From writing the first word to polishing a final manuscript, here’s what we do.

Comprehensive Services for Writers and Authors

Writing is a solo sport, but nobody needs to go it alone.

You’ve written a book. Congratulations! Now what?

Or maybe you’re ready to write that book you know is inside of you. But how to begin?

Dancing Moon Press is a full-service author support system and book publishing company. We are a community of writers, authors, creators and dreamers who have faced the same struggles that you have to write good stories and get our work into print. Many of our dreams have come true. Now we want to help your dreams come true.

Our team leverages decades of personal experience to help you with every stage of book publishing, from writing down the first word to marketing your finished product to the world.

Dancing Moon Press works with authors at every stage of their careers. We can coach you in crafting and editing your story and pitching your work to the traditional publishing market. If you’re ready to take charge of your own project, we can shepherd your work through the publishing process with Dancing Moon Press as your imprint.

We are a hybrid press, which means we offer a blend of the benefits of self-publishing and traditional publishing. When working with Dancing Moon Press, authors retain all copyright ownership and project control. Yet you’ll have the benefit of becoming part of our community, with your book promoted on the Dancing Moon Press website catalog alongside dozens of other accomplished authors.

Our goal is to produce a better book than you thought possible and to make the process a pleasurable and personal one. Dancing Moon Press exists to nurture writers and help them realize their authorship dreams.

Everybody needs a cheerleader. Even better if the cheerleader knows what in the heck she’s doing.

Author Starter Kit:
Want to hash out your book idea before you begin? Converse with a published author and pro editor to understand the basics of publishing, talk through your concept and map out a plan.

Traditional Publishing Consult:
Confused about the ins and outs of traditional (non-self-publishing) publishing? We can help you navigate the territory. One of our experts can help you learn how to write a query letter, craft a pitch, search for an agent, pitch your book directly to publishers, try to land a book deal, and more.

Author Coaching:
Sometimes you need a coach to cheer you along in the writing process. We can provide support, encouragement, advice, help with organization and even set you deadlines if that’s what it takes for you to finally write that book in you. Services are available by email, phone, or in person.

A good editor brings perspective and experience plus a little bit of magic to your work.

Critique and commentary:
An overview analysis addressing book strengths and weaknesses with direction towards editing and manuscript improvement.

Developmental edit:
A deep-dive into the manuscript, resulting in up to 10 pages of detailed analysis addressing book strengths and weaknesses including clarity, topic organization, consistency, plot and character development with specific recommendations for improvement.

Line edit:
Substantive in-line editing for sentence structure, grammar, punctuation errors, and typos. [This step is required for Dancing Moon Press publication].

Proofread:
In-file corrections to grammatical and punctuation errors, typos, etc. [This step is required for Dancing Moon Press publication].

Essays, short stories, magazine articles, poetry and more:
Dancing Moon’s editors have vast experience in all kinds of writing and can professionally edit your work in any genre or stage of development.

There is nothing better than holding a book with your name on the cover for the first time.

Our team of editors, proofreaders, book designers, graphic artists, eBook converters, website designers, and printers will transform your manuscript into a beautiful work of art.

Authors retain full copyright, have final say over their cover design, and determine how many copies they want printed — from 25 copies to multiple thousands. Our books are printed on high quality paper stock, with scuff-free gloss or matte lamination on the cover.

We can produce all types of books — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, chapbooks. We can produce softcover, hardcover, and eBooks. We can print with a traditional book printing company or an online print on demand service like Amazon. We can create e-book files.

We’ll take care of these required elements for books in print:
ISBN (International Standard Book Numbers) assignment
Registration in Books in Print
Library of Congress registration
Bar codes

All Dancing Moon Press published books are featured on our website with links to purchasing options.

You can judge a book by its cover.

The book cover is the first thing a reader sees. It’s your primary shot at drawing attention and inspiring intrigue. A great cover communicates theme, incites emotion and makes a reader reach out with both hands.

We work with a team of designers to create the perfect book cover for you and your project. Interior content design, formatting, and file production are available. We can scan photos and line art into text and create just about any look you want.

Author photos

Coaching & Consults

Everybody needs a cheerleader. Even better if the cheerleader knows what in the heck she’s doing.

Author Starter Kit:
Want to hash out your book idea before you begin? Converse with a published author and pro editor to understand the basics of publishing, talk through your concept and map out a plan.

Traditional Publishing Consult:
Confused about the ins and outs of traditional (non-self-publishing) publishing? We can help you navigate the territory. One of our experts can help you learn how to write a query letter, craft a pitch, search for an agent, pitch your book directly to publishers, try to land a book deal, and more.

Author Coaching:
Sometimes you need a coach to cheer you along in the writing process. We can provide support, encouragement, advice, help with organization and even set you deadlines if that’s what it takes for you to finally write that book in you. Services are available by email, phone, or in person.

Manuscript Editing

A good editor brings perspective and experience plus a little bit of magic to your work.

Critique and commentary:
An overview analysis addressing book strengths and weaknesses with direction towards editing and manuscript improvement.

Developmental edit:
A deep-dive into the manuscript, resulting in up to 10 pages of detailed analysis addressing book strengths and weaknesses including clarity, topic organization, consistency, plot and character development with specific recommendations for improvement.

Line edit:
Substantive in-line editing for sentence structure, grammar, punctuation errors, and typos. [This step is required for Dancing Moon Press publication].

Proofread:
In-file corrections to grammatical and punctuation errors, typos, etc. [This step is required for Dancing Moon Press publication].

Essays, short stories, magazine articles, poetry and more:
Dancing Moon’s editors have vast experience in all kinds of writing and can professionally edit your work in any genre or stage of development.

Book Production & Publishing:

There is nothing better than holding a book with your name on the cover for the first time.

Our team of editors, proofreaders, book designers, graphic artists, eBook converters, website designers, and printers will transform your manuscript into a beautiful work of art.

Authors retain full copyright, have final say over their cover design, and determine how many copies they want printed — from 25 copies to multiple thousands. Our books are printed on high quality paper stock, with scuff-free gloss or matte lamination on the cover.

We can produce all types of books — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, chapbooks. We can produce softcover, hardcover, and eBooks. We can print with a traditional book printing company or an online print on demand service like Amazon. We can create e-book files.

We’ll take care of these required elements for books in print:
ISBN (International Standard Book Numbers) assignment
Registration in Books in Print
Library of Congress registration
Bar codes

All Dancing Moon Press published books are featured on our website with links to purchasing options.

Design

You can judge a book by its cover.

The book cover is the first thing a reader sees. It’s your primary shot at drawing attention and inspiring intrigue. A great cover communicates theme, incites emotion and makes a reader reach out with both hands.

We work with a team of designers to create the perfect book cover for you and your project. Interior content design, formatting, and file production are available. We can scan photos and line art into text and create just about any look you want.

Author photos