For many writers, myself included, red marks across our crisp white page are not always the easiest to receive initially. Yet, the relationship between author and editor can be one of the most inspiring, insightful, and creative collaborations there is.
Why hire an editor?
- To illuminate and hold steady the vision and intent of your project
- To be supported in growing and maintaining your voice and style
- To assure fluidity, precision and impact
- To eliminate extraneous detail, repetition, and common habits in grammar that can make or break the outcome
- To accomplish the goal of inspiring, teaching and/or captivating your reader to the point where they are changed on some level
- To have a seamlessly polished body of work
Writing unfolds in layers and exposes itself in surprising ways. As we lay it out on the page, we can become too close to see the whole picture, and the fine details within it. We need an outside perspective and a set of fresh eyes to keep the clarity of vision and content. This is where I come in.
I attune myself to every layer of what makes your writing soar off the page and land inside the reader as a memorable imprint they carry with them. This will reveal itself in your word choice, tone, sentence structure, ‘showing’ instead of ‘telling,’ and in the seemingly insignificant comma that can impact flow and meaning.
I will let you know where I’m captivated and inspired. If I find a place where the writing falls flat, is incongruent or confusing, or where you might be holding back, I will not stop until it rings out a solid YES!
No matter what subject matter you are writing about, the goal is to write it strong, so that no reader will skip a sentence, paragraph or page. When you write with the passion of what you know, in a voice and style that is unmistakably yours, you are bound to be successful.
I am here to strengthen and enhance what makes you unique so that it echoes through the pages even when the manuscript is closed, or the project is set aside.
It is an honor to be entrusted with your work and bring it to its full capacity and fruition. I care about its outcome as much as you do. From the first line to the last, I will make sure your writing is at its most powerful and engaging expression.
“What Leslie did with my story was nothing short of amazing. Her process is magical in that she doesn’t just read the content, she connects to it and follows its unique trajectory. In the absence of an overblown sense of self-importance, rather than claiming the story as her own and making arbitrary changes, she offers logical suggestions and incredibly intelligent advice that helps you articulate exactly what you want to say. She brought out the best in me.” –Charlotte Spicer