About

l4Selecting the right editor for you is an important decision.  It is about developing a conducive working relationship and sharing the same vision: to make your manuscript the best it can be.

My motto:

When you write a story, you are asking the reader to take a hold of your hands and trust in you.  To suspend their belief and follow you on a journey in complete faith, you won’t take advantage of that trust.  To me, that is a sacred bond and responsibility, I hope you as a writer understand and take seriously.  I do as an editor, and I refuse to violate it.

I take all Fiction Genres except: Mystery, Poetry, and Children’s books.

(For Nonfiction requests, please e-mail me.)  Length does not matter. I take shorts, novellas, serial novels, etc.

If you choose to work with me…

  • I will give you everything you’ll need to create a much-improved, finished manuscript.
  • I write detailed notes in the right margin of your manuscript and use Word Tracking Changes to correct errors.
  • I compose a comprehensive critique to guide you through your revisions.
  • I am very adept at finding: plot continuity problems, excess repetition, lack of emphasis on critical points, and obvious manufactured drama.
  • I can be very harsh on critiquing plots.  If I can grab an errant thread and pull it to unravel your plot, I do so gleefully. I will point out things an average reader won’t catch or will forgive you for. I don’t apologize for that. That is my duty to you and the reader.
  • I can help you with voice, character development, putting in credible tension and emotion, and offer other invaluable suggestions to make your manuscript come alive for the reader.

How I work:

I work through your manuscript the first time and provide you with the comprehensive edit.  I make myself available for any questions you have until you are satisfied and send it back to me.  Then I go back through and do the line edit.  (Unless you don’t order that service) I stay available for any follow up questions until you are satisfied.  Once you are, the second half of your payment is due.

Samples:
You should never hire an editor without asking for a free sample.
I ask that you send me 2000 to 3000 words and will return it to you within 48hrs.

Contact me here:
laurakingsleyeEd@yahoo.com

What I won’t do:

  • I will offer suggestions on how to rewrite, but I won’t rewrite it for you.
  • If you don’t know the difference between ‘show’ and ‘tell’, I will most likely turn you down.
  • I do not verify facts and procedures.   Example: I do not know the correct procedure for loading a Civil War Weapon.  I do not know how the timing device works that allowed bullets to pass through a spinning propeller without chewing up the propeller on WWI bi-planes.  That is up to you verify.
  • I don’t take poetry, so I can’t help you with flow problems.
  • I cannot get you permission to use the verse of a song from your favorite rock band.

Qualifications:

  • I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Literature from Bowling Green University in Ohio.
  • I interned for, not one, but two  defunct e-book publishers.
  • I served as  editor for several e-magazines
  • I serve as comprehensive editor for Prehysteria Imprints, working with authors like Emma Jean Hoffmann, and Bryant James
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