Michelle Schacht

Michelle Schacht – Editor

Copy Editor and Developmental Editor who loves coaching authors to maximize their books. Experience - Xulon Press Christian Publishing.

Overview

I've offered my book editing and writing services since 2010. My joy is in helping authors craft their books into personal works of art, making my talents theirs. My life has revolved around words since I learned to read at three years old, and I have yet to find a bookstore or library I haven’t liked. Why do I share this? Because when you have exposed yourself to countless forms of writing and played with words for as many years as I have, it becomes as natural as breathing to manipulate them into doing your bidding.

I love working with first-time authors. It allows me to share my knowledge of self-publishing and the psychology of how consumers consider books. I enjoy the aspects of author coaching that are part of developmental and copy edits. I put my heart into the books I edit as if they are my own.

For background, I am also the managing editor for an Orlando editing house, and I have six years' experience with Xulon Press, the largest Christian self-publishing company in the nation. I'm highly experienced in non-fiction and fiction Christian books, but am not limited to that genre. Self-help, autobiographies, and parenting books are ones I edit frequently.

I am a self-published author myself, so I know how hard it is to birth your book. Let me leave you with this -- YOU CAN DO IT!

Testimonials

Dr. John Maples – Faithful Families Today: Instilling Spirituality in Your Family

Services – Author Coaching for development of book; Developmental Editing; Publishing Coordinator with his publisher, Xulon Press; managing all aspects of getting the book produced for print; managing his email marketing.

"Michelle, I absolutely love the way you edit! There is not even one tiny aspect of your excellent work that I do not fully appreciate. I love your experience, your expertise, your astute capture of my message, your precision, your full measure of competence. It comes across clearly and repeatedly! And, more, I love the way you enjoy the process. "


Dean Nelson – Beyond the Threshold: Simple Transformational Techniques to Awaken Your Potential (his third book)

Services – Heavy Developmental Editing

"Michelle is brilliant! She did an outstanding job editing my latest book, Beyond The Threshold. She encouraged and motivated me to dig deeper and create more meaningful, easy to understand passages. She inspired me greatly and helped bring out the very best of my writing skills. Michelle is the most talented, intuitive editor I have worked with. She will be the only editor I consider for my future books. Thank you, Michelle, for guiding and directing me with such precision, for making my book far better than it would have been, and for believing in me."


Don Newman –Don't Just Speak It, Write It

Services – Line Editing, co-creation

"I want to thank Michelle who has been a co-creator and editor for both of my first two books. She worked tirelessly on this book, Don't Just Speak It, Write It, like it was her own and actually added the appendix at the end of the book to further help every ministry leader write and finish their own books."

Services
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Non-Fiction
Christian Non-Fiction Parenting & Families Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Reedsy Top 200

Work experience

Self-employed

Jun, 2010 — Present

Word of Mouth offers an affordable range of writing, editing, career-focused, and business marketing services.

• Book Editing
• Author Coaching
• Self-Publishing Support
• Book Reviews
• College Admissions Essay Coaching
• Student Papers, College Thesis Editing
• Professional Resume Writing
• Website Content
• Business and Personal Marketing Materials
• Business Marketing Strategy and Development

The Ghost Publishing

May, 2019 — Feb, 2023 (almost 4 years)

Accept and assign all editing projects from client publishing companies, monitoring jobs from start to finish.
Quality control edited manuscripts before sending back to clients. Provide feedback to editors on jobs completed.
Manage workflow, complete billing, and continuously train editors.

Xulon Press Publishing

Jun, 2018 — Apr, 2019 (10 months)

Oversaw the work of department editors, holding them to in-house quality standards.
Established Xulon Style Guide for editorial freelancers. Educated all providers on editorial products and expectations for fulfillment.
Revised/created author education pieces regarding editing basics.

Portfolio

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Oak Street Series

Karen, LM

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing Book Coaching
Copy Editing
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Tragic Journey: Believe

Wood, Dana

Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
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Grandma's Favorite Sundae

Grantham, Dawn

Proofreading
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Entering the Zone: Helena

James, Barbara

Developmental Editing
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Eagle Instincts: The 7 Laws Every Leader Knows

McClain, Dallas Gates

Developmental Editing
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The Fight of a Warrior

Charles Barben

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
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Dare Not Desire

Luketic, Shenlee

Developmental Editing Book Coaching
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Smashing the Friend Zone: Natasha

James, Barbara

Developmental Editing
Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
Wonderland of Secrets

Januszewski, Nancy Brown

Developmental Editing
The Miracle of Music

Finnegan, Jeannie M

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing Book Coaching
The Ghost of Alloway

Weis, Rosemary

Copy Editing Book Coaching

Michelle has 31 reviews

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JR B.

JR B.

Feb, 2024

Michelle is great. I had no idea on what to do, what to write or in what direction to go. She worked with me tirelessly and gave me more than I asked for. A great resource and I highly recommend her.
Michelle S.
Thank you, JR! I enjoyed our work together too.
Michael B.

Michael B.

Jan, 2024

Michelle is a literary star. She really can hone in on a manuscript's theme and intuitively direct your attention and chisel away at what's not needed. A great editor!! And she is also fast and very easy to work with.
Michelle S.
I've enjoyed our work together. I'm always here to help!
James K.

James K.

Jan, 2024

Michelle provided excellent services. She went above and beyond by even reviewing the manuscript. Her insights and contributions will better my work. I've had multiple sets of eyes read my manuscript...I wish that I had had her contributions earlier. Thanks, Michelle!
Michelle S.
I am so glad to be part of making your book a success.
Robert E.

Robert E.

Nov, 2023

Above and beyond... highly recommend!
Michelle S.
Thank you, Robert. I look forward to helping further develop your series in the future.
Tiffany G.

Tiffany G.

Oct, 2023

I love working with Michelle. She is efficient, responsive and very flexible. Her insight is also extremely thorough and detailed. Another great experience!
Michelle S.
Looking forward to our next project together! This series is so wonderful.

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