Melissa Swenka

Melissa Swenka - Editor

Joplin, MO, United States

Proofreading, Copy Editing, and Beta Reading for fiction and creative non-fiction manuscripts.

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Overview

Currently available for on-the-spot, long-term work.

MeliSwenk Editing helps you share your very best writing by offering professional, personalized, and informed editorial services. Every genre of writing benefits from clear, concise, and active prose. I work in service to the stories because every story deserves an audience. Let me help you put your best manuscripts forward!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Entertainment
Self-help & Self-improvement
Travel
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Horror
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in English (Creative Writing)

Work experience

Professional Reader

MeliSwenk Editing
January, 2011 – Present (over 8 years)

Providing developmental, comprehensive, and line edits to fiction, creative non-fiction, and general non-fiction manuscripts for independent authors.

Copy Editor, Proofreader

EditFast
November, 2014 – Present (over 4 years)

Provide copy editing and proofreading services to an international editing agency for manuscripts within the academic, creative, and promotional genres.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

There Are People In The Attic

Malena Colon

Not your typical haunted house story, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE ATTIC is a Gothic thriller told through the eyes of 12 year old Janette Riley. Following the life of a family hidden for generations in fear, this is a story about living in the shadows with allusions to the meaning of life, the nature of death, and how one tries to hope or rebel when all seems lost. It all leads back to the mystery... read more

Not your typical haunted house story, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE ATTIC is a Gothic thriller told through the eyes of 12 year old Janette Riley. Following the life of a family hidden for generations in fear, this is a story about living in the shadows with allusions to the meaning of life, the nature of death, and how one tries to hope or rebel when all seems lost. It all leads back to the mystery... read more

Art in the Dark: and other tales.

Robert Eichelberg

"Art in the Dark" is a collection of 23 short stories inspired by the likes of Calvino and Kafka, and seasoned with twists reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. The stories are at times humorous and sarcastic; at other times they are ironic and frightening. Loaded with symbolism and metaphor, the collection takes on subjects such as materialism, ideology, love, war and the unstoppable march of tim... read more

"Art in the Dark" is a collection of 23 short stories inspired by the likes of Calvino and Kafka, and seasoned with twists reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. The stories are at times humorous and sarcastic; at other times they are ironic and frightening. Loaded with symbolism and metaphor, the collection takes on subjects such as materialism, ideology, love, war and the unstoppable march of tim... read more

Chaise to the Death (The Post Chaise Chronicles Book 1)

Brad Mela

"Just when it seems that historical adventures and mysteries have all been written, along comes Harry Kiser, a rogue, a scoundrel and one of the most adventuresome postal workers to ever take the reins of the Post Chaise in Brad Mela’s Chaise to the Death." - TomeTender'The Post Chaise Chronicles' series is set in England during the late 18th-century when the world is going through some of its... read more

"Just when it seems that historical adventures and mysteries have all been written, along comes Harry Kiser, a rogue, a scoundrel and one of the most adventuresome postal workers to ever take the reins of the Post Chaise in Brad Mela’s Chaise to the Death." - TomeTender'The Post Chaise Chronicles' series is set in England during the late 18th-century when the world is going through some of its... read more

The Cost of Atonement (The Cost of Love Series Book 2)

G.S. Carr

Can’t a lady dedicate her life to serving others without the encumbrance of a husband?A year ago, Virginia’s closest friend was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Since, then she has dedicated her life to the abolitionist efforts and fighting for change in America. But when an opportunity to be a Conductor comes wrapped in the condition of marriage, Virginia finds herself giving in to the one th... read more

Can’t a lady dedicate her life to serving others without the encumbrance of a husband?A year ago, Virginia’s closest friend was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Since, then she has dedicated her life to the abolitionist efforts and fighting for change in America. But when an opportunity to be a Conductor comes wrapped in the condition of marriage, Virginia finds herself giving in to the one th... read more

The Cost of Rebellion (The Cost of Love Book 3)

