Wordplay Editing Services owner and founder, Michele Perry, has over 15 years experience in publishing, editing, copywriting and research services. Having worked with some of the world’s largest companies and publishers, she can assist you with all your writing and editing requirements.
Michele has also studied in many writing related disciplines and obtained formal qualifications through a number of internationally recognised educational institutions.
"Every good writer needs a good editor – someone who can let the writer know what works and what doesn’t, what material to develop and what material to cut, someone to help with grammar and spelling, and to ensure that the author’s work is reaching the intended audience.
If you are a writer and need help with any of the above – my eyes are yours!" Michele Perry
Editing Services I can provide:
This deals with the bigger picture – the logical structuring of information and the matching of language and presentation to the needs of the audience. Aspects checked at this stage include:
- effective and inclusive language
- how easily the story/text flows
- purpose of the text
- narrative; voice; plot; pace; characterisations; dialogue; readership; title; length and presentation
The overall accomplishment of a good structural edit is that the author’s message reaches the audience. I can also give you a critical evaluation of your piece and suggest changes, which you may or may not take on board.
This is the general description given to a variety of tasks. Most importantly it ensures that nothing disturbs the interaction between author and reader. Points that are checked include:
- narrative; voice; plot; pace; characterisations; dialogue; readership, title, length and presentation
- grammar, spelling and punctuation (all is corrected)
- consistent style
- factual accuracy
- correct illustrations suitably placed and captioned
- coordination of copyright applications and acknowledgments, legal concerns etc.
- checking of title page, imprint page, references, indexes, chapters etc.
Proofreading is generally the final edit, (usually completed when the manuscript has been typeset) but you can have your manuscript proofread at various stages along the publishing process. In this edit I will check all spelling, grammar, punctuation, layout and styling.
I will read your manuscript and give you suggestions as to how you can improve it before you send it to a publisher or, for self-publishers, press that print button! I can evaluate and write an assessment for a flat fee. Aspects I look at include: narrative, voice, plot, pace, characterisations, dialogue, and readership. With over 10 years experience as a bookseller and book buyer, and with over 15 years’ experience as an editor in numerous publishing houses – I know what can make your work more ‘publishable’!