This is how I see myself in my work with writers: I am on your side, cheering you on. I help, encourage, and challenge you to shape your manuscript into its most compelling form. I understand that it can be a daunting task, sharing the manuscript/content you've toiled over for hours, weeks, months, and years on, and you can expect both empathy and a friendly toughness on my part in our work together. I am here to help you with your text, and I do so with determination and warmth.
What I consider my specialty—how I can help you, so together we can turn your good writing into a moving, convincing, cohesive piece of magic—is the work we do on your content itself. My aim is to ensure your text is not just comprehensible, but energetic, moving, and 100% united on the paragraph-, section-, chapter-, and whole-text (or book) levels. Every single part of your text must serve a single purpose—to support its main message (if nonfiction) or to contribute to the narrative in a meaningful way (if fiction). My job is to make sure both that it's happening and that it's happening in the optimum manner possible.
I provide a lot of feedback, suggestions, and even direct changes to your content. If I notice inconsistencies, sentences that don't make sense, transitions that are unpolished, unclear, or confusing, ideas that need greater development, or new ideas that you didn't address but really must be included, I will voice that. I am careful to explain thoroughly my thinking and to offer potential "solutions" (if applicable). If I determine that I have the information necessary and that I can match your voice and style, I will add in words, phrases, sentences, and even paragraphs to resolve issues—but only if I think I can do it seamlessly.
Let me add that any work I do on your text will be readily evident to you. Because I use the "track changes" function, my work inside your text is clearly visible. You always have the final say about my corrections, additions, and suggestions because you are the creator.
Unless you advise me otherwise, I follow the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style. And just to be clear on this point: I am very experienced at correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, word order, verb tense, subject-verb agreement, parallel construction issues, typing errors, and more, and I make all these proofreading-type changes too. However, our work on your voice, message, style—your content—is of primary importance. Proofreading is important too, but that comes after we've nailed down your content!
I’ve worked with other editors before and they were all professional and knew what they were doing, but with Nancy, I felt like she really got me and what I was about, not just as a writer and author, but what was in my heart and soul, and she helped to pull that out of me and onto the page.
—Mary Cheyne, 2009 world champion of public speaking, president and CEO of Magnetic Podium, LLC, & author of the bestselling "Present" Yourself in Public Speaking
It was truly a great experience to work with Nancy on my letter of intent. Nancy’s depth and breadth of skills together with her responsiveness provides you with unquestionable confidence in her ability to deliver a unique product. Her attention to detail, craftsmanship and thoroughness exceeded any of my expectations. I would most certainly recommend Nancy and plan to use her services again in the near future.
—Alex P., MBA applicant, Pottsdown, PA