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ZSH Literary

Editorial Services and Book Development

Author Consultation, Development and Collaborative Writing Services

With the advent of the e-book and the acceleration of cross-platform, multimedia content distribution, we find ourselves at an unprecedented time in book publishing history. Major trade publishing houses are shrinking and publishing fewer titles. Even authors published by major trade houses are discovering that their editors expect proposals and manuscripts to come in at a higher level than ever before. Additionally, many supremely qualified authors are either not finding homes at the major trade houses or are electing to go the self-publishing route. In this climate, new opportunities have arisen. Increasingly, books will be published exclusively in electronic form or on-demand which means authors will have more freedom to do it themselves.

What will be required in this rapidly changing landscape are top-flight editorial and writing services:

This is where we come in.

Who We Are and What We Do

  • Have you or your organization ever had a book idea but felt that you didn't have the time or the know-how to make it a reality?
  • Have you always dreamed of writing a novel but lacked the direction or editorial guidance to see it through?
  • Have people always told you that you have an amazing story to tell but you don't know where to begin?
  • Or perhaps, you have a brilliant book concept but have no idea how to produce a nonfiction book proposal.

ZSH Literary offers a full range of high-quality editorial and writing services to authors and individuals at every stage of the book development process. Our staff is composed of individuals with decades of experience working with the world's largest and most successful trade publishing houses. We've been involved in the editing, writing and selling of a diversity of major bestselling fiction and nonfiction books both in this country and abroad. Our expertise extends into the areas of business, history, science, current affairs, journalism, how-to, psychology, biography, memoir, inspiration, children's, pop culture, new media, health and wellness, sports, and commercial and literary fiction.

We provide a host of literary services that will enable you to fulfill your publishing goals and dreams. ZSH Literary's services include:

Nonfiction

  • Book idea and concept development
  • Development and editing of a nonfiction book proposal
  • Writing of a nonfiction book proposal
  • Manuscript consultation
  • Conceptual editing
  • Line editing
  • Collaborative writing
  • Copyediting

Writers will learn to identify the key themes, elements and salient points of their manuscripts and use them to create a clear compelling narrative. Academic and experts will learn how to translate important and sophisticated ideas and findings into prose that is accessible to a trade audience.

Fiction

  • Concept development of novel
  • Development of story collections
  • Structuring of plot and shaping of characters
  • Manuscript consultation
  • Conceptual editing
  • Line editing
  • Collaborative writing
  • Copyediting

Fiction writers will learn how to develop their voice, create dramatic tension and interweave layers of the plot.

Memoir

  • Manuscript consultation
  • Conceptual editing
  • Line editing
  • Collaborative writing
  • Copyediting

Memoirists will learn how to identify and weave together the key dramatic moments and themes of their memoir as well as create complex characters, dramatic tension and a sense of place.

ZSH Literary works with authors to prepare their work to be considered by major trade and independent publishers, literary agents and/or for self-publication. Our goal is to help you give life to your ideas and voice to your vision.

For further information or a fee quotation, please contact Jennifer Gates or Lane Zachary.