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“Jo gives such constructive and considered feedback in her assessments, helping authors realise the potential of their manuscripts through her strong grasp of both the big picture and the finer details. I am so grateful for her thoughtful and professional assessment service, which helped me rework my manuscript into a state that was ready for submission. It has since been accepted for publication!”
– Penny Harrison, writer, book reviewer,
“Jo’s assessments of Unpublished Picture Book Manuscripts were thoughtful, insightful and detailed, encouraging each creator to think outside the square and push themselves higher.”
– Tania McCartney, writer, illustrator, founder of www.kids-bookreview.com,
“Jo's services are first class. An experienced and astute editor, she has a deep understanding of her clients' needs and provides guidance with care and respect”
– AJ Collins, professional writer and editor,
“Jo is an experienced editor with an excellent eye for identifying what’s working and what isn’t. Whether your work is fiction or non-fiction, genre or corporate, Jo has a knack for elucidating big picture issues, and an ability to suggest structural modifications that will help you to make your work shine. I thoroughly recommend her. ”
– Melissa Catherine Manning,
By the time a manuscript is ready for a copy edit, most of the big picture narrative issues are sorted.
At this stage, vocabulary choice, sentence structure (length, variation, awkward turns of phrase), spelling and punctuation are ready for close examination. Any and all remaining narrative gaps, with particular attention to the logical sequences of events, timeline, plot and character consistencies are also carefully assessed.
This service is often provided for writers who choose to self-publish. I do not recommend using your editor for proofreading. If I have been your editor, I have travelled with you through the manuscript assessment, developmental edit and copy edit stages. I have therefore been far too closely involved with the text to be able to see tiny remaining errors. I refer proofreading services to trusted colleagues rather than risk missing critical errors in text. My trusted colleagues, in turn, refer proofreading work for clients who have travelled with them through the developmental editing stages.