Your article or book will pass through many stages on its way to publication. Copyediting before initial submission helps ensure that your work will be clean and well received. This stage may include reworking your citations to comply with the style of the journal or publishing house. Either before submission or after receiving a request to revise and resubmit, your work may require developmental editing to increase the consistency and strength of your thesis or to identify areas that should be cut or expanded. Once your manuscript has been accepted for publication, proofreading will catch any final spelling, formatting, or typographical errors before your work is introduced to the public. Finally, your book may require an index, a tool that is often taken for granted but greatly increases the utility and accessibility of your work. Of course, all of these stages are relevant to self-publishing as well! The Mercenary Pen is available to provide any or all of these services.
Research services include historical and topical research, fact-checking, and general consultation and guidance. Depending on the demands of each project, The Mercenary Pen can work to address specific research questions or verify information that you have already found. The Mercenary Pen is also available to answer your research–related questions and help you move past obstacles that you may encounter.