Ask the Book Doctor – Kendra Langeteig
What’s a Book Doctor?
Not every book doctor works on editing manuscripts, but most of us can troubleshoot anything from dysfunctional structure to complex grammar issues. The book doctor can help you when it comes to seeing the big picture of your book concept in relation to your audience and market, essentially working with you on a book project as your coach or consultant. This is the editor you want to go to for support when writing a book for a wide audience. This is also the editor that can help you to achieve the transformation you want to see with a major book revision.
What kind of books do you specialize in as a book doctor?
I specialize in books known in today’s market as “transformational,” books that encourage personal growth, healing, positive change: inspirational, self-development, memoir/personal narrative, how-to, spiritual philosophy, integrative medicine, and so on. I also have expertise for working on literary fiction, along with books on art and architecture. My wide-ranging interests and experience enable me to support authors writing books on virtually any topic. I love challenges. If your book presents an interesting learning opportunity, I may take you on! However, I am not the ideal editor for authors of strictly academic texts or highly technical books. I’m still recovering from an allergy to footnotes and tabulated statistics (having worked with scientists on pathogen reports for FDA).
How do I know what kind of treatment my book will need?
How much will it cost to hire you as my book doctor/editor?
The fee you pay for my professional services will depend on the level of editing required to achieve the results you desire, along with your budget for the project. Basic copyediting takes considerably less time for an editor to complete than making structural revisions or in-depth stylistic improvements. If you want custom high-end services, that will add to the fee. See “Services,” and “Rates.”
Can anyone write a book? What if I’m not a “real” writer?
Do I have to be an authority on a subject to write a book (as the word “author” implies)?
Can you help me to write a book if I only have a vague book idea and a few notes?
Who are your clients?
I specialize in working with professionals in the personal development/transformational field on guides, memoirs/personal narratives, and how-to books. I also enjoy working with novelists. Most of my book projects involve full-scale developmental editing and collaborative writing. See my Portfolio.