Rachelle M. N. Shaw

Rachelle M. N. Shaw - Editor

Pennsylvania

Independent editor and professional writer with nearly a decade of experience and a knack for finding things that others miss.

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Overview

I'm a professional writer and editor who is passionate about helping authors hone their craft and find their voice. Others have described my editing services as thorough and educational.

I offer a wide range of services from basic copy and line editing to structural and light developmental editing. With nearly a decade of experience in the industry, I've held positions as a technical writer, independent editor, graphic designer, and more. I specialize in fantasy and paranormal works of fiction but am not limited to those areas. I have a knack for detail and can find errors that others miss. My primary goal is to polish your manuscript without changing your style or voice. Your writing is unique and should be enhanced, not written over. You call the final shots.

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Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Fantasy
Horror
Science Fiction
Short Story
Thriller
Urban Fantasy
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Publishing

Certifications

  • BA in professional writing (Purdue 2008)

Work experience

Graphic Designer and Copyeditor

The Corner Club Press
September, 2013 – January, 2015 (over 1 year)

I worked as the layout artist for the CCP literary magazine, organizing both the content and design elements that went into each issue. I created the graphic elements within the issues and designed the cover for each. I also was their copyeditor; I oversaw the final edits for each bio and short story that went into the issue and made the necessary grammatical and punctuation corrections before formatting them. I created a template for the magazine and served as their overall layout artist.

Professional Writer and Editor

Self-employed
October, 2011 – Present (about 7 years)

During my time as an independent editor, I've worked with both published and unpublished authors on manuscripts, short stories, poetry, essays, résumés, synopses, and more. I specialize in copy and line editing, but my most popular services include developmental editing, full manuscript coaching, and one-on-one workshops. I've also served as a beta reader for many friends and fellow writers. I hold a degree in professional writing from Purdue University, and I have a background in design. I am well versed in Photoshop, InDesign, Scrivener, and the Microsoft Office suite. I use the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, for all my edits.

Technical Writer

Teleflex
June, 2010 – April, 2011 (10 months)

I worked as a technical writer and data analyst for Teleflex, a medical supply company. My duties included editing company documents, recording meeting minutes, analyzing data and creating charts from them, managing projects, writing software tutorials, and handling Engineering Change Orders, or ECOs. I quit my position to be a stay-at-home mom and to pursue work as an independent editor.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Detached: I Hope All of Your Flowers Turn Into Beautiful People

Tanner Lutheran

In this vivid, ever-changing literary fiction, characters come to life as Zachary Byrd runs from a tragic accident and aimlessly sets off across the country. Not long after hitting the road, he gets lost but quickly finds himself in the middle of someone else's tribulations. To Zachary, his journey is an eye for an eye-to save one life and make up for one life and make up for another he may ha... read more

In this vivid, ever-changing literary fiction, characters come to life as Zachary Byrd runs from a tragic accident and aimlessly sets off across the country. Not long after hitting the road, he gets lost but quickly finds himself in the middle of someone else's tribulations. To Zachary, his journey is an eye for an eye-to save one life and make up for one life and make up for another he may ha... read more

The Madder Boys (The Madder Series Book 3)

Cassandra Kemper

Ten years before Alice returns to Wonderland and to the Madder Hatter, she is a broken soul who comes across some oddly adventurous children...Slightly is five years old and alone when he joins the Lost Ones, a group of boys who don't remember their pasts as well as Slightly remembers his own. But while trying to accept his new family and forget his old one, supernatural dangers lurk in the wo... read more

Ten years before Alice returns to Wonderland and to the Madder Hatter, she is a broken soul who comes across some oddly adventurous children...Slightly is five years old and alone when he joins the Lost Ones, a group of boys who don't remember their pasts as well as Slightly remembers his own. But while trying to accept his new family and forget his old one, supernatural dangers lurk in the wo... read more

The Madder Hatter: Based off of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There" (The Madder Series Book 1)

Cassandra Kemper

"Fans of TV drama series `Once Upon A Time' will LOVE this!"- Lucinda (from Amazon.com)Still haunted by Alice’s disappearance over twenty years later, Abner is an unpleasant moody adult. He despises everything that is even remotely mad, including his late father, the Mad Hatter. Abner doesn’t take the insane asylums in the Kingdom of Hearts seriously. However, when the queen deems him “evilly”... read more

