Why you need an editor
You’ve slaved over your manuscript for months (or years), and you finally, finally, add the last period at the end of the last sentence of the manuscript you secretly feared would never, ever end.
You take a deep breath. You smile. You pull out your flip phone to text your remaining friends that you can leave your cave for the first time in ages. After running your hands through what’s left of your disheveled hair, you pour yourself a drink, maybe coffee, or wine, or a shot of something stronger. Your smile transforms into a grin as you revel in a growing sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. By golly, you did it!
Then…you lean back in your chair. You look around your dungeon. Muscle memory takes over, and your fingers play idly at the keyboard until you remember that the story is finished.
What the heck do you do now?
Of course, it does. I know because I’ve been there.
When I started writing, I learned the ropes by slogging through the trenches too—writing, editing, (crying), critiquing, (crying), self-publishing, marketing, (crying), quitting (yes! I admit it!), and then starting all over. I know how confusing and frustrating and downright aggravating the experience can be, which is why I empathize with writers who are caught in the thick of it.
Why I may be the editor you need
Whether you are struggling to “fix” your manuscript, are wanting to tailor your marketing content to your target audience, or need a thorough edit of your written content, I will put my experience and expertise to work for you.
You can follow my writing adventures here and here, but I’ll present a quick summary. I am a publisher of a digital magazine and have self-published three adult fantasy novels. My short stories, flash fiction, poems, articles, interviews, guest posts, and devotionals have appeared in various magazines, blogs, and anthologies. I’ve beta-read numerous books and have mentored and coached writers. And, last but not least, I successfully completed an editing course at Simon Fraser University.
- web content
- manuscripts (fiction and non-fiction)
- short stories
- and more
Not sure if your project is something I cover? Ask me. I’m adaptable and enjoy a challenge.
I can help if:
- You need developmental editing, copy editing, or proofreading of your fiction, non-fiction, or marketing content.
- You care deeply about the quality of your work and are looking for an editor who’s driven to transform manuscripts into works their writers are proud of.
I’m a hands-on, interactive editor. Getting to know you means I can better understand how to help elevate your manuscript and guide you around common pitfalls. In the end, those who chose Focus Writing Services will feel confident in their work, and, ultimately, in the finished product.
What you’ll need:
- Writing samples (a few pages) from at least two different sections of your manuscript (preferably the beginning and middle). This helps me estimate how long it will take to complete the edit and enables me to suggest the appropriate type of edit (developmental edit vs. copy-edit vs. proofread).
- Your outline, if you have one.
- Your synopsis, if you have one.
Based on these, I can then quote you a price. Please note that a rough draft will likely involve more work and take longer to complete than a manuscript that has already gone through numerous rounds of revisions.
What to expect:
Honesty. Your document will likely be covered in red marks, and a trail of comments will jam up the margin. But don’t panic. It’s my job to find the errors and inconsistencies that others have missed. I take that job seriously, so please look at it as me looking out for you.
Suggestions. I will suggest corrections to inspire your own solutions to the issues raised.
Communication. I will be available to discuss the edits or to help you figure out the best way to go about your revisions.
What’s expected of you:
An open mind. I know how stressful and ego-crushing this process can be. But it’s necessary to weed out the issues plaguing your work and to figure out how to fix them.
Communication. I hope you will let me know if you have questions so we can discuss them.
To remember that I am doing the job I was hired for, and my ultimate goal is to help you produce the best work possible. The comments, corrections, and suggestions are there to help, but your story belongs to you. Ultimately, you decide how you will apply them.
Still not convinced? Check out these testimonials.
Ready to begin your project? Visit the Types of Editing Offered page and then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or use the contact sheet below.
*One important note: I am open to editing different genres and types of writing, including non-fiction. Two exceptions to this are erotica and horror fiction.