Nell McPherson

Nell McPherson – Editor

From bestselling business titles to novels and short story collections, I've helped authors polish their prose for over a decade.

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
Together we'll ensure that all your ideas are fully fleshed out and well organized with your audience in mind. I'd also love to discuss any particular concerns you may have about your work. I'll take in the big picture so I can make recommendations about clarity, voice, linguistic flow, and any inconsistencies or repetition of content. Then I'll dive into the details to ensure correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation as well as consistent formatting and adherence to the style guide of your choice.

Novel Authors
My affinity for detail helps me pick up on any big-picture issues, such as weak structure, inconsistencies, or loose ends, as well as the more minute details, such as superfluous descriptions that need tightening up. I can make suggestions for further developing characters, clarifying scenes, bringing settings to life, and balancing description with dialogue. I can also provide feedback on the themes I see emerging in your work. Finally, I can ensure that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are spot on.


In addition to my editing work, I've also written real estate investing content as a freelance writer for The Motley Fool. I feel that sitting on both sides of the writing table has given me a broader perspective on the craft and a greater depth that I bring to my work with my clients. 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
Fiction
Action & Adventure Literary Fiction
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing Inspirational Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Callisto Media

Jul, 2014 — Present

Edit cookbooks, general interest titles, and workout books.

The American University in Cairo Press

Sep, 2013 — Present

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

Amnet Publishing

Jun, 2011 — Jul, 2015 (about 4 years)

Edited novels as well as nonfiction titles.

Karen Leland, Sterling Marketing Group

Nov, 2008 — Present

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

Portfolio

Learn to be Your Own Therapist in 7 WeeksGetting through depression and anxiety requires changing the way you think. Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks does just that. Offering a simple and practical plan that anyone can follow, this i... 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. Kare... read more
SELF is a powerful voice adding to our personal world, offering a unique and embodied wisdom that reveals the power of our words and how we can open or close our relationships through their use. Offering each person a path to be authentic and grounded in a way... read more
A fundamental paradigm shift has occurred in marketing and branding. Today the most successful CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs and enterprises set their sites on developing a long-term platform instead of a short-term strategy that supports and builds buzz for... 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... 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 f... 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... read more
A loving husband finds his life cut tragically short. A lovelorn schoolteacher finds unexpected passion in the 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... read more
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 ... 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 toda... read more
The Ambitious Crafter’s Guide to a Profitable Etsy ShopMore 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 authent... 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 ... 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 ... 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-... 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 ... read more

Nell has 4 reviews

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Jean Bertrand D.

Jean Bertrand D.

Mar, 2024

Going through this process is my first time and Nell made it so easy. She was very responsive and a great communicator. Her feedback was specific and helpful. I would work with her again anytime!
Nell M.
Thanks so much for the lovely review, J.B.! I enjoyed your project, and you were fantastic to work with!
Marisol P.

Marisol P.

Dec, 2017

Awesome, would use her services again. Thank you so much!
James J.

James J.

Sep, 2017

Nell is extremely talented and professional. Her communication was always on time and she met every deadline that she outlined. The improvements she suggested were always spot on with very good insight as to what the reader would be thinking and what they would need clarification on. It was a pleasure to work with her.
Lee S.

Lee S.

Apr, 2017

Nell does excellent, accurate work. It's a big deal to trust someone with your book, but I trust her judgment. Highly recommended! Looking forward to the next collaboration.

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