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Meredith Tennant

Meredith Tennant - Editor

Virginia

Thoughtful editing and meticulous proofreading, done with a sharp eye and gentle tongue.

Overview

Dear Author,


You’re a writer; you may have written your first book. It might be fiction or nonfiction. It might be a cookbook, a memoir, or a children’s book. It might be a book of photographs, advice on how to break into a particular career, or a self-help manual. No matter: you’ve written a book and you know you need an editor. But you don’t know who to choose or what to expect, either from your editor or from the editorial process. You’re feeling a little uncertain and maybe even a little intimidated.

Don’t be.

What you’re feeling is completely normal and I deal with this all the time.

Producing a book is a collaborative effort. You’ve put in blood, sweat, and tears to get words out of your head and on to paper or screen. Now your editor steps in to help you make your book the best it can be. My job, as your editor, is to guide you, encourage you, and meet you at the finish line with a resounding cheer. You’ll find it all much less nerve-wracking than you expected and you may even find yourself enjoying it.

When we’re finished and you get the final, edited manuscript, you’ll look at it. You’ll recognize the words as definitely your words, but they will be somehow shinier and smoother, and you will marvel at how professional the work is. Yes, you are indeed a writer. You can feel proud.

Now go forth and publish.



For developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, or a preliminary talk, please contact me.



Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Fantasy Romance
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Children's Books (Non-Fiction) Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Education & Reference Health & wellbeing Religion & Spirituality

Work experience

Editor, copyeditor, proofreader

Meredith Tennant is self-employed

December, 2008 – Present (almost 8 years)

I've been freelancing full time since 2008. Before that—way before that—I worked at Mitchell Beazley (now Octopus Publishing). In between the two, I raised children and helped various people with various jobs, all of them to do with words.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Enchantingly Easy Persian Cookbook: 100 Simple Recipes for Beloved Persian Food Favorites

Shadi HasanzadeNemati

From the kitchens of Persian families to your dining table, with The Enchantingly Easy Persian Cookbook you’ll enjoy easy-to-follow recipes that achieve the vibrant flavors of authentic Persian cuisine. Yogurt, eggplant, lamb kebabs, saffron rice―if you have ever dined in a Persian restaurant then you know how rich, tantalizing, and satisfying Persian cuisine is. Yet many assume that making fa... read more

From the kitchens of Persian families to your dining table, with The Enchantingly Easy Persian Cookbook you’ll enjoy easy-to-follow recipes that achieve the vibrant flavors of authentic Persian cuisine. Yogurt, eggplant, lamb kebabs, saffron rice―if you have ever dined in a Persian restaurant then you know how rich, tantalizing, and satisfying Persian cuisine is. Yet many assume that making fa... read more

Echo and the Most Beautiful Butterfly

Lechelle Calderwood

Many caterpillars gather together to vote in the Most Beautiful Butterfly Contest. The millipedes with all their feet are in charge of judging! Echo the caterpillar wonders how she will choose one butterfly as being more beautiful than another. Among the millipedes and butterflies, Echo learns how to stand up for what she thinks is right.

Many caterpillars gather together to vote in the Most Beautiful Butterfly Contest. The millipedes with all their feet are in charge of judging! Echo the caterpillar wonders how she will choose one butterfly as being more beautiful than another. Among the millipedes and butterflies, Echo learns how to stand up for what she thinks is right.

Impala

Andrew Diamond

An Amazon Best Book of the Month - Sept. 2016 - Mystery/ThrillerFirst Place Winner - Genre Fiction - 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book AwardsRussell Fitzpatrick has a problem. After four years on the straight and narrow, he's got a boring job, the wrong girlfriend, and an itch for something more. When he receives a cryptic email from a legendary and slightly deranged fellow hacke... read more

An Amazon Best Book of the Month - Sept. 2016 - Mystery/ThrillerFirst Place Winner - Genre Fiction - 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book AwardsRussell Fitzpatrick has a problem. After four years on the straight and narrow, he's got a boring job, the wrong girlfriend, and an itch for something more. When he receives a cryptic email from a legendary and slightly deranged fellow hacke... read more

Vegan 101: A Vegan Cookbook: Learn to Cook Plant-Based Meals that Satisfy Everyone

