I have experience of working with a wide range of clients on many types of written material, including novels for publishers and self-publishing authors; roleplaying game material; websites; blog posts; magazine articles and more.
Often, I am not able to share specific details of the books and other projects I have worked on, due to author confidentiality. However, I present below a few case studies that give a flavour of the type of work I do.
The author had written a short book of approximately 35,000 words and requested a proofread.
The manuscript had not been through former editing rounds, but the author had a budget they had to stick to. I suggested a bespoke service of a proofread for spelling, grammar and punctuation issues, combined with a light edit to address paragraphing, consistency and clarity. I would not carry out any detailed editing, but would highlight any passages that may be unclear to the reader.
The work was carried out in Word using the Track Changes facility so the author could accept or reject the amendments made. I also provided a style sheet detailing the editorial decisions taken.
The author then proceeded to self-publish.
MIDDLE-GRADE CHILDREN’S BOOK WITH BLACK AND WHITE LINE ILLUSTRATIONS
The author had written and illustrated a middle grade children’s book, for ages 8-11. They requested a copy-edit which they would proofread themselves.
We discussed the importance of a professional cover image and the author commissioned an artist to create one. We also discussed the relative merits of different publishing solutions.
Once the author had signed off on the copy-edit, I formatted the book, including the cover. I created an Ingram Spark account for the author, uploaded the files and ordered a printed proof copy. A few further amendments were made, then I handed the account over to the author to manage.
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK
The author had written a picture book for young children and, as well as editing, needed some advice as to how to go forward.
We discussed their ambitions for the book and decided that printing through Amazon KDP was the most appropriate solution for this project.
I edited the text and sent the amendments to the author for approval. I also made suggestions for page breaks. Once the illustrations and cover were complete, I formatted the book, created a KDP account for the author, uploaded the files and ordered a printed proof to be sent direct to the author. Once they were happy, we published, and I handed the account over to the author.
The client had written a screenplay and requested an edit. We agreed that I would carry out a copy-edit for spelling, punctuation and grammar. I would also look for any consistency and continuity issues.
Since the story was set several decades ago, my brief also included, as far as possible, fact checking and ensuring that the language used was appropriate for the time period.
This project required discussion and communication between the writer and myself to ensure that the dialogue was as authentic as possible and that my suggestions remained in line with the characters.