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Michael Dunne

Michael Dunne - Editor

Rocket City, AL

A lifetime of writing, editing and proofreading helps me feel your pain. Let's discover how best to polish your work!

Overview

Greetings! First of all, thank you for considering me as a resource for your project. The detail below should provide some useful background and help you make an informed decision.

During the daytime, I continue to ply my expertise in a decades-long telecommunications career. Business and other non-fiction publications are (and have been) a constant throughout my working life. Regardless of your audience, I'm confident that my editing and proofreading skills are up to the task.

Corporately, I've prepared and delivered documents, PowerPoint presentations and other media for audiences ranging up to C-level executives and board members. On the freelance side, I'm proud to have employed my proofreading skills for Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi of One Stop For Writers fame, working on several volumes in their writing thesaurus series.

I'm also an author and freelance writer. My desire to write fiction likely found its genesis in a childhood surrounded by books as diverse as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Three Investigators, the thrillers of Dick Francis and Alistair Maclean, the Gothic romance and danger of Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca" and "Jamaica Inn," and the complex works of Ayn Rand. Spending my junior high school years in England, with plentiful side trips to Ireland and continental Europe, began a life of travel that includes more than ten years living and working in the Middle East, the setting of my debut story, "The Fire of Iblis."

Finally, I work hard to temper my OCD tendencies with just the right amount of pragmatism, which allows me to successfully balance the attention to detail required for editing and proofreading with the ability to meet client deadlines.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Fantasy Romance Science Fiction Short Story Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Freelance Proofreader/Editor

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (over 3 years)

I provide professional proofreading and copy editing services for both fiction and non-fiction authors. Most of my work over the last few years has been in the action/adventure and fantasy genres. However, I am branching out into romance for a new client.

For each project, I complete thorough grammar, spelling, punctuation and other error checks. As needed by the client, I can (and do) offer rewrite suggestions, thoughts on continuity improvement, fact-checking (depending on genre), and a final, critical eye, which is crucial to presenting my client's writing products in the best possible light.

I am proud to work regularly with Gryphonwood Press, and I am delighted to be part of the team that recently expanded the Writing Thesaurus library authored by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Atlantis: A Dane Maddock Adventure (Dane Maddock Adventures Book 6)

David Wood

What is the true story behind the fabled lost continent of Atlantis, and what power did the Atlanteans wield? When archaeologist Sofia Perez unearths the remains of an Atlantean city, she unwittingly gives the Dominion the power to remake the world after its own design. From the depths of the Caribbean to the streets of Paris, to Japanese islands and beyond, Join former Navy SEALs turned treas... read more

What is the true story behind the fabled lost continent of Atlantis, and what power did the Atlanteans wield? When archaeologist Sofia Perez unearths the remains of an Atlantean city, she unwittingly gives the Dominion the power to remake the world after its own design. From the depths of the Caribbean to the streets of Paris, to Japanese islands and beyond, Join former Navy SEALs turned treas... read more

Dead Ice: A Dane and Bones Origins Story (The Dane And Bones Origins Series Book 4)

David Wood, Steven Savile

From the bestselling authors of Atlantis and Silver!Navy SEAL Dane Maddock leads a team of operatives in a race against Russian Spetznaz agents to find a lost nuclear submarine and recover a threat known only as Romanov’s Bane, but the frozen wasteland of Wrangel Island is home to more than enemy soldiers. Soon, Dane and Bones find themselves face-to-face with dangers thought long extinct. Joi... read more

From the bestselling authors of Atlantis and Silver!Navy SEAL Dane Maddock leads a team of operatives in a race against Russian Spetznaz agents to find a lost nuclear submarine and recover a threat known only as Romanov’s Bane, but the frozen wasteland of Wrangel Island is home to more than enemy soldiers. Soon, Dane and Bones find themselves face-to-face with dangers thought long extinct. Joi... read more

Oracle: A Jade Ihara Adventure (Jade Ihara Adventures Book 1)

David Wood, Sean Ellis

Sometimes, knowing the future is not enough…. For more than a millennium, the Oracle of Delphi guided kings and conquerors with stunningly accurate visions of the future. But, with the rise of a new God, the Oracle faded from memory. Now, the power of the Oracle is about change the world once more. While excavating a previously uncharted passage beneath the ancient city of Teotihuacan, archaeo... read more

Sometimes, knowing the future is not enough…. For more than a millennium, the Oracle of Delphi guided kings and conquerors with stunningly accurate visions of the future. But, with the rise of a new God, the Oracle faded from memory. Now, the power of the Oracle is about change the world once more. While excavating a previously uncharted passage beneath the ancient city of Teotihuacan, archaeo... read more

Electra: A Dane and Bones Origins Story (The Dane And Bones Origins Series Book 6)

David Wood, Rick Chesler

1937- Amelia Earhart vanishes somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, giving rise to one of history's most confounding puzzles.When searchers believe they have found the location of Earhart's crash-landing, Navy SEALs Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake are sent on a covert mission to locate Earhart's crashed Electra aircraft and recover its contents. But nothing is ever easy for Dane and Bones, and th... read more

