Aside from being a professional editor and writer with two decades of experience, I am an award-winning speculative fiction author. I am represented by Westwood Creative Artists Literary Agency and have written and edited many, many manuscripts. I work with publishers and authors, have over a decade of education on the craft of writing and editing, and hold a marketing degree. I am also the current feature writer for four magazines, including Our Homes Magazine.
So you know a bit about me, I am the president of BEOP INC editorial services. Both myself and BEOP INC are registered with the Editorial Freelancers Association (US), ACES (UK), and Editors Canada (Canada). More info, including transparent rates and specialized skills, can be found on my editorial website, www.beop.ca.
Whether you’re an author, an agent, or a publisher, manuscripts require specific editorial help at various stages. And for those who want something that falls between editorial options, there is always the gooey stuff between the sofa cushions.
These are my superpowers . . .
Proofreading: Your last set of eyes when you’ve gone fifty rounds with your manuscript and need to catch prior-to-publication spelling errors, format mishaps, and grammar faux pas. If you are a seasoned author and your previously copy edited manuscript shines like a pretty penny, a good proofread is all you need.
I’ll find the mistakes you missed when your eyes glazed over.
Copy editing: This in-depth, line-by-line edit will not only cover spelling, punctuation, and grammar, it will zap clunky words, fix tense issues, correct sentence structure, fine-tune phrasing, flow, tone, and ensure format consistency. A copy edit happens after you’ve revised your novel based on professional feedback and are happy with pacing, plot, structure, and characters.
You only get one shot to make an impression. Don’t mess it up.
Developmental editing: You are a creator. But even genius struggles keeping 80,000 words in check. A developmental edit provides feedback, a bigger picture perspective focusing on improvements to the story as a whole, addressing larger issues such as theme and scope. It is a broad review of structure, narrative, character development, voice, style, and pacing, noting pages and sections needing attention.
A developmental edit is the key to unlocking your work.
Manuscript Evaluations: Manuscript evaluations are similar to a developmental edit but in the form of a ten to fifteen-page report. This evaluation provides a big-picture perspective addressing issues such as genre, theme, size, character development (fiction), setting (fiction), plot, content(nonfiction), 0rganization (nonfiction), dialogue, photography/illustration, voice/tone, and writing habits that need attention.
A manuscript evaluation is usually the best place to start.
Ghost write/Total rewrite: If you’ve come to the conclusion that writing isn’t for you, a ghost writer or total rewrite is the answer. There is nothing wrong with needing help beyond the scope of editing. As said in my BEST EMERGING AUTHOR OF 2017 AWARD speech, “Writing is hard.” And it is. Very hard.
Ghost writing creates an entire book from scratch. A total rewrite is a major overhaul on existing work.
Book Coaching/Mentoring: Need an experienced writer and editor to hold your hand through the process? I'm your gal. My clients claim I rock. They praise me in the acknowledgments of their books and write awesome reviews of my editorial savvy.
"Denise is a world-class editor. I am confident that any writer hiring her will be well served. She brought a level of passion and precision to my project that exceeded all expectations. Her ability to balance style considerations with technical polish was inspiring, and everything she suggested was in the spirit of working as a team to ensure the work was the best it could be. I am much happier with my book as a result of Denise's help, and recommend her without hesitation." - Mark H Fitzpatrick, Author
Let’s make it happen. My number is 905-397-7421, and my direct email is [email protected]
Denise (Dee) Willson