Writers feel reassured by an editor who is sensitive to their voice, collaborates kindly but honestly, and gives solid, knowledgeable guidance. I understand just how much time and effort you put into your writing, because I write too!
Critique and assessment
This is a detailed overview of the text to identify any areas that might need to be worked on in the writing and construction of your manuscript, providing supportive, practical and actionable feedback.
The critique process delivers notes on the manuscript at source, and a separate report.
Development helps you to find your voice, draw out the concept and thesis, analyse the content, structure and narrative, ensuring good logical progression and honing your manuscript into a cohesive whole.
Depending on the text and your chosen development path, it may need one round of attention, or be an iterative process involving several stages to produce a manuscript ready to take forward.
For more on this, see my article: ‘What is development editing?’
This can be a part of development work, but when a separate commission, it’s usually done by your editor.
It’s a substantial, active process to analyse and (re)construct your text for sense, logical progression and good narrative flow.
This addresses tone, expression and writing style at sentence level, rewriting to make your words flow beautifully.
This refines it further, concentrating on the detail: typographical errors, repetition, spelling, grammar and stylistic consistency, ensuring flawless presentation.
This stage also draws your attention to legal issues such as copyright, libel/defamation and equality, which could affect successful publication.
If you already have content that you’re looking to repackage – for example, turning your blog, talks, presentations or podcast transcripts into a book – I can help you shape your copy into a great new product.
How it works
As an editor, I collaborate with non-fiction authors who are signed to publishers or writing independently.
If you’re planning to approach an agent or publisher with your project, or you’re a writer looking to self-publish, or you’ve been asked by your publisher to commission editing, I can help.
The way I work with indie authors is to request samples and have an informal discussion first, just to learn about your needs and project, and for both of us to see if we’re a good fit.
I understand it’s important you find the right editor for you.
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