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Nell McPherson

Nell McPherson - Editor

Jacksonville, FL, United States

From bestselling nonfiction and cookbooks to self-published novels, I've helped authors polish and perfect their work for over 8 years.

Overview

Hello. I'm so glad you've stopped by to peruse my profile! Allow me to give you a brief overview of what I can do for you:


Nonfiction Authors
Not only will I dive into the details to ensure correct grammar and spelling as well as consistent formatting and adherence to the style guide of your choice, I'll take in the big picture so I can make recommendations about clarity, linguistic flow, and any inconsistencies or repetition of content.

Novel Authors
I'll begin by making sure your grammar and spelling are spot on, the obvious exception being characters who aren't supposed to have perfect grammar. And speaking of dialect, with a mother and father from South Carolina and Mississippi, respectively, I have an expert-level understanding of how to make a Southern accent completely genuine without overdoing it--an art lost in many novels. My affinity for detail also helps me pick up on any inconsistencies or loose ends as well as superfluous descriptions that need tightening up.

Cookbook Authors
In addition to editing for grammar, spelling, clarity, tone and formatting consistency, and adherence to any style guides you're using, I'll ensure the accuracy of your cookbook's ingredient lists, pantry lists, weekly shopping lists, and recipe allergen information and verify the completeness, style, order, and logic of recipe instructions, headnotes, and tips. I can also recommend any areas of your book that might benefit from how-to illustrations.


I hope you'll reach out so we can work together to make sure the project you've worked so hard on is the very best it can be.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Children's - Middle Grade Christian Fantasy Inspirational Literature Science Fiction Short Story
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Economics Health & wellbeing History

Work experience

Freelance Copy Editor

Callisto Media

July, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

Edit cookbooks, general interest titles, and workout books.

Freelance Copy Editor and Proofreader

The American University in Cairo Press

September, 2013 – Present (over 3 years)

Edit and proofread the English translations of Arabic novels as well as academic manuscripts.

Freelance Developmental Editor

Amnet Publishing

June, 2011 – July, 2015 (about 4 years)

Edited novels as well as nonfiction titles.

Freelance Copy Editor

Karen Leland, Sterling Marketing Group

November, 2008 – Present (about 8 years)

Edit nonfiction books, newsletters, web copy, marketing materials, and presentations.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business (Ultimate Series)

Karen Leland

With 4,000 percent growth in just six months, 17 million users, and a record for more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn combined, Pinterest delivers an unbelievable opportunity for marketers . . . if they know how to effectively use it. Karen Leland acquaints business owners with the newest social media kid on the block. She covers: the ins and outs of signing up and getting... read more

With 4,000 percent growth in just six months, 17 million users, and a record for more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn combined, Pinterest delivers an unbelievable opportunity for marketers . . . if they know how to effectively use it. Karen Leland acquaints business owners with the newest social media kid on the block. She covers: the ins and outs of signing up and getting... read more

Sushi at Home: A Mat-to-Table Sushi Cookbook

Rockridge Press

Eating Sushi is Easy. Making Sushi is Even Easier. Let your love of sushi inspire you to prepare and enjoy it in your home. This beautiful guide and cookbook opens a window to everything that’s so fascinating—and intimidating—about sushi, while laying out easy-to-follow tips and techniques to help sushi lovers become confident sushi chefs. In Japan, sushi is often made by home cooks and served... read more

Eating Sushi is Easy. Making Sushi is Even Easier. Let your love of sushi inspire you to prepare and enjoy it in your home. This beautiful guide and cookbook opens a window to everything that’s so fascinating—and intimidating—about sushi, while laying out easy-to-follow tips and techniques to help sushi lovers become confident sushi chefs. In Japan, sushi is often made by home cooks and served... read more

Tigress - The Making of an Enemy Agent

Mark Davis

When a critical mission goes horribly wrong, leaving one agent dead and Sara injured, she must rely on an intricate network of operatives and sympathizers to help her get away. Pitched headlong into a treacherous journey that could take her life, Sara manages to escape—only to face the scrutiny of an intensive interrogation and a military tribunal when she gets home. Set in the American Pacifi... read more

When a critical mission goes horribly wrong, leaving one agent dead and Sara injured, she must rely on an intricate network of operatives and sympathizers to help her get away. Pitched headlong into a treacherous journey that could take her life, Sara manages to escape—only to face the scrutiny of an intensive interrogation and a military tribunal when she gets home. Set in the American Pacifi... read more

