The editing process can be enjoyable and educational – really! You have a story, and I’d like to help you get it out there to readers.
I’ll help you with coaching, developmental editing, line editing, 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.
Specialties: Mysteries, Cozies, Urban Fantasy, Romances, Paranormal
Annie is excellent at tidying up my manuscripts, helping me present readers with a polished book every time! She’s quick, dependable, and always great at catching the little things that slip past me.
C. Greenwood, USA Today Bestselling Author
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, Asfidity and Mad-Stones
How did I ever publish a book before Annie came along? I thought I had a firm grasp on grammar, but she catches things I never knew were mistakes. I’ve had readers comment on how well edited my books are now, something that never happened before I made the investment with The Editing Pen. If you’re writing, you need to put your book in front of a great editor before you hit “publish,” and Annie’s the best.
Linda Crowder, The Deadly Art of Deception
Developmental editing takes a broad approach. We’ll focus on plot, character, dialogue, tone, and style. I’ll offer comments, suggestions, changes, and informational links to help you tighten and strengthen your story.
Thorough copyediting makes your manuscript a smoother read. If errors in punctuation, sentence phrasing, hyphens v. em dashes, and verb tense agreement are found, even the kindhearted reader will send your book to the bottom of the TBR pile. Copyediting also ensures consistency, like making sure that Collum MacDonald doesn’t become Colin McDonald in a later chapter. I’ll also let you know if the pearl-handled knife on page thirty-five suddenly has a jade handle on page thirty-seven.
Thorough edits = good reviews = sales.
Once your manuscript has been edited, proofreading polishes up commas, cleans up word use, and checks for style, punctuation and grammar issues. This stage is just before you’re ready to publish.
After the story is sound and the prose is polished, your manuscript must still be formatted and converted to the right document type before going to print (or e-book). Whether you self-publish or go the traditional route, readers expect a properly formatted book.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free sample and quote.