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Work with me.

"I really appreciated the big picture and small detail approach Claire took for the developmental edit of my first draft. She gave me ideas and perspective regarding the story arc of my main characters along with noting where my language was filtering the experience of my characters.

 

Hashing out the plot of this book and my planned sequel was invaluable, not to mention fun!"

 

 Jeannette, author of untitled YA novel

Why choose to work with me?

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If you are an independent author of speculative fiction (including fantasy, science fiction and horror) then I would love to work with you to help make your writing shine!

I specialise in speculative fiction but I'm happy working with other genres.

I am an entry level member of the UK's Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). I completed copyediting and proofreading training with the Blackford Centre for Proofreading in 2021.

I'm friendly, diligent, and approachable. As an aspiring author myself I have personally experienced many of the challenges and concerns faced by authors! Therefore I will do my best to help you on your own writing and publishing journey.

For any project over 20,000 words I offer a free 1000 word sample edit of a representative section of your manuscript. This is so I can offer you an accurate quote for the work, so you can see my editing style, and so you can decide whether I am the right editor for you. If I do not have the right expertise to help with your particular manuscript, or if I believe a different type of editing is required, then I will let you know.

Editing Services.

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

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I can work with you on the overall story structure of your manuscript. This stage focuses on the 'big picture' view of your plot and character arcs, and the overall reading experience of your manuscript. This  includes looking at and working through the following:

  • Characters and character arcs

  • Plot development and potential plot holes

  • Story structure and pacing

  • Consistency of tense and narrative viewpoint

  • Consistency of world-building

  • Target audience

You will receive detailed feedback on these (and potentially other) elements of your manuscript, both within the text itself and summarised in a separate report.

IMPORTANT: This step comes BEFORE carrying out line and copy edits on your manuscript. There is no point decorating your house if the walls and foundations are not finished!

I also strongly recommend carrying out your own rounds of developmental editing before sending your manuscript for professional editing.

 

Please see the resources page for further guidance on the writing and editing process.

 

LINE & COPY EDITING

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I can work with you to line and copy edit your manuscript. This basically means smoothing the flow of your manuscript and correcting inconsistent or incorrect descriptions, spelling, punctuation and grammar. This includes working through and checking the following:

  • Structure, flow and pacing

  • Sense and readability

  • Repetition of words or phrases

  • Consistency of tense and narrative viewpoint

  • Inconsistent or incorrect spelling, grammar, or punctuation

You will receive detailed feedback on these (and potentially other) elements of your manuscript, both within the text itself and summarised in a separate report. I will work with you to preserve your writing style and to make your writing shine.

IMPORTANT: This step comes AFTER you have made 'big picture' or developmental changes to your fiction (e.g. changes to the overall plot, character arcs, narrative viewpoint etc). There is no point decorating your house if the walls and foundations are not finished!

I also strongly recommend carrying out your own rounds of line and copy editing before sending your manuscript for professional editing.

 

Please see the resources page for further guidance on the writing and editing process.

PROOFREADING

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I can work with you during the pre-publication stage to help identify any final errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, layout and formatting which have slipped through previous rounds of editing. It can be helpful to have a 'fresh' set of eyes to check your page proofs, particularly as this is the last line of defence before the manuscript is published.

IMPORTANT: This step comes JUST BEFORE PUBLICATION. Your manuscript  should have already been through developmental, line and copy editing.

Please see the resources page for further guidance on steps to take prior to publishing your book.

BETA READING

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Do you need a beta reader for your work? I can provide a written report detailing my experience as a reader of your manuscript.

I can also work with you to assess representation of characters and events which fall into the categories listed below, particularly where you do not have lived experiences of these yourself. I have direct first-hand experience of the following:

  • Living as a female and the challenges that brings (although please note I am white, cisgender and heterosexual)

  • Living with mental health issues (depression, post-natal depression, and anxiety)

  • Life in northern England (especially the Yorkshire region)

  • Death of a parent in childhood

  • Pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and motherhood

  • Thirteen years' experience as a healthcare researcher in the pharmaceutical industry, public health, and academia (including teaching, project management and research publication)

I can review either the full manuscript or a sub-section of the manuscript, depending on your budget and preference.

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