Editorial Services

The assessment process will check your entire manuscript for completeness, for language issues and overall organization. Glassleaf will also recommend the possible need for developmental editing, copyediting, and indexing. We also assess your content for any rights and permissions issues that may need in-depth analysis.

Copyediting is the thorough review of your manuscript by a trained and skilled professional copyeditor. This service ensures that your manuscript will be checked for grammatical, spelling, and structural errors prior to publication. No suggested copyediting changes are made to your manuscript without your approval.

Copyediting is the thorough review of your manuscript by a trained and skilled professional copyeditor. This service ensures that your manuscript will be checked for grammatical, spelling, and structural errors prior to publication. No suggested copyediting changes are made to your manuscript without your approval.

Glassleaf offers a choice of three levels of copyediting; with a progressive level of detail and recommendations for enhancements to your manuscript.

Proofreading is performed by a trained and skilled professional proofreader.

Once your manuscript is formatted by Glassleaf (at www.Glasstree.com), we can proofread that final formatted document to be certain that the final product reads correctly. You will receive a “proof” showing any errors or queries that Glassleaf's proofreaders have found for you review. You will make the final decision as to which items marked will be made to your formatted document.

Indexing is available for print titles. Glassleaf creates indexes using the services of highly experienced, professional, trained indexers.

Glassleaf offers a choice of four levels of indexing; with a progressive level of items included.

Authors may request that their self-provided indexes be copyedited by Glassleaf for errors in alphabetization, entrance page number ordering, indentations of subentries, and typos.

A Glassleaf developmental editor (DE) works collaboratively with you to evaluate your manuscript aimed at improving the overall structure, coverage of subject area, and completeness of content. The DE, who is experienced in your discipline, will help you shape and adjust your content so it is well received by your target audience. This process takes place before copyediting so that all changes are carefully reviewed again for quality to ensure they are editorially sound, consistent, and complete. No changes will be made to your work without your approval.

Glassleaf offers a choice of two levels of developmental editing; you choose which is best suited for your manuscript.

If your manuscript contains any historical, factual, scientific, technical or other information that should be verified you would benefit from this service.

The Glassleaf -assigned fact checker/technical checker will be a subject matter expert (SME) who will examine your manuscript, as you have written it, exclusively for factual accuracy. The SME will use all reputable sources to ensure that items including dates, names, court cases, geographic locations, and statements of fact are accurate. If the SME believes an error in a conclusion has been made, you will be queried. If the SME concludes that a section of content requires more information or citation in order to provide completely accurate information, the SME will include this in their commentary and or queries to you.


Glassleaf is highly experienced in the visual presentation of information and concepts. Visual aids can often describe a process more effectively than with written pros. Our team of highly talented and experienced artists will work with you to enhance your content with accurate and beautifully rendered illustrations.

We render black & white or full-color illustrations in a wide variety of styles from simple line illustrations to the most complex color illustrations; ten different levels of complexity are available. Our portfolio contains many samples of a variety of subject matter. In addition our artist will work with you to establish the style and color palette for your unique art program.

Your book may significantly benefit from images, video or other media. Following your image/media plan, we will offer creative image, video, and/or rich media options from royalty-free and rights-managed stock agencies and photographers. Glassleaf can also work with you to create your plan in a collaborative way. We will present you with multiple choices for your review and selection. Glassleaf will negotiate the rights you require with the rights holder and process all licenses for your review and signature.


Delivery times depend highly on the language and page count. Without initial glossaries, we can deliver two thousand sample words (about 8 pages) in 48 hours. After glossaries and samples are approved, we can translate, edit, and proofread up to a thousand pages per month.

Glassleaf has a network of professional translators, editors, and proofreaders. We use in-house subject-matter specialists to provide vocabulary and background materials upfront; they also review final copy.

Glassleaf will assign a translator that knows your subject. Our translators will not be learning the subject at your expense. We have a vast network of professionals with experience in diverse subjects. During editorial review and proofreading, we'll follow standard protocols for reviewing and proofreading the manuscript.

Professionals accredited by the American Translators Association develop certified translations. Translations are stamped with the ATA seal for legal purposes.

The translation process is similar to that of technical writing. There is a sequence of raw manuscript, editing, and copyediting. Finally, if the editorial review and proof is purchased, the translations are reviewed and proofread.

Please submit a representative sample of your work.

