Why Hire An Editor?
An Extra Set of Eyes. Having another pair of eyes review your material is essential to creating written work that is the best it can be. Hiring a good editor is money well spent. Editors check for a lot more than spelling and grammar. Editors can check for continuity and flow in your story line and identify areas where there may be confusion for readers. They can provide feedback about your characters and dialogue—helping you see where these areas may need further development. Editors can call attention to areas in your writing where facts may need further checking—and even verify those facts for you. In memoir writing, the editor can offer perspective on how to tell your story so that others can benefit from your experiences. An editor will work with you to assure that your unique voice comes through your writing. What an editor does is make your written work the best it can be. Using an editor makes your work more marketable.
The Editor's Job. The writer’s job is to write—the editor’s job is to edit. A professional and accomplished editor will make your words flow beyond your wildest dreams. An editor catches and repairs things, too. After you have looked at the same written materials dozens and dozens of times, you can become accustomed to seeing things the way you envision them. Your mind will fill in missing words and even correct misspellings, although they are not actually on the page. An editor's task is to make sure that what you envision is what comes through in your writing.
Objectivity with Heart. An editor is not emotionally attached to your work the way family and friends might be when they offer their help to read what you have written. However, a good editor still works from the heart and with heart, honoring that this is your creation and ensuring that your writing will be the best it can be.
Why Hire Me?
My Experience. I have edited book manuscripts, book chapters, articles, blogs, newsletters, presentations, and websites, putting on the finishing touches and helping authors polish their prose to get ready for publication.
My Motivation. Words are powerful and extremely magical. I especially enjoy working with you to bring out the magic and power of your own words, taking the reader where you—the author—want to lead them.
My Heart. No matter how big or small the project, I work with heart. I honor the work you're doing to bring your writing to life. I understand that especially when working on writing that involves your life experiences, the journey can be quite emotional. I am sensitive to your process and work with you to honor the emotions that may arise. I see myself as your midwife, helping you birth your writing and ensuring that your work has a safe delivery into the world. I also have a large community network and do my best to connect you with other people and services to get your work out there and into the hands of others.
My Diverse Background. Some publications need an editor with expertise in a particular area. I have experience in diverse subjects such as transformational work, green living, holistic wellness, leadership, teamwork, process improvement, and the corporate working environment. I've written in the medical and legal fields as well. I am passionate about nonfiction and memoir writing and also love working on fiction and children’s literature.
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