Nell McPherson

Nell McPherson - Editor

Jacksonville, FL, United States

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

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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.


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.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Christian Fiction
Fantasy
Literary Fiction
Science Fiction
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Economics
Health & wellbeing
Inspirational
Humanities & Social Sciences
History
Children's
Middle Grade

Work experience

Freelance Copy Editor

Callisto Media
July, 2014 – Present (over 5 years)

Edit cookbooks, general interest titles, and workout books.

Freelance Copy Editor and Proofreader

The American University in Cairo Press
September, 2013 – Present (about 6 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 11 years)

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

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Brand Mapping Strategy: Design, Build, and Accelerate Your Brand

Karen Leland

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 their personal or business brand. That’s really the key to the new business mindset — the recognition that branding and marketing are a... 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 their personal or business brand. That’s really the key to the new business mindset — the recognition that branding and marketing are a... read more

SELF The Vast World Behind Your Words

Joel B Kimmel

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 that opens the door to a life they can be proud to live, you are taken on an unfolding dialogue. With new perspectives and insight, the... 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 that opens the door to a life they can be proud to live, you are taken on an unfolding dialogue. With new perspectives and insight, the... read more

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

Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety

Seth J. Gillihan PhD

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 interactive workbook teaches you cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—an extremely effective approach to managing anxiety and depression.Th... read more

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 interactive workbook teaches you cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—an extremely effective approach to managing anxiety and depression.Th... 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

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 a... 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 a... 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

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

Tycho Press

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 authentic ways that attract buyers and generate sales. The best Etsy shops stand out among the sea of sellers and draw loyal customer bases, bu... 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 authentic ways that attract buyers and generate sales. The best Etsy shops stand out among the sea of sellers and draw loyal customer bases, bu... 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...

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 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 collection of nineteen short stories by C. R. Sturgill that offers a fresh male perspective on love, romance, family, and hope. Anyone ... 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 collection of nineteen short stories by C. R. Sturgill that offers a fresh male perspective on love, romance, family, and hope. Anyone ... 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

Nell has 3 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Marisol Pareja
Awesome, would use her services again. Thank you so much!

Marisol Pareja, December 2017


James Jewell
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.

James Jewell, September 2017


Lee Schneider
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.

Lee Schneider, April 2017

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Quick and efficient proofreader with experience of all genres, lengths and budgets. Likes whisky.

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