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.

We bring our expertise in writing, editing, publishing, marketing, and the business of books to you as mentor, coach, collaborator, curator, and advocate.

Swenson Book Development LLC offers custom services specific to your needs and budget. We’re a one-stop shop without a ‘One Size Fits All’ approach. Content is King, but quality is Queen. Our standards for excellence are unrivaled in the publishing industry. We tell you the truth, not what you want to hear. We tell you what needs work and how to go about it.

What does a book development editor do?

  • Edit your writing – manuscripts, proposals, website copy, blog essays, and excerpts
  • Advocate for an author’s intellectual property
  • Serve as a doula to assist with the birth of a writing project
  • Provide a second look to your documents before submission
  • Tell authors what they need to hear in order to improve
  • Match authors with agents and/or acquisition editors
  • Negotiate the best contract for an author
  • Mediate between author and publisher
  • Liaison between the publishing community and the author
  • 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
  • Manage the business side of your writing life

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

Many book development editors specialize in genres (fiction or non-fiction), 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 manuscript according to stylistic and digital submission requirements 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 discourages most authors from self-publishing. While self-publishing and e-books have their place—wedding albums, company histories, scrapbooks, family stories, gift books, church directories, cookbooks—the bulk of self-publishing initiatives are poor investments. Self-publishing companies make profits from authors, not from selling books.