As I am an author myself, I know it can be a little bit daunting when the time comes to hand your manuscript over for editing, and I hope to make the process seem a lot less threatening. Employing an editor does not make you a bad writer, but no matter how well you write there are always going to be things you, as the author, will overlook. You are too close to the story, and will tend to read whatever you'd intended to write rather than what is actually written. I know; I've done it myself with my own writing!
That's where an editor comes into the equation. I can read through your manuscript with a fresh pair of eyes and an unbiased point of view. The suggestions I make are merely suggestions, they're not criticisms. I want to make your story read as beautifully as possible, but I never forget the essential fact that it is your story. It's your book, not mine, and I will endeavour at all times to respect your unique author voice. The ultimate decision to accept or reject my changes is your choice, and yours alone.
The English language is beautifully rich and diverse, and I am passionate about it being used well. I believe the most important aspect of fiction writing is for the language to flow, although I will, of course, be on the look out for grammatical howlers!
I launched my editing business in January 2014, since when I have done plenty of work for both independent authors and publishing service providers, gaining invaluable experience every step of the way. I am an intermediate member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, proving that I have completed copy-editing courses provided by this well-respected society and gained the necessary experience to upgrade my membership. I am also a partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, and I am happy to offer a 10% discount to ALLi members.
If you would like to find out more about me personally and have a look at my work, please visit my blog An Author's View. If you have any questions, or would like to enquire about booking my services, please get in touch, free of obligation, via the form on the 'Contact' page, or you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.