These are the principles that guide every piece of work here at the Blue Garret, from a complex content edit to a simple proofread. There’s more to editing than correcting commas – although let’s get those commas right, too, while we’re at it.


Be human

Feel what the book is telling you to feel and pay attention to those feelings

Be honest

Authors cannot improve weaknesses they do not know exist

Be kind

Books come from authors’ hearts and minds, and they are to be treated with care

Be optimistic

Nurture the belief that there is a beautiful book buried in every messy draft

Be inclusive

Welcome all writers and honor their individual experiences

Be respectful of the reader

Anticipate the future reader’s questions and trust their intelligence

Be collaborative

Listen to the author carefully and work together to find the right path

Be focused

Bring your best attention and knowledge to every book