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You Have Fascinating Facts to Share
You know a true story that you think the world will love, and you want to tell it well. You want your characters to have depth, their settings to come to life, their knowledge to shine.
Or you have expertise that may help others, and you want your book to be credible, look professional, and have a style that your reader will enjoy.
I bring a keen eye for the detail and presentation of your work and a skill for suggesting the best writing technique.
I offer developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading for non-fiction:
Developmental editing – when working with narrative non-fiction, developmental editing has much in common with fiction editing. I will give you feedback on important considerations for your writing. Examples include ensuring a consistent viewpoint, showing and telling, building atmosphere, maintaining pace, and having a strong opening. Considering the style or purpose of your writing, we’ll look at ensuring you’re meeting the readers’ expectations. I will be positive and constructive, suggest rather than dictate, and be happy to leave the final decision to you. You can learn more about developmental editing here.
Copyediting – this involves ensuring that your work is accurate and easy to follow, uses a consistent editorial and writing style, and is free from error, omission, repetition and factual inconsistency. I will ensure that the structure of your text and its layout is clear, consistent and effective. You can learn more about copyediting here.
Proofreading – I will check your text for errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation. I will also look for inconsistencies in facts and layout. You can learn more about proofreading here.
Manuscript review – for narrative non-fiction, I will read through your manuscript and provide you with a report containing developmental editing comments, making suggestions for strengthening your writing style and issues to be aware of.
Are you a self-publishing or independent author?
Whatever category your non-fiction work falls into, if you’d like to be sure that I am a good fit for your work, and for us to estimate the time that your work would need to get your desired result, then I’m happy to offer you a free one-hour sample edit – simply contact me to enquire. When you do, please tell me about the text – whether it’s narrative or instructional, who is the intended audience, whether it’s a first or a later draft, and when you plan to publish.
Ideally, a narrative non-fiction work would have a developmental edit, a copyedit and possibly a proofread, in that order, so that the work to correct basic errors only happens once the work is developmentally finished. I understand, though, that you may not have the funds or the time for three rounds of editing work – if that’s the case, please contact me to discuss the best approach for you.
I am happy to discuss how I can help on any project – please get in touch for a free estimate.
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