So you’re here because you need an editor. Or you think you need an editor.
Truth be told you’re not 100% sure what an editor does.
Something to do with punctuation, right?
Right! Well… partly.
But why do you even need one?
Maybe you’ve been told outright that you need an editor.
Maybe locking in editing services is the accountability you need so you can actually sit down and get that book out of your head.
Maybe you’ve read about how to publish your ebook and you keep seeing references to getting it edited.
Maybe you’ve heard it’s the next step to go pro with your writing.
Or maybe you just don’t quite have the confidence to put your voice out there without someone else taking a look.
Let’s be honest…
You don’t really want to think about grammar, do you?
It’s hard enough to write what you have to write, make sure the message tells your story, represents you and says what you want to say, without adding in the perfectionist nagging of your Inner Self-Editor.
The trouble with our Inner Self-Editor – yep, I have one too – is she’s an amateur.
Her real job is to save you from the devastating humiliation of exposure. And she’s pretty freaking excellent at criticism. Yep, that’s what she’s there for… Safety. Security. Making sure you’re not going to embarrass yourself.
She’s terrified of that one the most, so she’ll undermine your true desire to write by questioning every single sentence, every single word.
Here’s the truth:
She doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She has zero perspective on whether this is good writing or bad writing, because she’s too close to it. She cares, yes. But she cares a little too much sometimes.
She forgets all the time why this message is needed.
Why this story must be shared.
Why this matters and will set others free from their pain.
How do you deal with this?
Call in your professional editor, pronto!
You want to share your useful insights with the rest of the world, right?
You want to get the words down, then hand them over.
No more tweaking and tinkering. No more fiddling around with Chapter 3 because you’re avoiding getting stuck into Chapter 7.
You want the draft finished, written, done.
And the best way to do that is lock in your editor. (Believe me, there’s nothing like an editing deadline to make a book happen for real!)
It also reassures your Inner Self-Editor that you’ve got someone on the case – a real pro – guarding against any risk of looking like a big idiot when you publish.
Because there’ll be no big idiots on my watch, thanks
This, in a nutshell, is why you need an editor.
To quiet the voices that say you can’t or shouldn’t. The voices that say your writing isn’t good enough. The voices that say what you have to share isn’t worth printing.
To help you put your most beautiful words and work out there with confidence and style.
To free you from agonising hours of staring at a blank screen, writing then deleting, writing then deleting, or just not writing at all.
To help you dare to do this!
But there’s more.
What does an editor actually do?
When you reach the point of handing it over, of course, that’s when an editor’s job really begins.
Editing is not a single action. Editing is a spectrum.
On the broadest end of the spectrum is structural editing, which deals with the text on a high level. Structural editing is a check that the overall book is in the right order and fit for purpose. (Not everyone needs this, especially in non-fiction if you’ve already taught a certain format before, worked with one-to-one clients, had structure guidance from a writing or business coach, or used test readers to achieve the same result.)
Next comes content or substantive editing, which overlaps with heavy copyediting. This is a sense check. It means clarifying, querying and making editorial decisions on language, style and content. Will the audience understand it? Is there a clearer way of putting it? Is it too wordy? Or not explained in enough depth? Are there omissions where the author has assumed too much prior knowledge? Is it overly simplistic? Does it make sense?
Narrower again is copyediting, which is essential for every book. Here, your editor looks at language and style on a more in-depth level, ensuring consistency, tone, good grammar, usage, and word order, and improving flow, readability and word choice. (Copyeditors will often pick up on bits included under content editing if this hasn’t been done separately. These areas can cross over significantly.)
And the most fine-detail level is proofreading, where the editor ensures headings, spacing, typos and numbering are fully accurate and tidy.
Want an editor to take your draft to soaring heights? (Like, make it super spesh?) Look no further. You’ve found her.
Whether you need a lighter-touch look or a more in-depth review, my job as your editor is to read a piece of writing and make sure it’s as readable as it can be.
In short, we’re talking…
- word order
- word choice
All the unsexy stuff, right?
But we’re also talking…
- tone (formality)
- wow factor (let’s imagine this is a technical term, because you better believe it’s included!)
As your editor, I check that you’ve said what you want to say exactly as you want to say it and that the audience is going to lap it up.
Whether you’re self-publishing first or going straight to an agent, you must must must (please!) present an impressive manuscript that lives up to your audience’s expectations and showcases your work, your story, your vibe in the very best light.
I can help you do that.
Why choose me?
I’m Kris, editor of digital and print books, and language-loving communications creative.
(Brace yourself. Official bio up ahead.)
With my travel obsession and linguistics knowledge lighting the way, I work with writers and entrepreneurs with a message to express and the drive to dare to do it.
Everything I create is infused with freedom and fun.
Starting a writing career in the City of London as a corporate reporter, I know well the need to communicate in tight turnarounds. It comes with the territory when you’re working for the likes of Bill Gates, Tony Blair, Muhammad Yunus and other global corporate and government hotshots.
That’s why, in my editing intensives, I provide exceptional editing expertise in mindblowing time.
Enthusiasm abounds when I’m in the room, making my editing style uplifting as well as ultra pro. Expect to write more easily and sound more like you with me as your go-to words girl.
Using my innate curiosity, I help you craft impactful writing that captures your readers’ attention. My absolute dealbreaker is writing that doesn’t speak to the audience or sound like you.
From my academic background as a Master of Linguistics at the University of Westminster, I learned how to manipulate language to great effect, challenging as well as abiding by the wealth of word choice available to us as writers. As the definitive word-maker-upper, you’ll soon see how reinventing the rulebook is something I subscribe to wholeheartedly…
And the very basis on which I base my ebook and print book editing packages.
With me as your editor, you have the freedom to write your way. I make it clearer, sexier, more engaging.
I love playing with words and can rip the language to smithereens. You get your writing back vibrant and new. With no typos.
The #1 compliment I get from my clients is: “it sounds just like me… only better”.
What happens when you hire me?
Here’s how it works.
Whether you need your work proofread, copyedited, substantively edited or even if you still don’t know, the first step is to fill out some details about what you’re writing.
Next, we’ll schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation.
We’ll talk through your piece of writing, what it’s about, who it’s for, and how you’re going to publish it. I’ll send you through some personalised recommendations of how to get your writing to a point where you’re ready to work with an editor.
And then we get started!
You send me your piece of writing, which will become your print or ebook. This is what we refer to as your draft or manuscript.
You submit in a Word document or Google Docs, which is industry standard.
I edit. Not once, but twice.
Sprinkle a little fairy dust.
Make magic happen.
You know. The usual.
Then you get your writing back.
(You might shed a little tear here. Of joy, usually. Sometimes of relief. Woooo! You’re so close now…)
You review the changes and comments.
I make any amendments and finalise your piece of writing by proofreading it one more time. (That’s my quality guarantee.)
Communication is key
Maybe it’s a little involved. But it’s oh-so worth it.
Only by chatting one-on-one can I, as your editor, really get a feel for you, your voice and your audience.
Because editing isn’t just about the words on the page.
It’s about the person.
Complete your project details for a free no-obligation consultation. By submitting your contact info, you’re permitting us to get in touch.
It’s a starting point to see if we get along and for you to suss out the world of editing.
After you apply, I’ll review your project and be in touch.