Manuscript Preparation & Editing

Prepress, Publishing, & Distribution
Marketing & Promotional Materials

About RealityIsBooks

Do you handle all the aspects of publishing books?
We produce or coordinate the production of practically every phase of getting your book in print and available to the mass market. For some specialty work, Associate talent is engaged as needed for specific projects as it is useful to do so. For instance, I can build simple websites such as this one, but my forte is content and editing, not website construction. If you want a website developed, you are not limited to my talents, rather we would direct you to various people depending on what you want the site to do. Likewise, some aspects of print, graphics, and editing projects might entail using associate talent. We also handle advertising, public relations, and marketing in a similar manner, coordinating efforts undertaken for authors as they direct. Depending on circumstances and your needs, we may arrange the work through RealityIsBooks or you may deal directly with these other sources.

Are you open to working with new associates?
Absolutely, again depending on timing and need. Email a resumé and a cover letter describing what it is that you have in mind.    

Will my book be available on
Yes, and Barnes & Noble (retail and on line), through Ingram Book Group, Baker & Taylor, and many more distributors, libraries and retailers. Our distribution reaches all areas of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, most of Europe and Australia.

Can I provide my own materials for parts of my book project?
You certainly can, and are encouraged to do so. With very few limitations, an author can benefit costwise and in shortening the time required to produce your book if you are able to provide such items as illustrations, photography, maps, etc. All such materials must be the property of the author or you must have obtained permission from the owner (copyright holder) to use the materials in your book. If you will furnish your own materials, they need to be in usable formats and of professional quality. Contact us regarding what is suitable.

How do I send you my manuscript?
If you have a manuscript you are considering publishing, we need to discuss your project first to determine how the services offered here can be appropriate for your objectives. Please call so we can talk about what you have in mind. If I'm not available, leave a message or send an email, and I will certainly reply or call you back. 
     To send your manuscript, attach a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file to an email and send it to Include your name, address, and phone number where you can most easily be reached. Although Word is preferred, we can also work with Rich Text Format (.rtf) files, OpenOffice (.odt) documents, or plain text (.txt) files. Other file types need to be converted to Microsoft Word or one of the formats listed for editing and page composition. If your manuscript is typed or handwritten, we can convert it to a suitable computer file format, or you can work with someone in your local area to input it to a computer file. Have your local source furnish you with a printout of the file for reference later on. Please see the Manuscript Preparation Guide available on this site to help you prepare your manuscript.

What is it, exactly, that you do?    
Besides publishing books for general and private distribution, I also edit and prepare promotional materials for business clients, and edit other materials as requested (college papers, doctoral theses, resumés, etc.).
     My background includes over forty years experience in the development, writing, editing, design, and production of advertising, promotional, and training materials for clients such as the American Hospital Association, Budweiser/Anheuser-Busch, Holiday Inns, McDonalds, Motorola, and Pabst Brewing Co., and sales and consulting for mid-range, network, and personal computer systems.
     The various editing and publishing related activities of are available to clients on a contract basis. If any of these may be of interest to you, please contact James Loftus by phone or email, below.
Can I send you something to add to the Click Me portion of this site?
Of course. If it is something that is consistent with the rest of the site content, I will be glad to consider it and, if it is added to the site, give you credit and a reference to your web site or email contact as appropriate. Include this information with whatever you send, please.

What are the illustrations that are used here?
Most of them are scanned from a reprint of the 1865 edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Charles L. Dodgson under the pen name of Lewis Carroll. The artist is, of course, John Tenniel, later knighted by Queen Victoria. These illustrations are what could be considered the original Alice art, although Dodgson himself illustrated an earlier manuscript version of the book.
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