When you need words to express your thoughts and ideas, they don’t usually just appear in front of you. (Unless you have Tom Riddle’s diary and are about to have a very bad day.) Getting those first words on the page is often the hardest but once you do the words can start flowing and guide you to your next sentence and then your next chapter.
I am a professional editor who loves helping new and established authors share their stories with the world. I edit fiction and non-fiction novels and provide heavy copy-editing and developmental editing services.
Do you wish your ideas were as clear in print as they are in your mind?
Writing doesn’t have to be stressful. You have great ideas and your audience is ready to hear how their lives will be changed by your perspective. Whether you are writing a letter to a prospective employer or penning the culmination of your life’s work, your voice matters and your words can make a positive difference.
A professional editor can make you look great.
When it’s time for the big meeting you do everything you can to prepare. You put on the clothes that make you feel confident. You do your hair the way you like it, look at your notes one more time, take a deep breath and walk into the meeting. What do you do to get your writing ready for the big moment?
When you commit words to a project you imbue those words with your ideas and energy. You are pouring part of yourself into explaining your vision. When your vision is a full book small details may slip to the side in the pursuit of the bigger picture. An editor can help you find that common thread that makes your whole manuscript come together. For non-fiction this might mean rearranging the steps in a process or expanding a chapter to really deepen the audience’s understanding of the topic. For the fiction writer, an editor is the first defense to reality. A professional editor can spot plot holes, character inconsistencies, as well as the bits that need some more attention to bring the story to life.
On something as simple as a blog post, the stakes may not seem high. When you consider the possibility of future business partners or employers or employees checking out your hastily written words, the desire to click “Publish” can be overwhelming. An editor can help you make sure that your blog post is formatted properly for your readers and encourage you to expand on your ideas when the audience might need another example.