Translation prices vary, and while high prices do not necessarily guarantee high quality, we respectfully submit that below a certain level you are unlikely to receive a text that does credit to your original. If you are looking to pay the lowest possible price, you're unlikely to find a translator that's specialized in your subject.

When thinking about the price, be realistic and consider how much time you expect your translator to spend crafting the text that will promote you as an author. Keep in mind how much time you spent producing the original. We can offer you a standard price for first-draft translations, but additional editorial steps will most likely be recommended, depending on your writing subject and scope.

Translation is an industry of niche markets. Even the “for publication” category covers a broad spectrum of services and suppliers, commanding an equally wide range of prices.

A translation about neonatal resuscitation obviously needs to strive for accuracy and clarity above anything else. A journal of literary criticism should mirror its original style in other languages.

Some translations are technically accurate, yet the sentences do not flow as smoothly as they might. The original language may unduly influence word order or choice of vocabulary. Such translations are not particularly effective for selling, but may be good enough for readers who know the subject and can or have time to-read between the lines.

If you need Glassleaf to provide a “for-information” translation, as opposed to a “rewrite” or “adaptation,” please clarify this upfront. First-draft, “for-information” translations can generally be produced faster and cheaper than for-publication work.

Again, view translations as you view technical writings in your native language. If you are trying to sell or persuade, or if image is important to you, a first-draft translation will probably not be enough.

If you are pressed for time and want to get the gist of something for your own use, translation software may be helpful. This software is readily available. At Glassleaf, we do not provide machine translations. Texts generated by computer programs need so much editing that it is faster to retranslate them.

We do use electronic dictionaries, term bases, and tag-editing programs.

Yes. No one reads your text more carefully than your translator. Along the way, he or she is likely to identify sections where clarification is needed. An inquisitive translator is a benefit to you. Our goal is to prepare a foreign-language version with maximum impact for your particular audience.

There is a standard way to say things in the most widely used world languages. There is plain Spanish just like there's plain English.

Professional translators are first and foremost writers, capable of producing texts that read well in the target language. They are generally fluent in their source language(s) as well. Most importantly, they are effective bridges between the languages they work in; they can render the message of the original text, with appropriate style and terminology, in their native language.

Bilingualism is something else. Bilinguals speak two languages fluently, but are not necessarily skilled at moving information between the two, especially in writing.

True, scientific nomenclature in fields such as botany, zoology, or other sciences is both rigorous and international when properly used. An illustrated parts list in, say, a tank maintenance manual, will normally be fairly straightforward to translate. But any ideas developed in your original language will have to be correlatively developed in the target language.

We're ready to provide translated samples of your original texts, not just client names. We can provide samples of similar texts we have already produced. Feel free to show our samples to a trusted, language-sensitive native speaker (perhaps a foreign colleague or partner) for an opinion.

Other Services

Glassleaf offers individualized project management services packages. You choose how involved you want to be as a highly experienced Glassleaf project manager guides your book from the moment it is submitted to us until the successful conclusion of the production process. The status of your selected services will be available in real time on your dashboard on the Glassleaf website. Your MPS project manager is your trusted partner who will perform all the required publishing processes, so that you don't have to.

Many manuscripts utilize content from third party sources. To avoid any copyright infringement concerns that may arise from such use, it is critical that third party content be identified and rights to use this content be secured from the correct rights holder. Third party content includes text, photos, line art, and audio, video, and multimedia assets.

Especially in this Internet era, much content that appears digitally is in fact not the property of the entity that posts that content. Glassleaf has experts that are skilled in all aspects of third party content identification, research, clearance negotiation, and copyright law. Our services and solutions will help you avoid any copyright infringement issues with the rightful owners of such content.

Glassleaf offers a number of individualized service packages to meet the needs of your specific content requirements and the necessary tracking, paperwork, and payment options required in this process. We will work with you and the rights holder to obtain the best possible results for your book.

Many academic books have significant opportunity in the international market. Glassleaf can provide you with translation, editing, and proofreading services in seventeen different languages, including French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic. We have an extensive network of certified translators and editors who specialize in a wide variety of subjects. Glassleaf will carefully ensure that the translated manuscript is a true representation of the original.

Glassleaf offers a number of different packages from basic translation to full editorial services in many languages.

Glassleaf Publicity Services

The value of publicity engagement can be measured with links to bibliometric measurement data from articles, reviews, mentions, or interviews. Data can be analyzed to determine and gauge the impact and influence of you and your book.

