'You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.'
- Arthur Plotnik
I have worked as an editor for over 10 years, initially on academic journals but in more recent years, on a whole range of genres — including picture books, fiction for children and adults, and many non-fiction books. If you have a manuscript you need help with, I'd love to hear from you.
Writing is not all about perfect spelling and excellent grammar. Your story may be written in perfect English, but that doesn’t make it a best seller yet. With this service, I offer feedback on the manuscript as a whole. You will receive a page by page edit with notes about continuity, plot development, character development, timeline issues, the opening and closing sections of the story, whether or not a section needs to be deleted or rewritten, and anything else that will help to make your writing as good as it can possibly be.
Whether you want to self-publish or submit your work to an agent or publisher, it is important to make sure your manuscript is as clean and error-free as possible, so once you’re happy with your final draft, it’s time to hand it over for copy editing.
With this service, I will correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and ensure that the text reads smoothly.
The proofread comes after the copy edit and is the final stage of the editing process. The proofreader will be looking out for any outstanding errors that may have been missed in the previous copy edit so you will have a final manuscript that you are happy to share with the world.
'The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer.'
- Zadie Smith
But if you can't do that, let someone else do it for you!
EDITING & PROOFING
'This is the first project I have worked with Sarah on and I am impressed with the level of professionalism demonstrated in all communications. She is approachable if you ever need to ask about a comment she makes in the work she is editing, and the level of her edits are both honest and precise. Sarah clearly has great insight into the industry and I look forward to working with her on future projects.'
- Client (Author of Fantasy Fiction)