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“She finished on time and the feedback was exactly what I was looking for.” – Ross Hightower

When editing a manuscript, it’s important to know what your client is looking for. From basic proofreading to developmental editing, every writer’s needs are different. That’s why I like to keep the lines of communication open between myself and all my clients, and encourage my clients to bring any questions or concerns they may have to me as soon as possible.

Below, I’ve provided a few screenshots of my work, as well as a little bit about each author and the project we worked on together.

When editing a manuscript, it’s important to know what your client is looking for. From basic proofreading to developmental editing, every writer’s needs are different. That’s why I like to keep the lines of communication open between myself and all my clients, and encourage my clients to bring any questions or concerns they may have to me as soon as possible.

Below, I’ve provided a few screenshots of my work, as well as a little bit about each author and the project we worked on together.

All the content featured in my portfolio is the property of the original author and is used with permission.

Copyedit:
"Spirit Sight"
by Ross Hightower

Copyedit: "Spirit Sight"
by Ross Hightower

     Ross reached out to me after a mutual friend shared my contact information with him. He was on a tight deadline but wanted to get an idea of how much trouble he was in (his words, not mine!) He engaged me to do a “quick and dirty” edit of the first 75,000 words of his 213,000 word fantasy novel. When I was able to complete the project quickly and he was pleased with my work, he hired me to do the next 75,000 words as well!

     Ross’s writing style is engaging and dynamic, and his book is exactly the type of fantastic adventure I love reading in my free time. I can’t wait until his book is published so I can finish reading it, but in the meantime I keep up with Ross by reading his blog at rosshightower.com.

Developmental Edit: "Redfin"
by Blaire Grady

Developmental Edit: "Redfin"
by Blaire Grady

     Blaire is a visual artist-turned author, although she will be quick to protest–she IS NOT a writer! This science fiction story was something she had been working on off and on for years, and she finally decided to have someone else take a look at it. I reached out to her after seeing her job posting, and our relationship has grown steadily over the course of the project, which is ongoing. 

     Blaire’s manuscript needed a lot of work; one of the reasons she wanted a fresh set of eyes is that she’d made so many revisions over the years she wasn’t sure what exactly was in there and what was still in her head. I went through, correcting errors and making notes, asking questions when needed and giving my guidance and feedback. 

     Blaire is in the process of revising and finishing Redfin, but in the meantime has asked me to look at another story of hers. I love working with her and hope to continue our relationship as long as she keeps writing!

Beta Read and Copyedit:
"The Last Lion of Karkov"
by Corey Griffin

Beta Read and Copyedit:
"The Last Lion of Karkov"
by Corey Griffin

     Corey had written his debut novel, but, at 100k words, it was a bit long for a debut and he’d been advised to split it up into a trilogy. He’d had a few beta readers already but, since he’d done some revisions, wanted some fresh eyes on his manuscript. 

     As I mentioned, this was Corey’s first venture at publishing, so there was, understandably, a lot of work to be done. The story was good and the characters well-developed, he just needed a bit of help getting it polished up. I was excited to be involved in that process, and we communicated steadily throughout the project, which took about a month and a half. Much of the trilogy was still written as though it were all one book, so a few tweaks were needed to sustain readability over the course of all three books.

     This was one of my first freelance projects and I was still learning my style. I wasn’t using tracked changes at first (Corey had mentioned he was kind of sick of it!) and was instead putting all my thoughts into a separate document and highlighting the passages they referenced in the original manuscript. It was a lot of work, and after a while we agreed to switch over. It was an incredible learning experience, though, and helped me develop my process as an editor. I’m looking forward to seeing Corey’s story published!