Bookings are currently being taken for FEBRUARY 2018 onwards. I do not charge a booking fee or require a deposit to secure your place, all I ask is that you notify me as soon as you are aware of a delay. I would advise booking at least three months in advance.

 

To ‘pencil’ yourself into my schedule, please click the button below and select the date you would like me to start. I shall do my utmost to accommodate your schedule.

Booking availability (calendar and booking form)

Editing Services

Manuscript Critique

This service includes a single read, after which you will receive an editorial letter highlighting its weaknesses and strengths, with advice on steps you can take to improve it.

Outlining / planning

If you have had a great idea for a book, but aren’t sure where to start, this service will help you organise your ideas and create an outline, develop character profiles, and more.

Developmental Editing

This service includes a developmental assessment and one round of deep line edits.  The focus of this service in examine the structure of your novel with regards to the ‘bigger picture’.

Deep Line Editing

This service assumes developmental editing has already taken place and will examine your manuscript for weaknesses in the writing, such as repetition, overuse of words, and pacing.

Testimonials

I hated editing before meeting her and thought of it as a necessary evil but after seeing the changes made to the manuscript, dare I say I began to love editing? She is an absolute treat to work it, she not only improves your work, she helps you improve! You learn as you go: why the changes are being made, how to keep the pacing tight.

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I recently had the pleasure of working with Michelle on my debut novel “Mathematics Of Eternity” and was very impressed by her thoroughness, professionalism and timeliness. You can hire Michelle as your editor with complete confidence. I was anxious about what to expect, and Michelle understood that.

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FREE sample

Requesting a sample does not obligate you to hire me. In fact, I believe it is in your best interest to sample a selection of editors. It is so, so important to find the right editor for your manuscript. In addition to assessing editing skills and technical knowledge, you should feel comfortable approaching your editor and have a clear understanding of what your chosen editing package will entail. Most of all, you should feel in control of your manuscript’s development at all times.

I offer a five-page sample but I like to see the first chapter (two if they are short). Providing a sample for a developmental edit is problematic in that most of the ‘magic’ and ‘discovery’ occurs during the second reading, with the full story in mind. Reading one or two chapters enables me to get a ‘feel’ for the opening scenes and theme of your book, from which I am able to offer an example of how I use Word’s Tracked changes and comment system to make observations, suggestions and ask questions.

Further information: Assessing a Freelance Editor

 

Published Projects

Notna by J.D. Cunegan

History’s most peaceful race created one of its deadliest weapons. Forged in the Living Flame by a long-extinct alien race, The Gem of Notna is the stuff of legends, on par with Pandora’s Box or the Holy Grail. But once archaeologist Dr. Jack Corbett stumbled upon the...

Divided by Madeline Dyer

Having been tricked into binding herself to the Enhanced Ones in the War of Humanity, Untamed human Seven Sarr has never felt more exploited or used. When Raleigh forces her to develop her Seer powers and use them on a most innocent target, Seven knows it’s only a...

Revolt by Kyleen Valleaux

They broke the ultimate taboo. Bobby never imagined she would fall in love with a dragon. Maug hadn’t considered seeking a mate outside his race. They found each other by chance and stayed together by choice. Now Bobby and Maug have to contend with the enmity of two...

Mathematics of Eternity by David M. Kelly

Meet former space engineer, Joe Ballen. These days, he’s scraping a living flying cabs in flooded-out Baltimore, trying to avoid the clutches of his boss and the well-meaning advice of an old friend. When one of his passengers suffers a grisly death, Joe is dragged...

Age of Order by Julian North

Inequality is a science. Giant machines maintain order. And all people are not created equal. Daniela Machado is offered a chance to escape the deprivation of Bronx City through a coveted slot at the elite Tuck School. There, among the highborn of Manhattan, she...

R.R.Virdi: Dangerous Ways (The Books of Winter #1)

From the Dragon Award-nominated author, R.R. Virdi. Jonathan Hawthorne has lived over a century beholden to one rule: do not meddle in mortal affairs. He's broken it twice. So when he crosses paths with Cassidy Winters, he's forced to interfere again. Strike three....

Recommended Service Providers

The services I offer are limited to the earlier stages of editing, and I am often asked to recommend service providers for the latter stages, or if I know someone who can do X, Y, or Z. On occasion, I am hired to project manage the editing of a manuscript and subcontract (with the author’s permission) to providers I feel will provide the highest standard of work for a particular project.

Listed below are the service providers I work with from time to time, and whose standard of work I have no problem recommending to others.

 

Cayleigh Stickler

Cayleigh Stickler

Line editing, Copy Editing, Coaching

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson

Cover designer, bookmarks and promotional designs

Anna Proofing

Anna Proofing

Developmental, Line/Copy Editing, Proofreading

KKantas Author Assist

KKantas Author Assist

Book Promotion, Social Media Management, VR assistance

Clever Fox Editing

Clever Fox Editing

Structural, line/copy editing, proofreading