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You are visiting the Business of Words webpage. The Business of Words is a
comprehensive editing, writing and book development site. If you are a
writer who would love to become an author, a student looking to enter
the college of your choice or assure that your term paper is up to
scratch, if you are a post-grad engaged in the fearsome development of
a thesis or dissertation, or a business executive with technical or
promotional material to be written or edited, you've come to the right
place. If you are reading this, your browser may not be able to view
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Who Am I?
Well you should ask.
There are a lot of fine
editors and freelance writers offering their services on the internet.
There are a lot of shabby operators and word mills too. How can you
tell who's who?
Speaking for myself, I'm first and
person who likes working with writers. That makes me an editor. But I'm
also a person who likes people with stories to tell, even if they're
not writers. That makes me
the writer and my clients the authors. And some years ago, when I saw
how difficult it had become for authors to find a publisher without
having to resort to self-publishing, I established Ocean Cooperative
Publishing and later joined with others to set up the traditional small
press, Encompass Editions. But whichever of these fits your needs,
they're about people
working together to see writing emerge from the creative process as
something others want to read.
So back to the burning question: who to choose? Just on the basis of
common sense, be wary of anyone offering editing
or writing services who is unwilling to provide you with some sort of
based on your project. Be wary of any service that requires you to pay
a large retainer in advance for the privilege of having your project
considered. Be wary of any service that requires you to submit your
entire work, to be returned when it is completely finished. And for
heaven's sake, if you're looking for an academic editor, make sure that
the service you engage and the person
working on your project is a native speaker of English and is based in
an English-speaking country. There are innumerable exceptions on the
Please accept my invitation to pick up the phone right now and call me
I'll be delighted to speak with you, talk about the problem, offer any
advice I can.