Shazeen Iqbal

Shazeen Iqbal - Editor

Birmingham, UK

I provide developmental and copyediting services to nonfiction authors looking to polish their work for publication.

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Overview

Hey party people,

Quit stressin'. Let's make things easy by letting me wear the thinking hat while you continue to be creative!

My name is Shazeen and I'm an experienced editor with bestsellers under my belt. I love helping authors make their ideas come to life. Through editing, I also hope to help my authors become better writers by helping them understand what makes a great story. I fully evaluate the story without my own biases. Having said this, I do specialize in nonfiction, and I've worked with a variety of authors, from new authors to seasoned authors who continuously aspire to become bestsellers.

Have you finished writing your first draft and are revising and changing bits and pieces as you go along? You might be also getting more confused about whether your book is heading in the right direction. Hold on, I gotcha!

If you need help structuring the ideas of your book, I can help you identify the main events and points in your writing and create a logical order between them. It is my goal to make language easy to understand and engaging for your readers.

Our collaboration begins with a personal discussion of the book, followed by editorial suggestions regarding the goals, underlying premise, voice, and style. To ensure consistency in overall structure, improve flow and transitions, and identify gaps, I rewrite and restructure paragraphs and sentences.

Here's what you'll get if you choose me as your editor:

1) Edits that are clear and understandable. I mainly use Microsoft Word with Tracked Changes.
2) Solutions that are specific. I don't just tell you what needs to be improved, but show you with specific examples what those improvements would look like.
3) Creative input. I enter your universe and generate new ideas wherever they are needed.
4) Writing styles. I can suggest new ways of expressing narratives, dialogues, and ideas.
5) Market insights. I know what the market wants and when it wants it. It gives me a good sense of what agents and publishers are thinking, and how to satisfy your target audiences.
6) Proper sentence structures and phrasing.
7) A manuscript consisting of content and structure that is logically arranged, complete, and contains references if necessary.
8) A manuscript written in language appropriate for the target audience.
9) Consistent formatting and removing formatting issues.

That's enough of me; let's talk about you. Get in touch with me if you're ready to tackle your next big project, and we'll have a chinwag about your editorial needs.

Hasta más tarde :)
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Health & Wellbeing
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Technology

Work experience

Senior Book Editor

Packt Publishing
March, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

I developmentally edit books written by authors and work closely with authors from the fields of admin and cloud, and other information-tech related subjects, to create high-quality books on time, as per the publishing plan. I have ownership of book quality, working with the author and other stakeholders from delivery of the first draft of chapters through to publication.

Freelance Book Editor

Self-employed
June, 2019 – Present (about 3 years)

I deliver content writing and book editing services for entrepreneurs, creatives, and people who want to transform their story, credibility and expertise into a message that sells in the market.

Content Editor

BBC News
November, 2017 – July, 2019 (over 1 year)

Assisting journalists and bloggers by editing content at developmental and hands-on stages before their research and opinions get published. I checked facts and validated research as well as copy-edited articles to ensure the meeting of targets.

Proofreader

University of Birmingham
September, 2013 – July, 2017 (almost 4 years)

I researched Human Rights: Diplomacy and Research Methods. I verified facts, applied appropriate citations, and proofread material before it was published.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Cybersecurity Career Master Plan: Proven techniques and effective tips to help you advance in your cybersecurity career

Auger, Dr. Gerald, Scott, Jaclyn “Jax”, Helmus, Jonathan, Nguyen, Kim, Adams, Heath "The Cyber Mentor"

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