Welcome to Black Dot Writing. Black Dot focuses on ghostwriting and editing books with distinctive and interesting content. I pride myself on honoring the subject, hearing the story, and capturing the voice of the author (that's you!). Because of my years as a writing professor, I understand what it takes to write a compelling book, edit a manuscript flawlessly, and get published. Other members of the Black Dot team include MFA's and Ph.D.'s and all of us geek out over an interesting story.
Contact me today to discuss your project: email@example.com
When we do a ghostwriting project together, you talk and I write. We spend several sessions interviewing where I asks questions, clarify details, and sketch out the narrative. Then, I create a detailed outline which we review and discuss together. Once you approve the outline, I begin writing.
The first draft of the manuscript is given to you for your review and input. Any changes or alterations made by you are incorporated, and you and I collaborate on specific details of the story. I then create a second draft of the manuscript and send it to someone on our editing team for review. I make the necessary edits, and then I deliver the second, complete manuscript to you. You will finally hold that book you always dreamed of writing. Congratulations, you are an author!
Throughout the entire process, the story belongs to you. You are the author, and I am the writer.
For me, it's really pretty simple: I love to hear people's stories. I am, and always have been, incredibly interested in people. I write memoir, fiction, and non-fiction, and I know how to make each genre the most compelling for the reader. Also, as a former professor, I know how to guide the writing process so it feels collaborative and not degrading. Writing a book is a big deal, and I enjoy helping you have a professional manuscript that you can be proud to submit to publishers.
For you, it's likely because you have a great book idea but not the time or know-how to make that idea a reality. If you have ever thought about writing a book but didn't know where to begin...this is where.
We also offer developmental and line editing (or both!) depending on your needs because every manuscript needs to be edited.
- Substantial revision and restructuring of your already written manuscript
- A "big picture" edit
- We review your book and help you achieve the best character development, highlight the most important aspects of the narrative, establish a comfortable pace for the reader and create an appropriate narrative arc.
- Line-by-line review of your already written manuscript
- A "nitty-gritty" edit
- We correct all errors in grammar, usage, spelling and style.
- We help you reword sentences to make them the most impactful.
All manuscript edits are accompanied with a thorough written review of general feedback on the book and next steps.
Research and Interviews
Sometimes your project will require additional research, interviews, or focus groups to bolster your claims, add another perspective, or share other insights. Because of my Ph.D., I am trained in how to appropriately word interview questions to avoid built-in biases, how to interview and analyze data, and how to lead a focus group. We can discuss these needs on a per project basis.
Developing a book proposal to land an agent or publisher is a time consuming task that requires a good understanding of the publishing world. Let us help you create a compelling book proposal that will get you noticed by a publisher or agent.
Kate Read, Ph.D. is a recovering academic who has been a professor of writing and sociology for over 10 years. Her doctoral research centered on the sex work community, where she found a passion for people's life stories. Outside of academia, her love of books and people translated perfectly to ghostwriting. She is currently a ghostwriter, copy editor, and heavy coffee drinker. If you'd like to see her complete C.V., please click here.