You’ve written something, but it’s hard to be objective.
— Does it need an overhaul?
— Is it fit for print?
— Will a publisher or agent even consider the proposal?
— Will the magazine respond to my query?
Even though I majored in English and pored over style guides and books on editing, I used to wonder these same things, because it is so hard to be objective about our own work!
Having a coach or editor to work with me in the early part of my career would have eased my mind and given me valuable input. Eventually I became an author and worked directly with editors who helped me revise my books, suggesting how to reorganize content, expand on an idea, or hack off a chunk of my project that wasn’t working. I learned a lot from their approaches.
When I was hired in 2009 to work on the editorial team of a large online organization, the managing editor invested in me, mentoring me over the course of several years. With her input, I developed stronger editorial skills and gained further insight into the publishing industry.
Over those years, I had the joy of editing many writers who published successful books and became known as national speakers.
Now it’s my turn to help you.
Having worked as a freelance writer and editor for over 25 years—and, as I said, having been mentored by an industry expert—I’ve developed extensive editorial skills that I’m ready to put to work for you, to help you prepare and polish your project.
Not every editor is skilled in all levels of editing. Work with me, and you’ll find I’m strong in developmental editing, copyediting—even proofreading. I’m committed to professional development and continually take courses and study to improve, so I can better serve clients.
Your website, blog posts, e-books, downloadable white pages, articles and books all benefit from quality editing. You want to send your best work to agents and publishers, magazines and clients. Don’t wait as long as I did to invest in your writing life.
Let me, as your editor, help you find your truest voice and develop your strongest ideas.
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Contact me using the form below to discuss how to put my editorial skills to work for you.