Every text needs an editor. Sooner or later, as you progress from your ‘shitty first draft’ (as Anne Lamott calls it) through your own revision process, you’re going to need a second pair of eyes. With luck, those eyes will belong to someone who’s a great reader, who will see what it is you’re trying to achieve, and who will be able to point out ideas for helping your work achieve it. 

“Hard writing makes easy reading. Easy writing makes hard reading” 
— William Zinsser, On Writing Well

This is where I come in.  It’s said that an editor is the person who thinks of the reader, not the author. I see editing as more like mediation. Both you and your manuscript have to be happy. I can work with you at any stage to help you keep your project on course.

If you’re not sure what it needs, a manuscript appraisal may help to get you headed in the right direction. The feedback I’ll give you will include what’s working well, what needs tightening up (or cutting), how publishable the work seems in its current state, ideas about where it might fit into the market, etc. 

If you’re further ahead, I can work with you to tighten it. And if you’re ready to send it out, I can format your submission document so it looks flawlessly professional.

If you plan to self-publish, I can format the text ready to go. 

Just get in touch when you’re ready.

Manuscript appraisal

Before you’re ready for an editor — maybe even before you’re finished writing — you may need someone knowledgeable to cast an eye on your work and let you know how it’s looking. I provide a full appraisal service for any kind of writing. I will give you detailed feedback of no less than 1,000 words and probably more. I’ll outline what the strong points are, and where it needs work and exactly why; what needs to be done with it and how to achieve that. 

When you’re writing a long work, it’s easy to become besieged by details. A timely manuscript appraisal can help you see the wood for the trees.

You’ll get: 

  • Notes on what I think is working well and where it needs more work
  • Suggestions for possible fixes
  • Further reading suggestions
  • An analysis of how publishable it is and/or what kind of market it might be suitable for

I read for readability, clarity, plot structure or narrative arc, character development (or in nonfiction, narrative voice). I read for publishability, so please bear in mind that any critique I give will be based on how interesting I think the work might be to other people — and I’ll give you some ideas abotu which other people, i.e., which part of the publishing market, you might aim it towards. 

Get in touch and tell me what you’re working on.

Editing

I offer a full editorial service to get your manuscript up to its professional best before you send it off.

“Every text needs a good editor”

Editing is more than just proofreading. As your trusty editor, I can do any or all of these things:

  • Work with you to develop a book out of what you have in hand
  • Help you find a narrative arc to shape your poetry or short story collection
  • Edit your manuscript in house style, if you have one, or for tone
  • Check for sense, literals, clichés, repetition, contradictions and other conflicts
  • Check for sense, literals, clichés, repetition, contradictions and other conflicts
  • Line-edit to make sure your terminology, usage, punctuation, style and all other details are correct and consistent
  • Put your footnotes into the correct style
  • Proofread

Drop me a line to outline your project and get a quote.