As well as being a book reviewer and quiz writer, I also offer editing services – mainly copy-editing and proofreading but can do a bit of everything with the help of my books and guides. My preferred contact is email, so please try and use this contact and give me the correct information for your contact and editing request.
Through discussions with friends and people I’ve met in publishing, I have an hourly rate, which is $15-$25 an hour.
-Fact checking – please make sure you’ve thoroughly researched first though, and only ask this if there are niggling things that you’ve struggled to confirm. In these instances, I will do my best to confirm things.
Please keep in mind, depending on length and how much editing the manuscript needs, I will need at least two or more weeks. If you have a deadline, I need to know this as well, and please do not expect a decent edit within a couple of days, as this will be unattainable.
I work with Track Changes in Word to make corrections, comments or ask questions if something is unclear or if I think something else can be done but want to suggest it next to the text so you can compare.
Please make sure you’ve put your own efforts into editing, and finding beta readers and sensitivity readers before sending me your manuscript. These are areas I’m not qualified in, and therefore cannot offer advice needed in these areas. I recommend letting your story sit for at least a month before you edit, and contact beta readers as your first step. It’s the only way to get an effective edit.
As I also work as a quiz writer with Scholastic, I will sometimes have to make a judgement about whether I can balance things. I also edited for a small publisher in Canberra, Elephant Tree Publishing for just over twelve months until the company closed down.
In order for me to undertake your job, I will need the manuscript, a brief about it – whether it is fiction or non-fiction, the main themes and characters. It also helps if I know exactly what you need – spelling, grammar, plot, or all of the above.
I focus on the mechanics of your manuscript – how it reads, and whether it will make sense to the reader.
Please include all author and manuscript information, what you hope to get and what you need as specifically as possible, and the areas of editing – how you phrase things, spelling, grammar – you feel you need help with.
I primarily work with Australian authors for the Australian market and have a degree in Professional Communications.
Books I Have Edited:
The Way I See It by Lucy Marrett
What Lies Beneath Us by Kirsty Ferguson
Some Days by Lucy Moffatt
A Lighthouse in Time by Sandra Bennett
The Voice of Spirit: The World Through My Eyes by Judy O’Brien
Consequences #1: Heart of Deception by J.A.Duxbury
Consequences #2 by J.A. Duxbury