Door-to-Door Millionaire: Secrets of Making the Sale

Lenny Gray

Door-to-Door Millionaire: Secrets of Making the Sale contains proven sales methods that work in the harshest sales environments and can benefit readers in any walk of life. With expert techniques that can improve sales and communication skills of everyone from Fortune 500 sales professionals to strip mall shoes salesmen, this guide teaches readers how to recognize vital nonverbal clues, how to... read more

Door-to-Door Millionaire: Secrets of Making the Sale contains proven sales methods that work in the harshest sales environments and can benefit readers in any walk of life. With expert techniques that can improve sales and communication skills of everyone from Fortune 500 sales professionals to strip mall shoes salesmen, this guide teaches readers how to recognize vital nonverbal clues, how to... read more

Paleo in 28: 4 Weeks, 5 Ingredients, 130 Recipes

Kenzie Swanhart

Kenzie Swanhart knows firsthand just how hard it can be to introduce a Paleo diet into your hectic routine. In Paleo in 28, she teaches you that it takes only five ingredients, plus a few basic pantry staples, to create mouthwatering Paleo recipes for today and everyday. Making the transition to Paleo has never been easier with this effortless guide, which boasts: • A flexible 28-day meal plan... read more

Kenzie Swanhart knows firsthand just how hard it can be to introduce a Paleo diet into your hectic routine. In Paleo in 28, she teaches you that it takes only five ingredients, plus a few basic pantry staples, to create mouthwatering Paleo recipes for today and everyday. Making the transition to Paleo has never been easier with this effortless guide, which boasts: • A flexible 28-day meal plan... read more

Etsy Excellence: The Simple Guide to Creating a Thriving Etsy Business

Tycho Press

The Ambitious Crafter’s Guide to a Profitable Etsy Shop More than a marketplace, Etsy is a community—and being an active, informed member can lead to lucrative results. This book provides actionable steps to help shop owners engage the Etsy community in authentic ways that attract buyers and generate sales. The best Etsy shops stand out among the sea of sellers and draw loyal customer bases, b... read more

The Ambitious Crafter’s Guide to a Profitable Etsy Shop More than a marketplace, Etsy is a community—and being an active, informed member can lead to lucrative results. This book provides actionable steps to help shop owners engage the Etsy community in authentic ways that attract buyers and generate sales. The best Etsy shops stand out among the sea of sellers and draw loyal customer bases, b... read more

Hashimoto's Cookbook and Action Plan: 31 Days to Eliminate Toxins and Restore Thyroid Health Through Diet

Karen Frazier

The Groundbreaking Cookbook for Hashimoto'sThis is the first cookbook specifically for people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, despite the fact that Hashimoto's is the most common thyroid disease in the United States and affects nearly 14 million Americans. Karen Frazier has been living with Hashimoto's for more than 20 years. She knows firsthand how hard it is to give up gluten, corn, soy, and d... read more

The Groundbreaking Cookbook for Hashimoto'sThis is the first cookbook specifically for people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, despite the fact that Hashimoto's is the most common thyroid disease in the United States and affects nearly 14 million Americans. Karen Frazier has been living with Hashimoto's for more than 20 years. She knows firsthand how hard it is to give up gluten, corn, soy, and d... read more

Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology: 1: From Antiquity to 1881

Jason Thompson

The discovery of ancient Egypt and the development of Egyptology are momentous events in intellectual and cultural history. The history of Egyptology is the story of the people, famous and obscure, who constructed the picture of ancient Egypt that we have today, recovered the Egyptian past while inventing it anew, and made a lost civilization comprehensible to generations of enchanted readers ... read more

The discovery of ancient Egypt and the development of Egyptology are momentous events in intellectual and cultural history. The history of Egyptology is the story of the people, famous and obscure, who constructed the picture of ancient Egypt that we have today, recovered the Egyptian past while inventing it anew, and made a lost civilization comprehensible to generations of enchanted readers ... read more

Stanlin and Sylvia

Cynthia Hey

A novel for teens and adults who like fantasy/sci-fi with a tinge of horror. Multiple plots are entwined: A deranged killer is destined to spread a lethal pandemic; a child is kidnapped; and Stanlin, a teenage alien from planet Capton, falls for an Earth girl named Sylvia, and tries to save her and Earth from impending doom. See how all of their lives interplay to form Earth's destiny...

A novel for teens and adults who like fantasy/sci-fi with a tinge of horror. Multiple plots are entwined: A deranged killer is destined to spread a lethal pandemic; a child is kidnapped; and Stanlin, a teenage alien from planet Capton, falls for an Earth girl named Sylvia, and tries to save her and Earth from impending doom. See how all of their lives interplay to form Earth's destiny...

