The Editing Pen
It's time to edit your book! The editing process really can be enjoyable and educational. (It's true!) You have a story, and I'd like to help you get it out there to readers. Editing Pen will help you with coaching, developmental editing, copyediting, or proofreading to clean up your manuscript and enhance the story you need to tell. If a beta read is all you need (so poetic!), then I offer comments and suggestions to tighten your story and freshen those characters. I have a background in teaching and love supporting new or established writers. Let's talk about what you need, and I’ll take a quick look at your manuscript and provide a quote and free sample for you. Authors’ books are frequently Tweeted, posted in Facebook groups, and added to ePen eNews.

We’ll work on plot, character, theme, language, dialogue, rhythm, patterns, conflict, protagonist v. antagonist goals and motivations, setting, scenes, atmosphere, and more. I’ll provide running commentary in the margins, some inline editing, and plenty of links and information for your final draft before a line edit.

Here we’ll focus on grammar, punctuation, formatting, numbers, clarity, dialogue, sentence structure, and if the ivory-handled blade suddenly became a jade switchblade in the next chapter.

Proofreading

You’re almost ready! Proofreading is right before you turn over your manuscript to the publisher. I’ll check misplaced punctuation marks, random and crazy layout glitches, misspellings, incorrect word usage (wear vs. where) and more.

Bonus: When your author friend signs up for developmental/coaching or line editing and mentions your name, YOU receive a discount on your next edit.

Specialties

Mysteries, Thrillers, Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, and Cozy Mysteries.

Send me a couple of chapters via e-mail for a free sample edit.

You’ll then receive a quote with the sample. Your quote is based on how many corrections per word count and if you are in need of a line edit or a proofread.

Take a look at the kinds of things I comment on and the corrections made. If you feel we are a good match for your project, I’ll send you a letter of agreement, and 50 percent payment is due upon manuscript delivery.

Then I’ll get started on your story! We’ll keep in touch via e-mail, and the balance is due upon return of your completed edit.

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Editing

Every writer needs a strong, smart editor with a sense of humor. I am fortunate to have found that person in Annie. She has a wonderful sixth sense about what I’m trying to say and sculpts my intentions into understandable form. I cannot recommend her highly enough if you are looking for the best possible burnishing of your tender manuscript. 
-H. Byron Ballard, Author of Asfidity and Mad-Stones

20+ Years Editing
MFA in Writing
Adjunct Faculty in Theatre
Adjunct Faculty in Composition
Led Seminars in Story Structure and Analysis
Produced Playwright, Author

Developmental Editing Line Editing Story Coaching Proofreading