Gary James is the owner of Jamesgang creative + communications, offering professional book editing and formatting services, layout design and ghostwriting.

Copy editing is the process of reviewing and correcting written material to improve its accuracy, clarity, consistency, and overall quality before publication. It involves correcting spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. I search for typos, missing words, improper use of commas, periods, and other punctuation marks. A goal is to ensure consistency in spelling, formatting, style, capitalization, hyphenation, abbreviations, and adherence to a particular style guide. Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) is preferred for most books. AP Style is primarily used in writing news releases (which I can also help with as I have years of experience in public relations). If you wish, I can also work with you in reducing wordiness and clarifying meaning by restructuring sentences for better flow. When working on non-fiction that requires factual accuracy or legal issues (names, dates, statistics, etc.), I rely on the author to present this information accurately. However, I can work with you in this respect should you need additional support. Most importantly, I collaborate with you to maintain YOUR VOICE and TONE. I aim to preserve your writing style.

As someone who has over 30 years’ experience writing on a variety of topics in advertising, branding, and public relations, I have written for many diverse clients. Throughout my writing career, I have worked on many projects where I wrote  “behind the scenes” for publications … read more

This includes working within a particular online book service, such as Ingramspark or KDP (Amazon) and Draft2Digital for online, ensuring proper spacing, indentation, and layout. When working with WORD®️ particularly, it is vitally important for you, the author, to also understand basic formatting techniques. This will save you time and money. I have a blog post that I have shared that will help.

The ins and outs of getting your book online can be daunting. I can consult with you on cover design, assist in getting everything online, or give you direction on best practices. I also can help upload your cover and set it up correctly if you’ve had it designed. You will be in control of all the necessary accounts and setups for distribution. You will have your own accounts, and no financial information will be shared with me.

The metadata is the information that describes your book, i.e., the title, subtitle, author(s), contributions, and so forth. It is a detailed process and somewhat time-consuming, but very important. If it isn’t done correctly, your book (and your account on KDP, for example) can be closed down. I work with you closely to make sure every piece of the metadata fits the industry standard.

In addition, I can help you set up your ISBNs and duplicate the metadata on Bowker, the office ISBN agency for the United States. (And save money: Did you know you can purchase the ISBNs directly?) You don’t need to purchase additional bar codes in many cases—KDP, for example, adds one to your cover at no cost.

Draft2Digital.com (for eBooks), Amazon.com  (for both), Ingramspark (libraries, bulk purchases), and Lulu.com (specialty artbooks).

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Gary James is the owner of Jamesgang creative + communications, offering professional book editing and formatting services, layout design and ghostwriting.

Copy editing is the process of reviewing and correcting written material to improve its accuracy, clarity, consistency, and overall quality before publication. It involves correcting spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. I search for typos, missing words, improper use of commas, periods, and other punctuation marks. A goal is to ensure consistency in spelling, formatting, style, capitalization, hyphenation, abbreviations, and adherence to a particular style guide. Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) is preferred for most books. AP Style is primarily used in writing news releases (which I can also help with as I have years of experience in public relations). If you wish, I can also work with you in reducing wordiness and clarifying meaning by restructuring sentences for better flow. When working on non-fiction that requires factual accuracy or legal issues (names, dates, statistics, etc.), I rely on the author to present this information accurately. However, I can work with you in this respect should you need additional support. Most importantly, I collaborate with you to maintain YOUR VOICE and TONE. I aim to preserve your writing style.

As someone who has over 30 years’ experience writing on a variety of topics in advertising, branding, and public relations, I have written for many diverse clients. Throughout my writing career, I have worked on many projects where I wrote  “behind the scenes” for publications … read more

This includes working within a particular online book service, such as Ingramspark or KDP (Amazon) and Draft2Digital for online, ensuring proper spacing, indentation, and layout. When working with WORD®️ particularly, it is vitally important for you, the author, to also understand basic formatting techniques. This will save you time and money. I have a blog post that I have shared that will help.

The ins and outs of getting your book online can be daunting. I can consult with you on cover design, assist in getting everything online, or give you direction on best practices. I also can help upload your cover and set it up correctly if you’ve had it designed. You will be in control of all the necessary accounts and setups for distribution. You will have your own accounts, and no financial information will be shared with me.

The metadata is the information that describes your book, i.e., the title, subtitle, author(s), contributions, and so forth. It is a detailed process and somewhat time-consuming, but very important. If it isn’t done correctly, your book (and your account on KDP, for example) can be closed down. I work with you closely to make sure every piece of the metadata fits the industry standard.

In addition, I can help you set up your ISBNs and duplicate the metadata on Bowker, the office ISBN agency for the United States. (And save money: Did you know you can purchase the ISBNs directly?) You don’t need to purchase additional bar codes in many cases—KDP, for example, adds one to your cover at no cost.

Draft2Digital.com (for eBooks), Amazon.com  (for both), Ingramspark (libraries, bulk purchases), and Lulu.com (specialty artbooks).

Contact me