I'm the founder and editor at Penmanship Editing. A business founded in February 2017, whose main goal is to help writers of all abilities edit, shine, and polish their manuscript ready for publication and/or submission. I've worked with both traditional and self-publishing authors, but work primarily with the latter. I take a positive and constructive approach to development, line, and copyediting.
I have seven years editing and critiquing experience within online and in-person writing groups. I have dealt with full novels, chapter-by-chapter editing, poetry, short stories, novellas, and novelettes. I take a kind and encouraging approach to editing, while remain critical and honest. I find the best results come from the author and editor working in tandem towards the same goal, which I find works best when the editor is both positive and critical.
Development editing, line editing, and copyediting are my specialties, but I also offer proofreading, blurb development, manuscript mentoring and evaluation services.
The east has been ravaged by a mysterious figure, draining the life of the land and its people. But there is hope, for the prophecy brings promise of a hero. Tony doesn't know if he can save the East, but he needs to try - the world is depending on him. Taken from his homeland when he was just a baby and forced to live under the tyrannical rule of King Navine, his skills in battle are formidab... read more
In the battle between energy and emptiness, there's only one weapon – the elements. The light and dark souls have been reunited. It is now up to Nora and Darcy to track down the elemental souls with help from their guardians. Finding the four souls that represent the four natural elements out of seven billion is an overwhelming mission. Only through translating the Statera and reminiscing of t... read more
Life in twelfth-century Scotland is rough, brutal, and mostly short. It’s no place to be betrothed against your will. But the match of Thain’s daughter Nye with a Viking Jarl will add his warriors to her clan’s war against the English. Taking flight before the pact is sealed, Nye is caught on the road to Edinburgh, bringing death and terror to the Castle of the Red-Haired Maidens. Tangled in a... read more
"Stories are your anchor to this world of turmoil and strife; cling to them and they shall save you." Cat's words of advice to a new author were simple: write to live. After fighting a battle that her late husband unknowingly started, Fallon James follows Cat's advice and writes her story. But is 'The End' really as final as it seems? Love transcends the boundaries of life and death in this st... read more
Plagued by the ravages of war, climate change, and a mosquito-born virus, the world struggles with its last breaths. Susan can’t stop the end, she can only write about it. However, someone is trying to keep her from the truth. She won’t let that get in the way of her love-life though. Running from stalkers while barely staying out of trouble, Susan is faced with reality while she tries to crea... read more
During a routine trip in Ecuador, Steven White, a 33-year old wildlife fanatic and adventure tour leader was involved in afatal and tragic accident while driving a tourist vehicle. Critically injured, clouded with grief and mixed emotions, battling a corrupt legal system and his shady lawyers, he was convicted by a grubby judge and detained in a political prison with crazy cops and military ma... read more
Cleaning, cooking, volunteering, attending church . . . Deb lives a monotonous life. Stuck in a loveless marriage, she doesn't know where to turn or what to do. One day, out of the blue, a mysterious man enters her life, and her once boring existence is born anew. As he fills her heart with love, joy, and hope, she must decide whether her marriage is worth saving.Betty's life is nothing but fu... read more
Imagine living with a stutter, where some days the simplicity of a sentence or just to say your name is a struggle. It lowers your self-esteem, causing you to push people away and hide from who you really are. It affects the decisions you make as a mother, a wife, a best friend. Fake Escape is womens fiction about a woman, Michaela, who struggles with stuttering. She accidentally begins living... read more
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Intuitive, expert editor with 30 yrs experience teaching fiction writing at a major university. Well-published, knowledgeable, honest, kind.
I have edited over 80 titles in crime, noir and literary fiction, from poetry to short story and novels. I am also a published poet myself.