Editors who are not steeped in sports knowledge will struggle with numbers, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling variations. A sports fan/reader knows that the lingo is “home run,” not “homerun;” “Super Bowl,” not “Superbowl;” and “0-for-4,” not “zero-for-four.” Experienced sports editors are able to recognize what’s right and what’s wrong to achieve consistency.
For your book, it’s very important to hire a sports editor with book editing experience. He or she knows the difference between writing for newspapers and websites (short, choppy sentences and paragraphs; AP Style) versus the longer, more literary phrasing and construction found in books (which must follow Chicago Manual of Style).
Line editing, copy editing, content/developmental editing, proofreading, query letters
Fiction: novels, young adult, children’s, historical fiction
Nonfiction: memoirs, history, health/wellness, mental health, personal finance, military, politics, sports, biographies, social issues, and more
DAVID ALAN has edited more than 200 books and authored nearly 100 books for 30 publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, Lyons Press, Random House, Running Press, Warner Books, Total/Sports Illustrated, and Scholastic.
His books have generated more than $20 million in revenue and have appeared on the Today show, The Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. His rating on Goodreads.com is 4.2, based on more than 3,000 ratings.