Let us polish your prose, design and format your book for publication.
We have made lengthy careers of helping talented writers
to do their best work, and to present that work in attractive form. Submitting
your book to a publisher? Or selling a self-published work at retail? Either
way, we'll give it the professional finish it needs to compete in today's
Editing: Whether you need just a final proofreading, or
in-depth assistance in shaping and organizing your manuscript, or any level
of editing in between, we're good, we're quick, and we're easy to work with.
Design and formatting: We'll put your work on the page, in
attractive, readable form, and ready for print according to your publisher's
or printer's specifications. We work in industry-standard Adobe InDesign software
and, when required, Microsoft Word.
For the latest details about our editing and design services, please see our
Story development, copy editing and proofreading
By John Meyer
In-depth editing service: An informal, results-oriented collaborative
process will help you shape and organize your text, identify gaps and clarify your narrative.
Starting from a sample chapter, I can offer recommendations about the level of editing your
Standard copy editing: Finding and smoothing out the rough edges of a text
are a specialty. I'll help your own voice be heard, faithful to your own style, while ensuring
your prose is clear, correct and compelling.
Fact checking and original research: Ensuring absolute accuracy is essential
for non-fiction. Avoiding anachronisms and factual errors is also important for a fiction writer's
credibility. As a veteran news-media professional, I'll verify any aspect of your story that can
be checked, and advise you on historical, cultural or technical contexts when needed.
Basic proofreading: If you're an experienced author, confident in your
skills, you may need nothing more than a careful, professional review to catch the inevitable
text glitches and typos that will be invisible to your own eye.
Writing coaching: For beginning authors who have a story to tell, but not
a lot of experience in the printed word, I can help you structure your writing to make it easy for
readers. In 30-plus years as an editor, I've improved the work of hundreds of talented writers,
from raw beginners to seasoned professionals.
Co-author or ghost writing: Need a pro to help you tell your story effectively?
I'll work with you to master your material and shape it into a readable narrative, with or without
a co-author credit, as you prefer.
Publication & cover design, typography, formatting
By Kate Meyer
Cover designs. I'll create an attractive, effective cover for your work,
with professional typography and illustrations as appropriate. Custom or stock photos or
artwork can be used. I can also create original artwork, using digital or traditional media.
Typography and page formatting. I will work with you to select the right
fonts for your text, headings and other page elements, and format the pages to meet your
publisher's or printer's specifications. I'm expert in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Page layout and design are a specialty.
Promotional materials. Need bookmarks, postcards, brochures or posters
to help you sell your book? I have spent decades creating powerful, effective marketing
materials, many of which have won publishing industry awards.
We offer our services on either an hourly or a flat-rate schedule. When we are acquainted with
an author's work, we are happy to commit to a flat rate, based on the book's estimated word count. For
new clients whose writing style isn't familiar to us, an hourly rate may be better for both parties. This
ensures that you get the necessary level of attention to your work, and that we are fairly compensated for
To assess the level of editing your manuscript needs, and to propose a rate that will be fair
to you and to us, we'll be happy to review a sample chapter at no cost and with no obligation. When we
have an idea of your writing style, we will make a recommendation about the scope of services and our rates.
Cover design and page formatting will normally be done on a flat-rate basis, mainly determined
by the book's size.
What writers say about John Meyer's editing
"John has a sharp eye to size up a piece of writing, improve on its
strengths and fix its weaknesses. He has the uncanny ability to make your work
better and do it in a way that's gentle, respectful and gets the job done."
Kenneth R. Weiss
former environment reporter
Los Angeles Times
"Many editors can fix copy but John goes beyond that: He improves writers. I was reminded
of this recently when, many years after John last was paid to be my editor, I wrote something that
betrayed ignorance on a point. He explained what was wrong and how to avoid a repeat. My ego not only
stayed intact, it was boosted by the realization I had just become a wiser writer. Editors who only
correct text change your voice. Look for editors like John who help you sing."
editor at large
New York Times
"I worked with John Meyer for five years at a daily newspaper, and was amazed at his consistent ability to
report and write multiple stories each day in addition to lengthy, thoughtful pieces for the weekend papers. After he
was promoted to city editor (and managing editor soon after,) I inherited his City Hall beat. I remember the city manager
commenting that John was easily the best reporter to have covered the office during his tenure. John is exceptionally
smart, talented, thorough, fast, tenacious and fair –- qualities that earned him the respect of editors, reporters, and
even the sometime-adversaries he covered.
"As an editor, he is able to simultaneously grasp the big picture and the small details that reveal the heart
of the matter. His exceptional abilities would be an asset to any project he undertakes."
about the writer
"John’s editing skills go far beyond the commonly accepted parameters.
He keeps writers on track with the narratives they propose, consulting
with them rather than talking to them, guiding them through the organization of
thoughts that can overwhelm those too close to their own prose to see the
flaws. He sustains a seamless, rhythmic and conversational manuscript while
preserving and reinforcing the writer’s voice. The result is as it should be when
writer and editor collaborate: there is no evidence the editor was ever there.
That is an art form."
Charles M. Anderson
retired executive editor
Wilmington (NC) Star-News
"John's native instincts for the proper written word translate also into
his impeccable speaking ability, either public before an audience, or in dealing
one-on-one. The two go together, with the end
result of producing meaningful words for a comprehensible message. John senses this
message and edits in a style to fit the intent for potential readers. That versatility
and adaptability lets him handle light or heavy, humor or seriousness, summary conclusions
or expanded details -- whatever an author wishes."
Wilbur D. Jones, Jr.
author and military historian
John Meyer is a member
of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
About Kate Meyer's design work
Kate Meyer is certified
as a Microsoft Excel Specialist.
Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.
Cape Fear Images, Inc.
5621 Athens Lane
Wilmington, NC 28405-3716