Jenny Engel, Heather Bell

POP QUIZ! Cooking healthy vegan meals at home is complicated and expensive. True or False? False! You can eat―and love―vegan food at home no matter your skill level or the diet you regularly follow. Culinary instructors extraordinaire Jenny Engel and Heather Bell, owners of beloved vegan cooking school Spork Foods, have helped thousands of students incorporate more plant-based meals into their... read more

POP QUIZ! Cooking healthy vegan meals at home is complicated and expensive. True or False? False! You can eat―and love―vegan food at home no matter your skill level or the diet you regularly follow. Culinary instructors extraordinaire Jenny Engel and Heather Bell, owners of beloved vegan cooking school Spork Foods, have helped thousands of students incorporate more plant-based meals into their... read more

All-in-One Dutch Oven Cookbook for Two: One-Pot Meals You'll Both Love

Janet A. Zimmerman

The pot you’ve used to cook for a crowd is just as good at cooking for two! Cook healthy, satisfying one-pot meals while saving time, money, and space with the All-In-One Dutch Oven Cookbook for Two! Specially designed for duos, the 90+ recipes in this Dutch oven cookbook make it easier than ever to create wholesome meals, without spending a fortune on ingredients or generating leftovers that’... read more

The pot you’ve used to cook for a crowd is just as good at cooking for two! Cook healthy, satisfying one-pot meals while saving time, money, and space with the All-In-One Dutch Oven Cookbook for Two! Specially designed for duos, the 90+ recipes in this Dutch oven cookbook make it easier than ever to create wholesome meals, without spending a fortune on ingredients or generating leftovers that’... read more

The Retirement Rescue Plan: Retirement Planning Solutions for the Millions of Americans Who Haven't Saved "Enough"

Melissa Phipps

"...fresh, realistic, and comprehensive solutions for the millions of Americans who haven't saved enough for retirement." —NANCY COLLAMER, Public Speaker, Career Coach, and Author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit Your Passions During Semi-Retirement When financial planning expert Melissa Phipps decided to quit her 9-to-5 and start her own business, she told herself, "the time is now."... read more

"...fresh, realistic, and comprehensive solutions for the millions of Americans who haven't saved enough for retirement." —NANCY COLLAMER, Public Speaker, Career Coach, and Author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit Your Passions During Semi-Retirement When financial planning expert Melissa Phipps decided to quit her 9-to-5 and start her own business, she told herself, "the time is now."... read more

The Esquire Guide to Bodyweight Training: Calisthenics to Look and Feel Your Best from the Boardroom to the Bedroom

Adam Schersten

From the editors of Esquire magazine and top-tier personal trainer Adam Schersten comes the ultimate bodyweight training guide for the modern man. Drop the dumbbells. Ditch the weights. Get in shape and stay in shape with this strength training roster of do-anywhere exercises and calisthenics programs. This is the portable personal trainer for the man on the move―no heavy machines or gym membe... read more

From the editors of Esquire magazine and top-tier personal trainer Adam Schersten comes the ultimate bodyweight training guide for the modern man. Drop the dumbbells. Ditch the weights. Get in shape and stay in shape with this strength training roster of do-anywhere exercises and calisthenics programs. This is the portable personal trainer for the man on the move―no heavy machines or gym membe... read more

Trust: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book One

Parker Sinclair

Alex Conner’s nights of event planning and partying in San Diego, California have taken a turn for the worse as nightmares invade her mind on a daily basis. The memories of the vile man she exiled using the powers inherited from her mother and grandmother are all but breaking into her living hours, and nothing is working to keep her nightmares at bay. Will she ultimately be the one responsible... read more

Alex Conner’s nights of event planning and partying in San Diego, California have taken a turn for the worse as nightmares invade her mind on a daily basis. The memories of the vile man she exiled using the powers inherited from her mother and grandmother are all but breaking into her living hours, and nothing is working to keep her nightmares at bay. Will she ultimately be the one responsible... read more

Truth: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book Two

Parker Sinclair

Now that Alex can no longer deny her heritage as an Earthen Protector, everything comes crashing down around her. Alex’s estranged mom has enlisted her help in finding Alex’s father; a man who was presumed dead since before she was born. While she waits and trains with Dana, the Mistress of Weaponry and Potions, innocent people, some who she dearly loves, face unspeakable horrors. Alex and her... read more

Now that Alex can no longer deny her heritage as an Earthen Protector, everything comes crashing down around her. Alex’s estranged mom has enlisted her help in finding Alex’s father; a man who was presumed dead since before she was born. While she waits and trains with Dana, the Mistress of Weaponry and Potions, innocent people, some who she dearly loves, face unspeakable horrors. Alex and her... read more