"Fans of TV drama series `Once Upon A Time' will LOVE this!"- Lucinda (from Amazon.com)Still haunted by Alice’s disappearance over twenty years later, Abner is an unpleasant moody adult. He despises everything that is even remotely mad, including his late father, the Mad Hatter. Abner doesn’t take the insane asylums in the Kingdom of Hearts seriously. However, when the queen deems him “evilly”... read more

The Quest for the Holy Something or Other

Kylie Betzner

Enter the Realm of Camelot, home of famous legends: King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and Merlin—but this isn’t their story. Meet Pig, a humble gong farmer who dreams of the glories of Camelot. Her dreams become reality–or so she thinks–when she becomes Sir Kay’s page. What starts off as a joke soon becomes the adventure of Pig’s life when Merlin sends the knights on a quest for the Holy Gift Box–er–... read more

Enter the Realm of Camelot, home of famous legends: King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and Merlin—but this isn’t their story. Meet Pig, a humble gong farmer who dreams of the glories of Camelot. Her dreams become reality–or so she thinks–when she becomes Sir Kay’s page. What starts off as a joke soon becomes the adventure of Pig’s life when Merlin sends the knights on a quest for the Holy Gift Box–er–... read more

The Wizard's Gambit (The Six—Er—Seven Kingdoms Book 1)

Kylie Betzner

Wizard White Beard had a plan, but destiny had something else in mind . . . After 1,001 years of hostilities among the six—er—seven kingdoms, Wizard White Beard proposes a non-violent alternative to war—a scavenger hunt—to determine the fate of all! The rules are clear: no weapons and no bloodshed. Just clean, honest competition. Simple enough, if only the contestants would follow them. With t... read more

Wizard White Beard had a plan, but destiny had something else in mind . . . After 1,001 years of hostilities among the six—er—seven kingdoms, Wizard White Beard proposes a non-violent alternative to war—a scavenger hunt—to determine the fate of all! The rules are clear: no weapons and no bloodshed. Just clean, honest competition. Simple enough, if only the contestants would follow them. With t... read more

The Wizard's Apprentice (The Six—Er—Seven Kingdoms) (Volume 2)

Kylie Betzner

One year after winning Wizard White Beard’s competition, Mongrel’s still adjusting to his new role as king with the help—or rather hindrance—of his uncle, friends, and so-called allies. Tensions only get worse when Mongrel offers to host the one-year anniversary of world peace in Kingsbury. But rather than strengthen the bond between the six—er—seven kingdoms, the event only weakens it thanks ... read more

One year after winning Wizard White Beard’s competition, Mongrel’s still adjusting to his new role as king with the help—or rather hindrance—of his uncle, friends, and so-called allies. Tensions only get worse when Mongrel offers to host the one-year anniversary of world peace in Kingsbury. But rather than strengthen the bond between the six—er—seven kingdoms, the event only weakens it thanks ... read more

Emma's Con (The Hidden Book 4)

E. L. Scott

When the Great Depression hits a small forest town, a young witch must make the choice between family and doing the right thing.The result of the devastating 1930s hangs over Feathersprings. While Emma’s father uses an illusion spell to con people out of their money and last hope, the new mayor terrorizes the town behind scenes. But things go too far and a town member kills himself as a result... read more

When the Great Depression hits a small forest town, a young witch must make the choice between family and doing the right thing.The result of the devastating 1930s hangs over Feathersprings. While Emma’s father uses an illusion spell to con people out of their money and last hope, the new mayor terrorizes the town behind scenes. But things go too far and a town member kills himself as a result... read more

Acceptance (The Augur's Rose Series Book 1)

S.M. Wright

Don’t mess with the dead. Pure common sense. Necromancy gets messy — yet when pitted against Berit Gyllen . . . something or other . . . Svein is the only one wallowing in the filth when his artifact retrieval mission for the Mothers goes sideways. Perhaps he should have listened when that blasted bird told him to run.

Don’t mess with the dead. Pure common sense. Necromancy gets messy — yet when pitted against Berit Gyllen . . . something or other . . . Svein is the only one wallowing in the filth when his artifact retrieval mission for the Mothers goes sideways. Perhaps he should have listened when that blasted bird told him to run.

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