(The Editors Listed On This Page Are Not Employed By Ravenswood)

Even the most seasoned author knows that to achieve clarity and establish credibility, professional editing is an essential part of the writing process. An effective professional editor will correct common errors, such as grammatical and syntactical inaccuracies, as well as address issues that are not technically wrong, but may be distracting to a reader, such as awkward phrasing and repetitive wording.

Although necessary, relinquishing editorial control of a manuscript is not always easy. Effective writing requires considerable time and effort, and a writer may be concerned that meaning or personal style will be altered or lost during the editorial process.

A Different Approach

At Ravenswood, we understand these challenges. That’s why we offer our authors a choice. While, upon request, we may provide traditional in-house editing, for a more personalized and expedited editorial experience, we recommend the fee-based services of a freelance editor.

Because freelance editors are hired on an individual basis by authors themselves, these seasoned professionals can provide feedback and guidance that is tailored to meet each author’s specific needs, as they arise. A freelance editor will work collaboratively with the author, and in most cases, will provide more focused attention than can be expected from a publisher’s in-house editorial staff, with limited time and multiple projects.

The following list is provided as a courtesy of Ravenswood. Please note that authors are not bound to this list and may employ any qualified editor that meets Ravenswood’s editorial standards.

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PAIGE MELROSE (Freelance Editor)

Paige is a 32 year old who loves the Fantasy, Young Adult, Mystery, and Historical Fantasy styles. In love with Irish, Scottish, fae and magic themes, as well as any variation of them. Reading is completed very quickly, with corrections and suggestions taking longer as necessary to produce a workable manuscript for each author to consider.

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Britta is a freelance editor specializing in YA and adult fiction of all varieties. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Seattle Pacific University and a BA in English. As an active writer herself, Britta understands the challenges and frustrations of the writing life and is able to offer grounded advice and suggestions for transforming a manuscript into the best it can possibly be.

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For Jackie Scales, an incurable love of reading has enriched her life by taking her to fabulous places and introducing her to extraordinary characters. She has a tremendous appreciation for the hard work that authors put into crafting their stories and works diligently and efficiently to ensure that an author’s book is the best it can be.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in English, Jackie kicked off her career many years ago as an editorial assistant in Washington, D.C. During her editing journey, she has had the privilege of working with authors from a multitude of countries. Most recently, she was an independent copy editor of manuscripts written by a large, multinational group of authors for inclusion in a book being published later this year.

Jackie provides high-quality, affordable editorial services, priced on a per-page basis, that reflect the level of editing desired. She kindly asks that the author follow Ravenswood’s requisite 1.5 line spacing set in 12-point Times New Roman. Jackie favors using MS Word’s track-changes feature but is happy as well to work from hard-copy manuscripts.

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DANIEL DIEHL (Ravenswood Freelance Editor)

Daniel Diehl has been writing and editing for publication since 1980. In that time he has published 26 books, ghost written 3 books, written more than 170 hours of scripts for documentary television and written more hundreds of magazine articles than he can possibly remember. From 1985 – 1989 he was editor-in-chief of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s ‘Gilded Age’ magazine.

Diehl’s editorial services run from the most basic grammatical and typographic editing to more in-depth editing for sentence and paragraph structure, content and flow. The author may specify the level of editorial help they desire or ask Mr Diehl to review the manuscript – free of charge – and have him suggest the level of editorial help needed. When the editorial work has been completed the author is given an opportunity to review it and, if necessary, request specific additional changes at no additional charge.

Mr Diehl’s editorial services are priced on a per-page basis, based on the level of editorial help desired. To ensure price consistency all manuscripts are to be set in 12 point Times New Roman typeface and spaced at 1.5 line spacing with double spaces between paragraphs.

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CHAD T. DOUGLAS, Author (Ravenswood Freelance Copy & Content Editor)

Chad T. Douglas graduated from the University of Florida and holds a B.A. in English. The published author of a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series, Douglas has had consistent and direct experience in professional writing, editing, publication and online and offline book marketing since 2009. From 2010 to 2015 he was a staff writer and editor with the publications department at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. His first trilogy received honors in the 78th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition and the 2010–2011 New York and L.A. Book Festival Book Contests. In 2014, Chad appeared by invitation at the Paris Book Fair at Salon du Livre as one of several “undiscovered” American authors.