The Complete Slow Cooking for Two: A Perfectly Portioned Slow Cooker Cookbook

LInda Larsen

Two People, One Appliance, No Freezer Full of LeftoversTwosomes who share a kitchen—but not the desire to spend all day in it—face a quandary: buy cheap but unhealthy takeout or sink time into preparing whole foods meals that they’re likely to end up eating for days and days. With this cookbook, a third option is now on the table—er, countertop: good-for-you slow cooker meals that save hours a... read more

Two People, One Appliance, No Freezer Full of LeftoversTwosomes who share a kitchen—but not the desire to spend all day in it—face a quandary: buy cheap but unhealthy takeout or sink time into preparing whole foods meals that they’re likely to end up eating for days and days. With this cookbook, a third option is now on the table—er, countertop: good-for-you slow cooker meals that save hours a... read more

Dreams From the Heart: Tales of Hope & Love

C.R. Sturgill

A loving husband finds his life cut tragically short. A lovelorn schoolteacher finds unexpected passion in stories she “red-pens.” A down-and-out writer takes a chance on a dream. With humor, heart, and beautifully crafted prose, Dreams From the Heart is a collection of short stories by C.R. Sturgill that offers a fresh male perspective on love, romance, family, and hope. Anyone who has been i... read more

A loving husband finds his life cut tragically short. A lovelorn schoolteacher finds unexpected passion in stories she “red-pens.” A down-and-out writer takes a chance on a dream. With humor, heart, and beautifully crafted prose, Dreams From the Heart is a collection of short stories by C.R. Sturgill that offers a fresh male perspective on love, romance, family, and hope. Anyone who has been i... read more

The Magic of Circles: A Math Adventure

Gail Larson

Are you ready to help a young child foster a lifetime love of math? Just introduce him or her to The Magic of Circles! Math teacher and mom Gail Larson has dreamed up the perfect entree to math for children ages two- to five-years old. The Magic of Circles is a lively zoo adventure that shows them how fun figures and shapes can be. This inventive, delightful children’s book is conceived to dev... read more

Are you ready to help a young child foster a lifetime love of math? Just introduce him or her to The Magic of Circles! Math teacher and mom Gail Larson has dreamed up the perfect entree to math for children ages two- to five-years old. The Magic of Circles is a lively zoo adventure that shows them how fun figures and shapes can be. This inventive, delightful children’s book is conceived to dev... read more

How Abad and Shamar Became Gardeners

Jeff Wild

Abad and Shamar are garden smart! They know all about gardening, from when to plant seeds to the amount of water to give any plant. But these two gardeners didn’t always tend to the earth. They used to be scarecrows! Find out just how they magically changed in How Abad and Shamar Became Gardeners, the delightful, illustrated children’s book that teaches young readers and adults alike how to ma... read more

Abad and Shamar are garden smart! They know all about gardening, from when to plant seeds to the amount of water to give any plant. But these two gardeners didn’t always tend to the earth. They used to be scarecrows! Find out just how they magically changed in How Abad and Shamar Became Gardeners, the delightful, illustrated children’s book that teaches young readers and adults alike how to ma... read more

Verses in Red

J. W. Berry

Young and beautiful, Ann Gonzales has fallen in love with the dashing young parish priest in her small New Mexican town. They consummate their love for each other resulting in Ann becoming pregnant. Enraged by Father Andrews’ violation of his daughter, Ann’s father seeks justice from the powerful Catholic Bishop Coro in Santa Fe. During an emotionally charged confrontation between Ann and Bish... read more

Young and beautiful, Ann Gonzales has fallen in love with the dashing young parish priest in her small New Mexican town. They consummate their love for each other resulting in Ann becoming pregnant. Enraged by Father Andrews’ violation of his daughter, Ann’s father seeks justice from the powerful Catholic Bishop Coro in Santa Fe. During an emotionally charged confrontation between Ann and Bish... read more

Essential Spices and Herbs: Discover Them, Understand Them, Enjoy Them

Rockridge Press, Christina Nichol

50 Herbs and Spices That Will Transform the Way You Cook The key to becoming a skilled home cook isn’t about tracking down the perfect recipes or mastering the techniques of professional chefs. It lies in understanding the vast world of flavor, one that can be difficult to navigate. Essential Spices and Herbs introduces you to the 50 must-know herbs and spices that will take your cooking to th... read more

50 Herbs and Spices That Will Transform the Way You Cook The key to becoming a skilled home cook isn’t about tracking down the perfect recipes or mastering the techniques of professional chefs. It lies in understanding the vast world of flavor, one that can be difficult to navigate. Essential Spices and Herbs introduces you to the 50 must-know herbs and spices that will take your cooking to th... read more

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