What's in a name? Help name my freelance book editing business.
July 22, 2010 2:22 PM Subscribe
I need help naming my freelance book editing business. I do developmental editing--critiquing "big picture" elements of a story like Point of View, character and plot development, pacing, etc.--but it's not a term that most writers are familiar with and it goes by other names as well, which confuses authors. I don't do copyediting (grammar and punctuation). I'd like something that's either self-explanatory but not boring, or is witty/irreverent/intriguing, with extra points for a literary allusion.
For the business name, I've had ideas that range from the generic ( "Attentive Reader" "Manuscript Critique Services" ) to the more oblique ( "Book Mapping" or "Invisible Editing" ) but the right one hasn't grabbed me yet. I'm open to almost anything but would rather connote someone straight-shooting, smart, and insightful rather than someone fussy or hung up on rules. I typically work with authors who have finished a significant draft of their manuscript and who want an unbiased and fresh perspective on how to take their story or writing to the next level. What I produce is a 10-20 page written evaluation with examples from their manuscript to illustrate or support my critique.
Other relevant information: I work on genre fiction, literary fiction, creative non-fiction, sci fi, and memoir.