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I'm Melanie

Editor, Content Creator, and Book Project Manager

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Are you a publisher or self-publishing author?

I work with nonfiction and books  in the early draft to polishing phases to craft a vision through effective storytelling for an identified audience and articulate message & purpose—preparing for a seamless transition from writing to marketing.

In reality, readers judge books by their content—and cover to cover.

That’s why I approach editing and publishing “inside out.” 



Mindful Editing,
Aware of Author Authenticity & Experienced in the Field

Services Include:

  • Manuscript Critique
  • Developmental Editing
  • Line/Copyediting
  • Proofreading
  • Self-Publishing Project Management

We'll likely be especially compatible if you write about:

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Sustainability & Nature

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Conscious & Intentional Lifestyles

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Arts & Culture

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Historical Fiction

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Speculative Fiction

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Contemporary Fiction

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Ready to Publish?

Of course, you can’t entirely control whether a book will resonate with an individual reader. Your book won’t be for everybody no matter what, despite the best efforts of writer, editor, proofreader, and marketer.


But you can implement strategic analysis to ensure that you’ve done what’s in your ability to align it to the readers who would probably want to read it. 


Remember, potential readers become suspicious when they sense something’s is a little “off.”


  • A book blurb claims that it explains a complex topic to readers who know nothing about the subject—but the language is a little too scientific and formal. 
  • A story plot misses a crucial stage of character development, and the ending sort of “flops.”
  • A “historically accurate” novel of the 1870s portrays characters using contemporary slang.
  • An informative book about eco-friendly practices wasn’t thoroughly researched or was overhyped and contains greenwashed advice.

Don’t let misaligned storytelling & messaging prevent your book from reaching its otherwise ideal audience.

When your identified audience is discerning consumers looking for informative and inspiring reading that demonstrates quality storytelling and careful introspection, the journey from concept to publish or promote involves sometimes confusing communications that may get lost in translation in the writing to editing to marketing messaging processes. 

 

These phases of a project often require navigating scientific or academic terminology and theory, industry buzzwords, creative impulses, spiritual philosophies, and tendencies (however inadvertent) to introduce elements of excessive hype, or other tactics that begin to feel inauthentic to the initial vision.

Clear identification of audience along with a defined core sense of the intention and vision of an author are the way through the maze.

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What My Clients Say:

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 As this was my first endeavor into book writing, I was unfamiliar with the process. Melanie walked me through the process every step of the way, providing constant feedback and guidance on next steps. […] During each step she discussed all options and the “why” for each decision. I truly learned a great deal from this process with Melanie and could not be happier with the final products. 

Michael Warner, PhD
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I highly recommend Melanie. She was professional, fast, and very helpful. I will definitely use her services again.

Heather Hausenblas, PhD
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[Melanie] has helped me with my academic English as a non-native English speaker. […]She would draw my attention to the big issues like the essay format as well as the focus and the flow of my writing. Of course, her meticulous scholarship would help me re-vision my ‘ignored’ grammatical infelicities and wrong usage. I have been happy with her copy-editing service and would recommend her to those who are keen to have one copy-editor like her.

 

 

Fay Yao, PhD

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