Forbidden: An Alex Conner Chronicles Novella (The Alex Conner Chronicles)

Parker Sinclair

Sandra is a bombshell. She also happens to be a Seer, and Earthen Protector Alex Conner’s best friend. When Alex goes missing, Sandra seeks help from the one person she is forbidden to contact. Can Sandra, and those she used to be closest to, finally move past all the fear and mistrust? Discover Sandra’s dark and hidden past, one that even Alex doesn’t know about, in this intense novella, and ... read more

Sandra is a bombshell. She also happens to be a Seer, and Earthen Protector Alex Conner’s best friend. When Alex goes missing, Sandra seeks help from the one person she is forbidden to contact. Can Sandra, and those she used to be closest to, finally move past all the fear and mistrust? Discover Sandra’s dark and hidden past, one that even Alex doesn’t know about, in this intense novella, and ... read more

Bravo and Elphie (Elphie's books Book 2)

Hagit R. Oron

It’s a tale of a child vs. a slide. Bravo, Elphie’s new pet, is stuck on top of the red slide. Elphie never climbs the red slide. It's so high, its goes all the way into the sky. But now he needs to embrace himself and gather up his courage to rescue Bravo. Good thing he never leaves the house without his cape! Join Elphie and Bravo on this colorful bittersweet adventure. Get your own copy tod... read more

It’s a tale of a child vs. a slide. Bravo, Elphie’s new pet, is stuck on top of the red slide. Elphie never climbs the red slide. It's so high, its goes all the way into the sky. But now he needs to embrace himself and gather up his courage to rescue Bravo. Good thing he never leaves the house without his cape! Join Elphie and Bravo on this colorful bittersweet adventure. Get your own copy tod... read more

Ask a Forensic Artist: The Art and Science of Law Enforcement's Most Unique Profession

Lisa Bailey

From shattered skulls to suspects of crime: a law enforcement professional takes you inside the real world of forensic art. It’s not like CSI or Bones. It's better. Have you ever wondered... How forensic artists can sculpt a face from an unidentified skull? Or draw a bad guy from just a witness's description? How do we know what a fugitive is going to look like after 30 years on the run? How d... read more

From shattered skulls to suspects of crime: a law enforcement professional takes you inside the real world of forensic art. It’s not like CSI or Bones. It's better. Have you ever wondered... How forensic artists can sculpt a face from an unidentified skull? Or draw a bad guy from just a witness's description? How do we know what a fugitive is going to look like after 30 years on the run? How d... read more

The Flatulent Pumpkin: First Steps Publishing

Rodney Evans

Once upon a time a strange magical pumpkin appeared. Curiosity turned to excitement when the pumpkin goes POP! and a 10 year-old boy vanished! So who will help our ten-year-old and what will the pumpkin do next? Find out how he returns and learns the lesson of a lifetime. Check out other titles including The Flatulent Pumpkin's instant classic Gone with the Wind!This story will warm your heart... read more

Once upon a time a strange magical pumpkin appeared. Curiosity turned to excitement when the pumpkin goes POP! and a 10 year-old boy vanished! So who will help our ten-year-old and what will the pumpkin do next? Find out how he returns and learns the lesson of a lifetime. Check out other titles including The Flatulent Pumpkin's instant classic Gone with the Wind!This story will warm your heart... read more

The Case of the Plucked Chicken (The Flatulent Pumpkin Series) (Volume 2)

Rodney Evans

First time in print this Bestseller features fantastic illustrations by renowned artist Gary Wein. This book teaches Courage and Responsibility while being the funniest chicken story you'll ever read. Once upon a time plucked chickens start appearing in every kitchen. Where do these rogue chickens come from and how did they get a peculiar attitude? No one will know until the sheriff cracks the... read more

First time in print this Bestseller features fantastic illustrations by renowned artist Gary Wein. This book teaches Courage and Responsibility while being the funniest chicken story you'll ever read. Once upon a time plucked chickens start appearing in every kitchen. Where do these rogue chickens come from and how did they get a peculiar attitude? No one will know until the sheriff cracks the... read more

Gone with the Wind (The Flatulent Pumpkin Series Book 4)