We have partnered with a well-known U.S. publicity firm that has conducted thousands of book marketing and e-book promotion campaigns. They are one of the most experienced book publicity agencies in the entire publishing industry, and have extensive media and non-media influencer contacts.

You approve every press release before your publicist pitches the media. Your publicist creates introductory pitches you may not see in a fluid, evolving publicity campaign, but you absolutely approve all press materials.

The amount of media contact during a campaign depends on the type of book. For a very niche book, the media we contact may be limited, but for books with extensive and general potential appeal, we contact many, many contacts and outlets. In a book marketing campaign, it's not necessarily the quantity of media contacted, but the quality.

There is an internal strategic process our publicity team goes through in which they try to match every client with a publicist who possesses particular skill sets and experience that match the book and author goals. Usually, you cannot know who your publicist will be until you are confirmed to begin a campaign.

Generally speaking, in a publicity services campaign - aside from taking part in the media opportunities we secure – it won't require excessive amounts of your time. In full campaigns, we handle virtually everything - from handling media requests, and sending out books, to creating all your press materials and scheduling interviews. It's also important to keep in mind that we can and will work around your availability when scheduling media opportunities.

The reality is that there is no way to can predict book sales. So many variables are out of a publicist's control such as media reaction to a book and author performance on interviews, etc. that predicting book or e-book sales is impossible. However, if an author is interested in publicity services, we will not take on a book if we don't believe it has good potential for media coverage, which is the key to sparking book sales.

When your campaign ends and you choose not to renew your agreement, you are provided all the contact information for media who expressed interest in you and/or your book. This enables you to conduct your own follow up with these important contacts. Also, if anyone contacts your publicist about you or your book after your campaign is over, it is forwarded it on to you. It doesn't matter if it's one week, a month, or years after your campaign is over, all media leads are always directed back to you.

Yes, our publicity specialists have an international reach and can pitch English language media anywhere in the world.

Yes, all of partner firm publicists have developed and cultivated personal media contacts. Moreover, as a team, all contacts publicists develop are shared with other publicists.

Authors receive weekly written updates outlining exactly what work was conducted during the week, what media or strategic outreach influencers responded, and plans for the next week. Also, during the course of the campaign, you'll often be hearing from your publicist regularly as he/she schedules interviews, etc. Frequent communication is paramount!

Yes, our specialists implement e-book only campaigns and have developed techniques for e-book marketing. They also routinely work with authors who have both print and e-book version books.

When you advertise, you are paying to get a message to potential book buyers. You control when ads will run, how often, and where. Book marketing and e-book publicity is different because you do not have control over exactly what will happen. But when you earn publicity let's say a big article in a major magazine your book appears more credible because it's vetted and promoted by an independent party. Anyone can buy an ad in a magazine, but getting an editor to write a story about you gives instant credibility.

In most cases, only focusing on national media is not a good idea. We always pursue top relevant media for our authors, but it's very important to take advantage of all opportunities in a book publicity campaign. Literally, you never know who is listening to or watching a program, or who will read an article. There are many cases over the years in which coverage in a small print outlet or a local TV or radio interview has resulted in additional media opportunities, including national ones. Producers and editors at national outlets are always on the look for good stories and interesting authors, and one of the places they "look" is other media.
Additionally, small market radio or TV interviews and articles in small newspapers and magazines, by themselves, typically spark book sales and make good things happen.

Not usually. The vast majority of radio interviews can be conducted from the comfort of your office or home, and editors of magazines and newspapers will either e-mail you questions or set up a time to speak. The only travel required is for television interviews – nationally, regionally, and locally. National TV interviews can often be completed remotely via satellite from a network or cable affiliate near your location.

The short and honest answer: it varies week by week. One week a publicist may spend many hours conducting strategic outreach research, developing angles, media lists, personally pitching, and assessing what is working best. The next week may be fielding requests and questions from influencers and the media. There's no set number of hours required to effectively implement a book marketing campaign; it is a fluid, evolving, and flexible process that requires unbridled creativity.

