Services

I provide a variety of standalone and packaged editing and proposal writing services for non-fiction authors, and technical and academic writers. Feel free to reach out to me at hello@swatiwrites.com if you have questions about the services listed below and would like discuss your project. Pricing is based on the scope and nature of your written work, and the combination of services needed.

Editing

Copy Editing — Involves reviewing the written work to fix any mechanical errors in spelling, grammar, and punctation. This is a light form of editing that polishes a final work that has perhaps been through more intensive edits. Copyediting is frequently bundled with Line Editing and is considered the final editing step or “proofread”.
Line Editing — Involves delving into each sentence’s meaning to ensure it is purposeful. Line editing falls between copyediting and developmental editing in terms of intensity. This edit examines your finished work line by line to assess word choice, and the power and meaning of each sentence. Close attention is paid to syntax and whether a sentence needs to be trimmed or tightened. The purpose of line editing is to ensure control of language, and clarify and elevate prose.
Mechanical Editing — Involves the application of a particular style, such as The Chicago Manual of Style or Associated Press (AP) Style, to a text. A mechanical edit combs through punctuation, capitalization, spelling, abbreviations through the lens of style rules. This is a standard edit for technical and academic texts, such as doctoral dissertations, graduate-level theses, research papers, proposals, and other technical documents.
Substantive Editing — Considers a work’s overall organization and presentation, and involves tightening and clarifying prose at a macro-chapter, scene, paragraph, and sentence level. Think line-editing and then some. The goal of substantive editing is to smoothen the arc of the overall narrative chunk by chunk without making major structural changes or thematic revisions.
Developmental Editing — The most intensive form of editing. Developmental editing Looks deeply at the organization and strength of a work — think big picture issues and deep-level restructuring. The developmental edit considers everything from pacing to characters, point of view, tense, plot, subplots, and dialogue. Weak links are excavated and worked on. Order, flow, and consistency are scrutinized. In addition to prose evaluation, the length, format, and design of the finished work is considered. Developmental editing considers all the aspects of a manuscript or document that make the work cohesive, effective, enjoyable, and, most importantly, relevant to the intended audience.

Book Proposals

I write book proposals for non-fiction authors, and am currently working with manuscripts in the genres of teaching and learning, business and educational leadership, food and agricultural writing, and memoir. Often times it is easier for an outsider unattached to the work to compose an effective and well-researched “pitch” to a publisher.

Book Proposal — While publishers have slight variations in their manuscript and proposal submission guidelines, most require a standard set of documents: (1) Query or cover letter succinctly pitching the book; (2) List and market analysis of competing titles; (3) Marketing and personal promotion plan; (4) Table of contents and chapter summaries; and (5) Author biography and a resume / CV. Book proposal services may include research on suitable publishers for an extra fee.

Testimonials

“Swati has a way with words that makes you feel like she’s invited you over to her home, sat you down at the living room with a bottle of wine and cheese spread ready to talk about the things that really matter. The things that matter aren’t easy to talk about or articulate, but Swati is able to make it all feel personal and important.”

Minnow P. / Coach, Photographer, & Writer

“You often hear about a writer’s “eye for detail” or their “ear for the language.” Swati definitely brings those things, but what impresses me most is her heart. She has an enthusiasm for life that comes through in her writing. It’s magnetic.”

Robert J. / Founder of Cause Consumer

“Swati’s sharpness, empathy and writerly insight are clear in each of the pieces of hers that I’ve read. She has a knack for discovering and developing stories and characters in her community, and positioning them in such a way that they fully shine in the spotlight. Her curiosity about the world around us — especially when it comes to food, drink and the production of both — inspires me.”

Ashlie S. / Food Editor & Writer

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Swati about my journey as a founder. The interview was very pleasant since I left learning something new and not just answering questions. The resulting profile was an amazing read and captured the story of starting my company Shore Buddies in a engaging way.

Malte N. / CEO of Shore Buddies

“As a BIG thinker, Swati works magic with words in a way that paints vivid pictures full of emotion and realness. You often feel as if she’s talking straight to you – bold, raw and outside of the box.”

Tina M. / Founder & Lead Visionary of The Vibe Movement

“Swati combines poignant storytelling with an insatiable curiosity about the world to create beautifully crafted sentences and prose that leave me awestruck and delighted, sometimes even moved to tears. I deeply admire and champion her honesty, humility, and keen insight.”

Molly M. / Freelance Travel Writer