G.S. Carr

Hope Cummings had no interest in the ordinary life of a proper English lady, no matter how much her mother wished she would.Milling about London attending balls and visiting with high born ladies who though more highly of themselves than they ought, held no appeal. She'd rather be sailing the majestic ocean with her father and brother or embarking on adventures. Anything other than preparing f... read more

Hope Cummings had no interest in the ordinary life of a proper English lady, no matter how much her mother wished she would.Milling about London attending balls and visiting with high born ladies who though more highly of themselves than they ought, held no appeal. She'd rather be sailing the majestic ocean with her father and brother or embarking on adventures. Anything other than preparing f... read more

Renting Mr. Rella (Modern Not-So-Fairy Tales Book 1)

G.S. Carr

Jail time for being man enough to kidnap your half-brother: as high as twenty plus years. Yes, I checked. Too bad there isn’t a “saving your little brother from his lazy, deadbeat mom who won’t give up her parental rights to spite your dead father” escape clause. Hence, why I’m working to keep a roof over my little brother, stepmom, and two half-baked stepsisters’ heads. Well, until she spent ... read more

Jail time for being man enough to kidnap your half-brother: as high as twenty plus years. Yes, I checked. Too bad there isn’t a “saving your little brother from his lazy, deadbeat mom who won’t give up her parental rights to spite your dead father” escape clause. Hence, why I’m working to keep a roof over my little brother, stepmom, and two half-baked stepsisters’ heads. Well, until she spent ... read more

The Last Man

Sean Williams

The Last Man is rather the first book in the trilogy that concerns our main protagonist, Ian, a young man who has been forced into exile for years with his parents and is now being prepped to undertake a daring rescue mission with his mother and father. The odds are stacked against them as they face the greatest evil the world has ever known: Femtheism, which is the final stage for the radical... read more

The Last Man is rather the first book in the trilogy that concerns our main protagonist, Ian, a young man who has been forced into exile for years with his parents and is now being prepped to undertake a daring rescue mission with his mother and father. The odds are stacked against them as they face the greatest evil the world has ever known: Femtheism, which is the final stage for the radical... read more

Sales Basics

Sherry Moore

Learn sales from a proven sales professional. This book shares with you highly advanced sales tactics which are broken down into basics that anyone can understand and apply. I have worked in sales for a decade and a half. I have done any type of sales style there is from simple appointment setting to consultative sales; from face-to-face to telemarketing; inbound and outbound sales; cold leads... read more

Learn sales from a proven sales professional. This book shares with you highly advanced sales tactics which are broken down into basics that anyone can understand and apply. I have worked in sales for a decade and a half. I have done any type of sales style there is from simple appointment setting to consultative sales; from face-to-face to telemarketing; inbound and outbound sales; cold leads... read more

Sales Basics: How Do You Decide to Buy? Workbook

Sherry Moore

Learn more about sales from a proven sales professional by learning what inspires people, like yourself, to buy. This easy-to-use Workbook allows you to think through how you decide to buy on any given number of things that you purchase daily, throughout the month, and the year. These decisions can impact your awareness of how people, like yourself, buy and what and who influences their decisi... read more

Learn more about sales from a proven sales professional by learning what inspires people, like yourself, to buy. This easy-to-use Workbook allows you to think through how you decide to buy on any given number of things that you purchase daily, throughout the month, and the year. These decisions can impact your awareness of how people, like yourself, buy and what and who influences their decisi... read more

Oralicious

Tatiana

Our bodies are designed to enjoy many great pleasures, and one way is by way of sexual stimulation. Oral sex is not a bad or disgusting thing that we are made to believe. Far from the case...having an orgasm releases stress and toxins from the body naturally.

Our bodies are designed to enjoy many great pleasures, and one way is by way of sexual stimulation. Oral sex is not a bad or disgusting thing that we are made to believe. Far from the case...having an orgasm releases stress and toxins from the body naturally.

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