Rodney Evans

The New Bestseller. Something has gone horribly wrong in the magical little town of Darlinia. The teacher didn’t come back from lunch break. The kids investigate and discover that all of the adults in town are gone! Did it have something to do with the strange noises? The kids don’t think it has anything to do with the huge secrets they’ve been keeping, but could it? See how the children matur... read more

The New Bestseller. Something has gone horribly wrong in the magical little town of Darlinia. The teacher didn’t come back from lunch break. The kids investigate and discover that all of the adults in town are gone! Did it have something to do with the strange noises? The kids don’t think it has anything to do with the huge secrets they’ve been keeping, but could it? See how the children matur... read more

The Fart Who Came to Dinner (The Flatulent Pumpkin Series Book 3)

Rodney Evans

The ideal book to help young boys understand manners! The most gracious, fun and hardworking person in the world turns out to be a ten-year old boy with a teensy problem. He’s so much fun all the children want to play with him. He’s so polite and respectful all the adults want him as their child. Why can’t he hear one very special thing about him? And why doesn’t he care? Find out how he wins ... read more

The ideal book to help young boys understand manners! The most gracious, fun and hardworking person in the world turns out to be a ten-year old boy with a teensy problem. He’s so much fun all the children want to play with him. He’s so polite and respectful all the adults want him as their child. Why can’t he hear one very special thing about him? And why doesn’t he care? Find out how he wins ... read more

Johnny Big-Ears, Meets His New Neighbor Suzy(Mom's Choice Award Recipient)

John Paul Padilla

Suzy is a beautiful little girl, but she feels self-conscious about her looks because she is overweight. In her old town people teased her. Now that she has moved to a new town, she is worried she will be teased again. Suzy wishes she could be more like her happy, energetic little sister. Suzy is about to meet Johnny BIG-EARS for the first time. He will teach her that not all kids are mean. Su... read more

Suzy is a beautiful little girl, but she feels self-conscious about her looks because she is overweight. In her old town people teased her. Now that she has moved to a new town, she is worried she will be teased again. Suzy wishes she could be more like her happy, energetic little sister. Suzy is about to meet Johnny BIG-EARS for the first time. He will teach her that not all kids are mean. Su... read more

Operation Airthief

Jerry Shively

A World War II Aviation Adventure novel based upon real events. A British test pilot and a Royal Commando set out to steal a new German fighter plane which is wreaking havoc with the Raf , and could turn the tide of the war. The author knew the pilot , but such was the modesty of this fine man that he only by accident learned of this audacious plot. What evolves is a fascinating story with ele... read more

A World War II Aviation Adventure novel based upon real events. A British test pilot and a Royal Commando set out to steal a new German fighter plane which is wreaking havoc with the Raf , and could turn the tide of the war. The author knew the pilot , but such was the modesty of this fine man that he only by accident learned of this audacious plot. What evolves is a fascinating story with ele... read more

Sharing Morocco: Exotic Flavors from My Kitchen to Yours

Ruth Barnes

Bring Morocco into your kitchen with Ruth Barnes, the Petite Gourmande. In Sharing Morocco: Exotic Flavors from My Kitchen to Yours, Ruth Barnes bring to life the rich culinary history of her family's homeland while also making the cuisine accessible to the home cook. She shares her tips and techniques for preparing Moroccan classics like bastilla, lamb with apricots and prunes, and chicken wi... read more

Bring Morocco into your kitchen with Ruth Barnes, the Petite Gourmande. In Sharing Morocco: Exotic Flavors from My Kitchen to Yours, Ruth Barnes bring to life the rich culinary history of her family's homeland while also making the cuisine accessible to the home cook. She shares her tips and techniques for preparing Moroccan classics like bastilla, lamb with apricots and prunes, and chicken wi... read more

The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night

Gary Zuercher

Paris at night. Already we're expecting something special. And that's exactly what Gary Zuercher gives us in this gorgeous collection of photographs. Over a period of five years, he took his cameras out into the Parisian night to capture stunningly evocative images of the bridges that span the Seine. Using his artistic eye and sophisticated photographic technique, he created these glorious bla... read more

Paris at night. Already we're expecting something special. And that's exactly what Gary Zuercher gives us in this gorgeous collection of photographs. Over a period of five years, he took his cameras out into the Parisian night to capture stunningly evocative images of the bridges that span the Seine. Using his artistic eye and sophisticated photographic technique, he created these glorious bla... read more

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