Pink Eraser Services

Pink Eraser offers four different types of editorial and writing services. You may decide to use one of these services or package a couple of them together.

  • Book Proposal Writing

  • Query Letter Writing

  • Development (Content) Editing

  • Copy (Line-by-Line) Editing and Proofreading

  • Book Proposal Writing

    Writing a strong book proposal is absolutely essential to making your book commercially viable: publishers will not look at a book without first looking at the proposal and from it deciding that the book will have some demand. For this reason, it is critical for you to polish your book proposal so that the writing is perfect. Even though the content of the proposal will never be published anywhere, no agent or publisher will look at your book manuscript unless the book proposal entices them to want to read more.

    Fiction book proposals are different from nonfiction book proposals. Fiction book proposals often consist of a four- to ten-page summary analysis of the book and the entire first draft manuscript. Sometimes, though, an agent or even a publisher will allow you to begin to work with them just from the synopsis if it is written well enough and contains enough detail. Nonfiction book proposals may include a brief summary (1-2 pages) of the book, followed by a heavily annotated table of contents, and 30-60 manuscript pages (usually a few chapters, including the first one). Both types of proposals are best when they also include short sections on the author's credentials, information about promotions, any permissions work, and materials on the market/audience and the competition.

    Query Letter Writing

    You have written a book proposal, and you are ready to send it out to literary agents and/or publishers. Or maybe you have written a great newspaper, journal, or magazine article and you are ready to start submitting it to several periodicals. However, before you do, you need to design a strong query letter.

    Query letters are short: one page is preferable, but a two-page letter is usually fine, too. Query letters serve several important purposes. They quickly draw the reader into a description of the project, they introduce the project's author, they contain a sentence or two about the competition and market, and they say why this book this way, and why this book right now? If an editor, literary agent, or publisher finds your query letter interesting then they will ask you to send them your work, and you are successfully on your way to getting published.

    Development (Content) Editing

    Do you have a great story line, but you are having trouble scripting your characters? Or, do you have an easy time describing what your characters look like and what they do and say, but you are having a tough time keeping the story flowing? These are the types of issues that a good developmental editor can help you solve.

    Most people think of editors as people who fix grammar and spelling, and some editors do exactly that (these editors are called copyeditors), but a development or content editor helps make a story run smoothly by looking at the big picture.

    "Why is this person in the story?"
    "What is the point of including this detail?"
    "Why is this chapter so long?"
    "Should this part be here, or would it work better if it was moved to an earlier part of your story?"

    These are the types of questions a development editor will ask you when working on making the content of your story the best it can be. Using a development editor's skills allows you to take a break from your work and let someone else see it objectively, ask you questions about it, and help you make it clearer and more compelling.

    Copy (Line-by-Line) Editing and Proofreading

    If you are happy with your story lines, your characters, your dialogue, and all of the other core elements of your narrative, but feel that the writing itself is still rough, then you need a copyeditor. A copyeditor does a close reading of your work, and combs over each line looking for ways to smooth and improve your sentences. Occasionally, the copyeditor will also ask questions about how a sentence or a phrase comes off on the page: "Do you mean for your narrator to sound angry?" or "Is the mailman outside of the house now, or inside the front door?" This kind of close reading helps add clarity and gives prospective readers more confidence in your storytelling ability.

    Usually, copyediting is the last editorial stage your manuscript will go through before the publishing house puts it into production, but it is also useful to ask a copyeditor to check over your query letters and book proposals before they are sent to an agent or a publisher. Also, if you are publishing your own material or if you are about to send an accepted story to a magazine or a newspaper it is a good idea to send it to a copyeditor first. This step will keep you from having to make corrections later, and it will keep the magazine or newspaper editor from hacking your words to shreds if the copy already reads well and is error-free.