I currently work as an Acquisitions Editor (or Commissioning Editor) for CRC Press / Taylor & Francis, an international academic publisher, and therefore have a lot of experience reading and assessing book proposals, book drafts and manuscripts on a daily basis. In 2020 alone I have worked with over 100 authors in various stages of book-preparation. My experience is in academic, professional and/or non-fiction style books.
I am especially experienced in giving advice on the content and formatting of book proposals, helping to turn an idea into a fully-formed outline. When assessing or creating book proposals, I can explain exactly what information is most important to include, how much information each section should contain, and exactly what an Editor will be looking for when assessing the proposal. I can also help to draft the proposal itself - providing elements such as competitive analysis, blurb restructuring, market analysis, sales potential, content restructuring, and so forth. Once the proposal is drafted I can provide feedback and suggestions for further improvement.
For chapter and manuscript drafts, I can provide feedback on the content, structure and formatting of the manuscript. This can encompass elements such as text flow, style and phrasing, section ordering, scope, missing content, length reduction, competitive analysis and market analysis. I will ensure that the content of the drafts is in line with your overall specifications for the book. Please note that I am not a copyeditor or proofreader (nor have ever desired to be) so I will be looking at the drafts purely from a content development viewpoint, rather than a detailed grammatical analysis.
I currently work on computer science, cybersecurity, networking, communication, IT management, IT audit and emerging technology (AI, 5G, etc) books, and have previously worked on engineering books too, so I am particularly qualified to assess proposals and manuscripts in various areas of technology.