Everything on the page matters. Every comma, colon, hyphen, and apostrophe is a miniature test to demonstrate that your work deserves attention and respect.
Meticulous proofreading is essential, as is thoroughly evaluating the big concepts that undergird the foundation of your project – whether that be fiction or nonfiction. Though not always necessary, hiring an experienced editor is the best way of ensuring that your ideas are sound and that those niggling typos don’t slip through the cracks for all to see.
Hiring an editor will also earn you a confidant and a booster in an endeavor that can be isolating, tedious and daunting. Even the best of us need some sympathy and encouragement, and an editor will be there to motivate and help you see the forest for the trees when the task becomes bewildering.
If you need help with a project, then let’s discuss your writing and how to get it ready for publication. I’m particularly interested in novels of all kinds and nonfiction works concerning science, history, travel, outdoor adventure and ecology.
My current rate is $40-50/hour depending on the rigor of the project. Contact me at email@example.com or 206.883.6166.
I hope to work with you soon!
BRIEF CURRICULUM VITAE:
• Publisher/owner of Latah Books, which produced 4 critically-acclaimed books in 2018 and has many more in development for 2019-2020. Visit www.latahbooks.com to see our work and learn more.
• Book editor and publishing consultant for fiction and nonfiction writers, including New York Times bestselling author Dr. Michael Gurian and Printz Honor author Terry Trueman. Other recent book projects include Patrolling the Heart of the West, The Call, Escape into Rain, The Stone Boys, Arizona Enforcers, and several others in more nascent stages of development.
• Copy editor and proofreader who has assisted business owners, scientists, environmental advocates, and political aspirants.
• Author of novels, Deep Fire Rise (voted one of the top 75 Pacific Northwest novels of all-time by Goodreads) and If We Get There.
• Journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in The Daily News, The Chronicle, The Reflector, the Willapa Harbor Herald, the Wahkiakum County Eagle, the Nisqually Valley News, The Town Crier, Bugle, High Country News, Real Change, and as the featured cover story for American Motorcyclist (March 2014).
• Investigative reporter who was awarded a first-place prize by the Outdoor Writers Association of America for best conservation/nature radio segment in the nation in 2018. My ongoing series about forestry herbicides and their impact on local wildlife has been praised by the editors of Northwest Sportsmen Magazine, Cascadia Wildlands, Beyond Toxics, and The Yakima Herald.
“Jon Gosch is a keen, professional editor and a pleasure to work with. He was quick to understand my vision and voice, and ensured that my prose always matched my message and tone. He’s also a meticulous proofreader with a knack for catching the small (but sometimes hugely embarrassing) typos many others miss. I recommend Jon’s work to anyone in need of an editor with a sharp eye and a steady hand.”
–Michael Gurian, New York Times bestselling author. His most recent release is the critically-acclaimed collection: The Blind Woman and Other Stories
“I always wanted to write a book about my days as a state trooper. I have had fun with my project and have written close to fifty short stories. In order to prepare my stories for publishing, I purchased and used an online editing application. I spent weeks going through all of my work, then contacted the owner of a publishing company. His comment to me on using a computer editor was, ‘That’s nice, but you need a real editor – a human being trained to improve and correct your work.’
Truer words were never spoken. Jon Gosch came highly recommended, so I hired him to go over my work. Wow, money well spent! Jon’s corrections and ideas for improved dialogue and story building have been a blessing to my work.”
–Steve Raabe, author of the popular book: Patrolling the Heart of the West
“I was looking for someone to review, edit and improve my self-published visionary fiction trilogy. Jon took on the project and in a short period of time delivered back a detailed, insightful, useful critique of Book 1. We had several excellent review/brainstorming sessions and I am now in the process of revision. I recommend Jon highly based upon the quality of his work, the fairness of his fee, and the spirit that he brings to the work.”
–Robert Cole, author of The Call
“I love his work!”
–Jerry Bustin, author of Arizona Lawmen, Renegades, and Prickly Pear Jam (Shortlisted for 2017 Laramie Book Award)
“Working with Jon is inspiring and refreshing. He helps me focus on the essential story elements.”
–John Robideaux, author of Escape into Rain (forthcoming)