I specialise in copy editing and proofreading fiction and non-fiction.
Whether it’s a novel, a collection of short stories, a memoir, or a how-to book, your hard work deserves a final polish.
How I can help you:
Every writer needs a fresh set of editorial eyes – someone to experience their manuscript as a first-time reader would. I will help to smooth out your sentences and apply standard spelling, grammar, punctuation and formatting, so that your writing shines.
* As an author I understand the process, and the challenges involved in writing and being edited
* As an editor I edit with a light touch, always respecting the author’s voice
* As a proofreader I read with a nit-picker’s meticulous eye for detail
I’m friendly, helpful, thorough and always professional, because I care about what I do.
As one client wrote:
"Shuna copy edited my latest crime thriller. I’m in no doubt that she has massively improved the manuscript with her thoughtful, thorough, and professional changes. I’m stunned by the quality of her comprehensive process, achieved in an impressive turnaround time. I’ll want to use her again."
I have worked in:
Fiction: • young adult • middle grade • contemporary women's fiction • thriller • crime • mainstream • sci-fi • romance • literary
Non-fiction: • online learning • travel • tourism • real estate • property rentals • resort development • music industry • marketing • promotions • public relations
I’m British and married to an American. I'm equally comfortable editing in UK English and US English.
I’m Shuna Meade, the copy editor and proofreader behind Final Polish Editorial Services. I’m also a published author. I write fiction and non-fiction and have been a bookworm all my life.
I’ve spent the last ten years writing and learning the craft of writing. I've given hundreds of critiques to authors at varying stages of their writing journey, and honed my skills by copy editing and proofreading their work.
After investing in editorial training to ensure my skills were up-to-date, I set up Final Polish Editorial Services to help authors cross the finish line.
Sample of work undertaken:
Crime thriller - copy edit and proofreading
Anthology - proofreading
Crime - proofreading
How-to book - copy editing and proofreading
Grammar course - proofreading
Distance learning course material (marketing, journalism) - copy editing and proofreading
Memoir - copy editing and proofreading, production via Kindle and CreateSpace
Professionalism • integrity • dedication • reliability
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Writer/editor with past clients including Newsweek, WWE, Disney. Left-handed, right-brained, down to do any non-fiction, up for a challenge!
Children's and YA fiction editor with over three years of experience in one of the largest global publishers, Hachette UK