No! We do not offer any of the services offered by traditional publishers or self-publishers. Penrow offers writing and editorial services. To know more, please visit our services page or get in touch with us – firstname.lastname@example.org
While we primarily work with self-publishers and digital learning companies, we can assist just about anyone who requires writing or editing services such as individual writers, organizations that require marketing collateral, educational institutions that need academic tests and quizzes etc.
Of course! We understand that innovation calls for new requirements in every industry. However, the written word is eternal. We would love to explore new opportunities and expand our range of services.
The company runs on a freelance model. The entire team works in isolation while regularly communicating with each other.
As a young team, everyone at Penrow is a writer or an editor or both. There will always be a need for good writers and editors. In future, as the company grows, we hope to have project managers, instruction designers, and graphic designers on board.
What an editor does – Checks sentence construction, grammar, accuracy, consistency, and readability.
What authors can expect – modifications within sentences using track changes. Comments from the editor with queries or suggestions to improve sentence structure, clarity, and organization of content.
What a proofreader does – Checks typos, errors in spellings, punctuation, and spacing. Ensures that the final presentation is good before it goes for formatting.
What authors can expect – Flagging of overlooked errors and any last minute changes or suggestions. Authors can expect a clean file at this stage or one with few changes.
What the editor does -
1) If the manuscript is half written or the author is still in the ideation stage
The editor listens to the author’s ideas and their vision for the book. The editor suggests how to go about writing the book. For example, which storyline to pursue, which character should be the narrator, which plot needs to be emphasized, how the book should be structured for the best output, etc. The author writes the book with constant guidance and inputs from the editor.
2) If the manuscript is fully written but has not turned out as expected
Sometimes, ideas get confused when they are put on paper. The plot or the message is hidden within various anecdotes and examples that don’t really align. As a result, the final book seems to miss the punch. Developmental editors come in at this stage to “redevelop” the manuscript. The editor looks at the chapters, storyline, progression of characters, and other elements to see which parts need to be emphasized and which need to be removed or restructured. Here again, the author does the writing or rewriting but with detailed inputs from the editor on how to restructure the story or chapters.
What authors can expect -
For both points 1 and 2 (above), the author can expect to have quite a few telephonic conversations with the editor where they can clarify each other’s doubts and plan for the next course of action. Over these calls, they will discuss each chapter, plot, and character or element in detail to push the story forward in an organized manner.
In case the author does not have a complete manuscript and is still ideating, the editor might review content in chunks or chapters as the author finishes writing each portion. The editor might provide feedback several times and the author might make changes several times. It can be a time-consuming process.
In case the author has finished writing the manuscript, the editor will go through the entire manuscript and place several comments. At this stage, the author will rarely find any changes made to sentence structure or grammar because several paragraphs are likely to change as per the editor’s suggestions. However, the detailed comments will give the author an idea on how best to restructure each piece of information, where to move certain chunks, which parts to elaborate on and how, which parts to remove, etc.
The author can expect suggestions for entire story lines or characterizations to change during this process as the editor takes equal responsibility for the idea and content and works on every detail of the book.
Ghostwriters can help during 2 stages:
1) When the author has not yet written their book
2) When the author has a completed manuscript but it has not turned out in the expected way
What ghostwriters do -
If the author has not yet written the book, a ghostwriter may have a call with the author who will share his or her ideas with the writer. The author may alternatively send emails or notes with information to the writer. Ghostwriters do not ideate, suggest, or make any additions themselves (a major difference between developmental editors and ghostwriters). They only write what is told to them by the author in a clear and meaningful manner. All inputs have to be provided by the author alone.
If the author has a complete manuscript that needs restructuring, a ghostwriter can use the existing information to restructure and rewrite the book. Here the author and editor do not need to communicate unless absolutely necessary. The ghostwriter can work alone with the author’s initial manuscript. Here again, the writer will not include their ideas, make suggestions, or modify any information to enhance the plot or story.
What authors can expect -
A well-written manuscript that contains all the information provided by the author.