager. We offers professional author services specific to your needs and budget. We tell you what you need to know, not what you want to hear. We tell you what works, what needs work, and how to do the work.

SWENSON BOOK DEVELOPMENT LLC provides professional author services on a fee for service basis. We assist authors in finding the right agents or publishers but we don’t take a commission on the sale of your intellectual property, nor do we receive any compensation from agents or publishers.

 

What does a book development editor do?

A book development editor is an editor the author hires—often before completion of the manuscript—to provide editorial support, advice, and guidance in the production of content.

Many book development editors specialize in genres, even subgenres, and may be selective in the clients they offer contracts for services. A book development editor usually has specific areas of expertise with a particular network of agents and publishers.

Publishers are delighted to know the author has invested in a developmental editor. It implies the author will deliver a high quality manuscript in a timely fashion, fulfill the responsibilities of being an author, and has support to manage the stresses, complexities, and demands of publication, marketing, and sales.

A book development editor may offer literary representation without taking a commission on your advance. The book development editor charges you for professional services. Your editor is not compensated by agents or publishers for referrals.

A book development editor is not a publisher and Swenson Book Development LLC discourages most authors from self-publishing. While self-published books have their place—poetry chapbooks, photography art books, company histories—the bulk of self-publishing initiatives are poor investments. Self-publishing companies make profits from authors, not from selling books.

 

What does a book development editor do?

  • Edit your writing – manuscripts, proposals, website copy, blog essays, and excerpts
  • Provide professional assessments, guidance, and referrals
  • Serve as a doula to assist with the birth of a writing project
  • Provide a second look to your documents before submission
  • Match authors with agents (fiction) and/or acquisition editors
  • Literary representation and querying on your behalf
  • Liaison between the publishing community and the author
  • Negotiate the best contract for an author
  • Mediate between author and publisher
  • Advocate for an author’s intellectual property
  • Champion an author’s work
  • Mentor an author’s career
  • Strategize marketing your brand as an author
  • Career coaching for all aspects of your professional writing profile
  • Educate authors about changes in the publishing industry
  • Help you manage the business side of your writing life

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