Janey Burton

PUBLISHING CONSULTANT

Editor & Contracts Negotiator

A Practical Guide to the Stages of Editing a Book

A Practical Guide to the Stages of Editing a Book

Before a book is ready to submit to a literary agent or publisher, or to be self-published, it is usually edited to a high standard. Unedited or poorly edited books won’t get book deals. Readers avoid low-quality self-published books. Increasingly, editors at...
6 Essential Terms of a Book Publishing Contract

6 Essential Terms of a Book Publishing Contract

You made it! You got a book deal and now here are the terms – the contract. The publisher is asking you to read it, sign it and send it back. Some of it is a bit confusing, but…I mean, they know what they’re doing so it’ll be fine to just sign it, right? Wrong!...
What If I Disagree with My Editor?

What If I Disagree with My Editor?

Editing can be a thing an author both dreads and longs for. It can be so difficult to get any real, professional response to your work, especially in these days where agents and publishers may not even reply to submissions and allow the author to take silence as their...
How Will an Editor Help? Three Costed Case Studies

How Will an Editor Help? Three Costed Case Studies

  You want to publish a book, you’ve done some research, and you think you might need an editor to help you – but how, and what will it cost? It’s the kind of question that can’t be answered without first answering a number of other questions. Will you be...
Am I Too Old to Publish my First Book?

Am I Too Old to Publish my First Book?

  The short answer is no, certainly you are not too old to publish a first book. I will bet you there’s at least one author, in the list below, who was older than you when their first book was published. Ten writers who started ‘late’ 1. Toni Morrison, winner of...
Should I Have My Editor Sign an NDA?

Should I Have My Editor Sign an NDA?

From time to time, I’m asked to sign an NDA before a potential client will tell me anything about their book. This does seem to be more common in the USA, but I know other UK editors also run into it. These are not authors who are going to be privy to trade secrets,...
Five Reasons To Hire An Editor Before Self-Publishing

Five Reasons To Hire An Editor Before Self-Publishing

You want to get your stories out there and make some money as well. Self-publishing seems like a great way to do it: you can make the decisions over every aspect of your book and receive the bulk of the sale price in royalties too. You’re sure that if you work hard...
Do I Really Need A Literary Agent?

Do I Really Need A Literary Agent?

This is such a common question, it’s really worth spending some time trying to get clear. First, let’s establish what a literary agent does, and how they get paid – these things will show us what they want. Then, let’s look at who needs an agent, who doesn’t and why,...