1937- Amelia Earhart vanishes somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, giving rise to one of history's most confounding puzzles.When searchers believe they have found the location of Earhart's crash-landing, Navy SEALs Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake are sent on a covert mission to locate Earhart's crashed Electra aircraft and recover its contents. But nothing is ever easy for Dane and Bones, and th... read more

Soul Forge: A First Civilization's Legacy Novel

Terry W. Ervin II

Young Enchantress Thereese lays stricken and silent, her vital essence sapped by the Shard Staff, edging ever closer toward death. Supreme Enchantress Thulease refuses to allow her daughter to fade beyond recovery.To that end, Enchantress Thulease recruits Mercenary Flank Hawk to accompany her as she seeks the legendary Sleeping Sage, and confronts the secretive Svartálfar, known only for thei... read more

Young Enchantress Thereese lays stricken and silent, her vital essence sapped by the Shard Staff, edging ever closer toward death. Supreme Enchantress Thulease refuses to allow her daughter to fade beyond recovery.To that end, Enchantress Thulease recruits Mercenary Flank Hawk to accompany her as she seeks the legendary Sleeping Sage, and confronts the secretive Svartálfar, known only for thei... read more

Descendant: A Mira Raiden Adventure (Dark Trinity Book 2)

Sean Ellis

Death is not the end…The mission is simple. The Trinity—a mysterious device found in the tomb of a forgotten Atlantean king—has been stolen, and it’s up to Captain Eric Collier and his elite team of Navy SEALs to recover the artifact, or destroy it. But the first rule of battle is that nothing ever goes as planned.Restored to life by the Trinity itself, Collier is given a new mission: Unite th... read more

Death is not the end…The mission is simple. The Trinity—a mysterious device found in the tomb of a forgotten Atlantean king—has been stolen, and it’s up to Captain Eric Collier and his elite team of Navy SEALs to recover the artifact, or destroy it. But the first rule of battle is that nothing ever goes as planned.Restored to life by the Trinity itself, Collier is given a new mission: Unite th... read more

The Silver Serpent (The Absent Gods Book 1)

David Debord

The frost creeps again... Centuries ago, the land of Gameryah was saved from the forces of the Ice King by the Silver Serpent. Now the frost marches again and three young villagers set off on a perilous quest to recover the legendary weapon. Taught the sword from childhood, Shanis Malan's only dream is to be a soldier, but a woman cannot join the Galdoran army. She thinks her dream has come tr... read more

The frost creeps again... Centuries ago, the land of Gameryah was saved from the forces of the Ice King by the Silver Serpent. Now the frost marches again and three young villagers set off on a perilous quest to recover the legendary weapon. Taught the sword from childhood, Shanis Malan's only dream is to be a soldier, but a woman cannot join the Galdoran army. She thinks her dream has come tr... read more

The Impostor Prince

David Debord, Ryan A. Span

From gutter to glory!Killing a man in the heat of the moment, violating a sacred peace among the criminals of Ralon's Bend, a young thief called Joren sets off a chain of events he could never have imagined. Banished from his home. Caught up in the political intrigue of nations. Wandering the world with his friend Mattal, the only witness to Joren's crime, trying to fix the mess he caused.The ... read more

From gutter to glory!Killing a man in the heat of the moment, violating a sacred peace among the criminals of Ralon's Bend, a young thief called Joren sets off a chain of events he could never have imagined. Banished from his home. Caught up in the political intrigue of nations. Wandering the world with his friend Mattal, the only witness to Joren's crime, trying to fix the mess he caused.The ... read more

The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to City Spaces

Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi

Making readers care and feel like they’re part of the story should be the number one goal of all writers. Ironically, many storytellers fail to maximize one of fiction’s most powerful elements to achieve this: the setting. Rather than being a simple backdrop against which events unfold, every location has the potential to become a conduit for conveying emotion, characterizing the cast, providi... read more

Making readers care and feel like they’re part of the story should be the number one goal of all writers. Ironically, many storytellers fail to maximize one of fiction’s most powerful elements to achieve this: the setting. Rather than being a simple backdrop against which events unfold, every location has the potential to become a conduit for conveying emotion, characterizing the cast, providi... read more

The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Personal and Natural Places

Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi

Within the pages of a book exists a world drawn from a writer’s deepest imaginings, one that has the ability to pull readers in on a visceral level. But the audience’s fascination will only last if the writer can describe this vibrant realm and its inhabitants well. The setting achieves this by offering readers a unique sensory experience. So much more than stage dressing, the setting can buil... read more

Within the pages of a book exists a world drawn from a writer’s deepest imaginings, one that has the ability to pull readers in on a visceral level. But the audience’s fascination will only last if the writer can describe this vibrant realm and its inhabitants well. The setting achieves this by offering readers a unique sensory experience. So much more than stage dressing, the setting can buil... read more

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