While our partner publicity firm has built great relationships with the media over the past 19 years and has enjoyed media placements with thousands of media outlets worldwide, they do not have control over the timing or the actual information the media will share with their audiences. For example, an editor may talk with an author for an hour interviewing him or her for a feature in a magazine. The result may range from a four-page article with photos of the author and book cover, book title mention/excerpts and multiple author quotes, to a one or two line author quote. The article may run that week, next month, next year, or not at all (due to changes in plans). Our publicity team's expertise is presenting the media with an author and book for consideration and they have a solid track record of thousands and thousands of media placements for our authors. However, it is completely up to the media when, if and how they feature an author/book as part of the news, or choose to interview an author on radio or TV.

Media coverage takes time. Publicists begin media outreach the second week of the campaign (during the first week, we write press material and research initial media lists). After that, publicists initiate new outreach each week ultimately to a wide range of outlets using targeted “pitches” or introductions tailored to each media outlet's interests. In other words, they are not pitching every possible angle to every viable outlet all at once. Here's a typical timeline for a book review: Once a media contact expresses interest, a book is mailed and/or send an e-book delivered. The editor/reviewer adds the book to their consideration pile. If the book is chosen for a potential review, it is assigned to a reviewer to be read. The reading could take weeks from start to completion, depending on the person's workload. The reviewer writes a review. The media outlet decides if (there are no guarantees of a published review even at this point) and when they want to share the review. The process from initial interest to completed/published review can take weeks or months. For feature stories, expert commentary, radio or television interviews, etc. opportunities, the process could be shorter. It all depends on media timetable/needs.

Strategic outreach results take even more time. Research must be conducted to identify the right influencers, and then accurate contact information must be secured. Then, outreach begins. It may take multiple follow-ups for a publicist to get responses.

Press coverage for a book and author, in any form and in any market, is desired because it often leads to larger opportunities. When the media is interested in a person or project from our pitching efforts, they often research online for additional information. An article in a small market newspaper can catch the attention of a national producer and it has. The staff at smaller market television stations are often “nicer” to guests in helping them prepare for interviews, and these opportunities are great practice if national television is a goal. While we aggressively pursue the ideal media opportunities, we encourage clients to build their media portfolios with all plausible opportunities. The more exposure we generate at any level simply opens additional doors. We have seen this strategy work, time and time again.

The most reasonable answer is probably not. While it has happened, recouping book sales within weeks or even a few months of starting publicity is not expected. As detailed above, it can take weeks or months after initial outreach for media outlets to cover a book/author, create exposure and hopefully play a role in sparking book sales. While we cannot guarantee book sales or bibliometric impact at any stage, due to the time it takes to conduct outreach and/or secure media placements, and other things such as the time it takes for retail book outlets to report sales, it is unlikely to see book sales in the early stages of a publicity campaign.

Our publicity team does not directly pitch for or arrange speaking events. However, if this is an author's goal, in the press release bio sections, the author is positioned as a speaker. Although your publicist will be reaching out to media contacts and not individuals who specifically hire speakers, this approach has proved successful in attracting speaking opportunities for our clients. We recommend an author engage a speaker's bureau or contact the National Speaker's Association if interested in exploring a career as a speaker. Media placements ("as seen on"... or "as featured in"...) are outstanding credentials to add to a speaker's bio!

Your publicist's focus and expertise is media outreach and/or strategic non-media outreach to key influencers. In media outreach, we contact producers, editors, reports, bloggers, freelance writers, guest bookers, etc. at newspaper, magazine, television, radio and online outlets (tailored to the scope of the campaign).

In strategic non-media outreach, we focus on outreach to key influencers either working in, or having an interest in, the author's book and area of expertise, with the goal of securing positive commentary, endorsement or public discussion prompted by the influencer. While influencers may include high profile media personalities, they also may be academics, academic colleagues, politicians, or even celebrities.

Every well-known book has been subject to negative feedback at some point. When authors invite feedback about their work or expertise, it is up to the reviewer/media to share their opinion. Of course, the hope is that each client receives strong, positive reviews.

Our publicity team is available to answer questions promptly and routinely email clients with questions/information outside of the weekly updates. The main responsibility of a publicist, and what authors need them to be doing, is focusing their time and attention on media outreach. This is what will lead to the best results! Talking to a publicist everyday is taking time away from interacting with media. If clients like, publicists are happy to set up times to discuss the campaign as regular author input and brainstorming is essential to a campaign's success.

We will work with you to identify the specific academic community in which your book would best resonate, and collaborate to contact the academic associations, learned societies, university departments and research institutes that may have an interest in your book. We will follow up on advice from you as regards essential academic individuals and/or science journalists that could play a role in helping to promote your work.

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