"Our lives are shaped from the books we read; therefore, the most valuable job to both publisher and author is their editor. Editor Susanne Lakin is a gifted wordsmith, coach, and mentor. Our authors have grown and learned from Susanne's professional editorial direction without losing their voice. As a small book publisher, we are grateful to Susanne for always completing projects ahead of schedule and under budget."
"Without Susanne Lakin's expert editing, expertise on how a book should be put together, and her special literary insights, I would not have my newest novel, Love, Sometimes, with an agent and a film option. I ant can't wait to give her the rest of my books. Not only is she a great writer, but she's a rare combination, also knowing how to edit."
"Susanne is a terrific editor who treated me more like a friend than a client. She is talented, thorough and returns work on time. More than this, she is sympathetic to both writer and reader. For the sake of your readers she'll point out your mistakes and bad habits. For your sake she'll do it gently."
"Susanne's insight and eye for detail have, on numerous occasions, taken my manuscripts from mediocre to good, from good to better, from better to my personal best. She offers both honesty and encouragement, and acts as a cheerleader for her clients - urging them on to excellence."
"Susanne's editing helped me to see many of my repeated mistakes. Not only did she edit my first book but she helped to make my book proposal the best it could be. She is thorough and turns the work around in a timely fashion. She is friendly and courteous making me feel like I have gained a friend."
"Susanne's editing gave me an objective, blimp-over-the-parade view of my book. With an encouraging touch, she caught my bad habits and flubs. As a bonus, Susanne uses her extra-extrovert personality to brag on the writers she edits to her publishing contacts."
“Susanne is always accessible and eager to help. With years of writing experience and several books already tucked into the completed file, she comes at the craft of writing with a toolbelt full of knowledge and creativity. She tackles editing with the heart of a mentor. One aspect I especially appreciate in the help I've received from Susanne is her dedication, which translates into always finishing the job. I would highly recommend her.”
"Susanne Lakin gives a balanced and thorough edit—encouraging yet identifying the flaws and weak areas of the manuscript. If you're looking to improve your manuscript and grow as a writer, I recommend Susanne's editing services."
I apologize to all who know this well-worn quote from Groucho Marx, but here it is anyway:
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
The journey of writing a book can be just as dark as the inside of a dog, but then, I have never journeyed to the innards of such a creature. Maybe, upon arriving there I would find a bright light to guide my way. That would sure be nice, especially navigating those miles of intestines!
So it is with the writing journey. OK, I am a little more crass than Anne Lamott at describing the writer's journey (See Bird By Bird), but the struggles of mastering the craft of writing take not just time but assistance. At least in my opinion. Some writers do just fine without any feedback or critiquing at all. Or so I'm told. Haven't met one yet. So, the wonderful part of being an editor for another writer is in holding up that lamp along those slippery paths so the writer can get a better footing. And if you happen to chance on the "exit" sign that leads out of that dark, convoluted place and into some fresh air and sunlight, then woohoo! You both get to dance on the tickly grass with your bare feet.
If you need someone to polish your manuscript and fix all those pesky commas, hyphens, and clunky sentences, or if you want help examining how you are telling your story, concerned about elements such as pacing, character development, structuring chapters, scenes, building tension, epiphanies, and denouements (OK, I used to not know what those last two words meant too!) and want someone to delve deep into the heart of your story and come back out with encouraging, constructive feedback, then let me help you. I love great characters and feel they are what drives your story. If you are writing nonfiction, you'll need to still have a unique voice that stands out, that reflects the passion you feel for your subject without boring your audience to tears.
So, now I'll rewrite Groucho: "Outside of a book, a dog is man's best friend. Inside of a book . . . well, it looks a whole lot better than the inside of a dog."
My overall assessment of your manuscript will address plot and character development strengths and weaknesses. I will point out areas where improvement is needed and offer general suggestions. No changes are made to your manuscript.
BASIC PROOFREAD INCLUDES:
CONTENT EDIT INCLUDES:
*Copyedit includes a Basic Proofread
Format and Payment
I accept hard copy and electronic submissions. Please ensure that all work is formatted in Times New Roman or Courier 12-point font and double-spaced. Manuscripts submitted in other fonts/formats will not be accepted. For hard-copy manuscripts, single or double-sided pages are accepted. Clients are responsible for the payment of all postage costs. For electronic submissions, work can be sent as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word® format. Electronic submissions are edited with the Microsoft Word® Track Changes feature. All changes or suggestions within the document are marked in red for easy recognition. Track Changes allows you to accept or reject any suggested changes. If you do not have access to Microsoft Word, please inform me at the beginning of our working relationship so we can discuss other arrangements.
Once services are contracted, an estimated 50% of payment is due at the start of the editing work. The balance will be due at completion. Please contact me directly for rates and information on my critique services.
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