authors

Authors have a tough time. It can be a lonely business. It's so easy to become too close to your own writing. Things can be even tougher for you if you're going it alone as an independent, with no one to act as a second pair of eyes. 

Wouldn't it be good to know that when you've finished that first draft, you have someone in place with fresh eyes, and the training and experience to pick up not just the typos, punctuation, and grammar, but also to highlight those things that, over time, and many rereads, you have missed because you have read not what you have written but what your overworked brain thinks that you have written? Proofreaders and editors are specifically trained to read in quite a different way so that these errors can be quickly flagged and corrected. 

What I can do for you

  • Proofread/copy-edit your novel, novella, or poetry

  • Substantive editing of your work, don't forget, there's a mini glossary of these terms on the information page

  • Format your final draft so that it is ready for the oh-so-particular way that publishers like to receive your manuscript.

Please contact me for an informal discussion on how I might be able to help with any or more of these suggestions.

My experience

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.

  • I have worked closely with independent authors and have proofread, copy-edited, and substantively edited a number of novels. 

  • I write too, therefore I share your pain, and am aware of the pitfalls of going it alone. 

Benefits I can provide

  • I offer friendly and constructive advice. You will find me easy to get along with and always enthusiastic about your project; I am fascinated by what makes authors' tick! 

  • I will always ensure that your words are clearly written and easily understood, and most importantly, that they convey the sense that you intended.

  • An accurate and fast turnaround service, always with a smile. 

  • As a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) I am bound by its established code of practice.

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If you would like to work with a friendly and dedicated editor who understands that sweat and tears have gone into your opus, then please do get in touch. Remember: a professional edit will show your work at its very best for your readers.