It is important to find an editor who best fits your individual needs. Your editor should be an advocate for your book to see that each step in the production process is executed accurately and to your satisfaction.

Whether your material is fiction or non-fiction, First Write matches you with an editor who will guide you through all of the steps to ensure a professionally finished product. 

Our copyeditors have worked in a variety of disciplines including scholarly monographs, art/coffee-table volumes, New Age/healing/spirituality and self-help titles, handbooks, adult and YA fiction, among others.

  • Light (baseline) copyediting—your material is checked for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. All citations and corresponding references are checked for correct formatting and consistency. 
  • Medium (organizational) copyediting—your material is checked for spelling, grammar, punctuation, style consistency, and format. Redundancy and ambiguity are checked and queried if necessary. The copyeditor will check the relationship of relevant text to tables and graphics. Verb tenses and voice are checked and corrected where necessary.
  • Heavy (substantive, content) copyediting—includes all of the above and also incorporates improving the flow and organization of the text. Remedies any ESL concerns, and also ensures uniformity and clarity of the material.
  • Proofreading—our proofreaders check material that has already been typeset. They will mark for correction any typos, punctuation errors, grammatical errors, and formatting issues. They also check to ensure the applied style has been adhered to. Proofreading serves as one last final check before printing.
  • Indexing—we will create combined or separate author and subject indexes according to your style and content preferences. If keywords are necessary, the indexer will compile a keyword list.


In publishing, looks count. An appealing and expertly designed cover makes readers want to look inside. No matter how great the writing, storytelling, or the author’s expertise, a poorly designed interior makes your book harder to read and therefore harder to attract readers. This is also essential for non-fiction and scholarly works where organization is key. Our layout, typesetting, and cover design services will take your book to the next level.

We can design customer interiors, layouts, and covers for the print or ebook editions of your book. Choose from a variety of trim sizes for paperback and hardcover. Print and ebook packages are also available.

  • Text layout/design—text design is a powerful tool in marketing your book. We will create a layout that will enhance your text and help organize your book for the maximum experience of the reader. 
  • Typesetting—your copyedited files can be set to printed page formats that you supply or that we design. 
  • Cover design—a professional and aesthetically pleasing cover is essential for the success of your publication. It is the first thing a reader sees, and it can either draw them toward your book or push them away. We will work with you to design a cover that fulfills your vision and that can also maximize sales in your targeted markets. 

Ebook Conversion

Many writers find that the majority of their sales come from ebooks. We offer high-quality file creation suitable for all major vendors with a full-year guarantee on all your submitted files. We can create ePub, Mobi, and PDF files that include proper tagging and online-search capabilities to make your ebook-publishing experience seamless and help maximize your ebook distribution potential.

If you are also publishing a print version, we can take the same finished typeset file and convert it into ebook formats that can be read on Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Nook, and other handheld devices.

The next step: Publish