Chad has a great interest in all varieties of popular fiction, offering editing services ranging from basic grammatical and typographical editing to in-depth content editing. At the author’s request, Chad can also assist authors in developing characters and managing the structure and pacing of their work as well as defining a writing style and voice and using effective storytelling economy in the author’s own voice. Chad prefers to work digitally, editing in Microsoft Word using the "track changes" feature, keeping the editing process transparent and digital. Chad performs the first round of edits (including basic grammatical and typographical edits and comments) at a fixed, per-word rate to keep costs from varying greatly, regardless of a manuscript's length or publication-readiness. He notifies the author when round one is complete, allowing the author to review and accept or reject changes. Once the author has made any necessary changes or revisions, Chad performs round two of his edits and strives to polish the work to the best of his ability, preventing the need for further editing or review cycling. As in round one, he notifies the author when round two is complete. The author may request a third (and final) round of revisions if two rounds of work do not satisfactorily complete the process. Chad saves and provides final drafts in a digital format free-of-charge, but can print and ship hard copies at the author's expense if the author so desires.

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HOLLY M. KOTHE (Freelance Editor)

Holly M. Kothe has been in the publishing industry for over ten years, first as a contributing writer at Writer's Digest and later as a senior editor for The Oddville Press. She completed her B.A. in English with a concentration in writing at Southern New Hampshire University and soon after became an editor at Writer’s Beat Quarterly — a publication dedicated to the writing critique community at Writer's Beat. Nest, Holly edited for both new and seasoned authors at J. Ellington Ashton Press, before finally settling into her position as a senior editor for The Oddville Press. Today, Holly runs her own full-time editing and writing business at The Espresso Editor.

Holly is passionate about providing affordable, quality editing, because she is also a devoted reader and author. Rather than show you how she would write your manuscript, Holly will help you improve your writing in your own style. She enjoys editing and is determined to give clients the highest quality of service in the industry.

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KIMBERLY HUTHER (Wordsmith Proofreading/Freelance Editor)

Kimberly Huther is an experienced and highly-detailed proofreader with well-honed communication skills. She is highly dependable and is keenly focused on the needs of the client. Kimberly works very well under pressure and can meet almost any deadline.

Kimberly achieved a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia in 1994. She has worked with several authors and is currently the owner of Wordsmith Proofreading.

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LISANNE COOPER, (Freelance Editor)

I started life as a reader, devouring everything I could find from a wide variety of genres. From there, I naturally progressed to writing, and from there, editing. Editing is something I feel strongly about and enjoy immensely. Call me crazy, but I just love being a grammar nerd!

I was employed as a paralegal for 17 years before becoming a freelance editor. This helped me develop a critical eye and the ability to spot the inconsistencies and pitfalls that might cause your reader to lose their focus and suspension-of-disbelief.

I’ll work with you to create believable dialog, well-crafted scenes and consistent character POVs and ensure that your voice shines through.

My poetry, short stories and nonfiction have all won awards, so I know what works and what doesn’t. I do a complete edit, including line edits, with copious notes and comments. If requested, I can also provide you with an overall critique of your manuscript.

I am also the author of four novels, so I understand how eager you will be to get your manuscript back. I strive to complete each project in a timely manner. When not editing for you, my writing partner, Xena, and I (see picture) spend our time reading, writing and talking to other writers. Aaahh, the good life!

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NATHAN SMITH, (Freelance Editor)

I'm a pastor with a passion for writing. My wife and I live in North Carolina where I serve as the Family Pastor for a traditional Southern Baptist Church. In addition to my church ministry, I write professionally for magazines such as Group, the Youth Workers Journal, and Kidz Matter Magazine. Also, My first book As the Sun Rises released in February.

If you're interested in contracting me for freelance work, feel free to contact me by email. I will be in touch with you within 48 hours. You can see samples of my writing under the portfolio tab on my Internet.

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