Ashleigh Stevens

Ashleigh Stevens - Editor

Milford, CT, USA

I start with a free beta read and sample edit so you can determine if we are a good match. Unlimited free re-edits included with contracts.

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Overview

I have been editing documents, both fiction and non-fiction, since 2001, including scientific papers, essays, and novels. I provide story coaching and developmental editing as well as proofreading and copy editing services. My primary focus is fiction for children, middle grade, and young adults in any genre. I am also interested in mysteries and romances for adult audiences.

I used to say you would never buy a car without test driving it first, until I met a woman who did just that and regretted her choice. In the same manner, I would not expect an author to hire an editor without a test drive. You want to make sure your editor is a good match for you.

Upon receiving your manuscript, I will beta read the entire document, providing you with an evaluation that discusses character and plot development, pointing out areas where I think more or less information needs to be provided. I will also sample edit approximately 1000 words so you can get a feel of my style. This beta read and sample edit is completely FREE.

Upon receipt of your signed contract and a small deposit ($50-100, depending on manuscript size), you will receive a link where you can monitor my progress, including an estimated start and completion date.

My comprehensive editing process involves reading through your manuscript several times, including at least one pass on paper. My main areas of focus are the reduction of dialogue tags and passive voice, though I will also offer suggestions to reduce repetitive words, inconsistencies in tense and/or point of view, and other common errors. After a final proofreading pass, I return the manuscript, along with a color-coded mockup of your book. This sample highlights action, backstory, internals, dialogue, internals, and setting. If a page looks to be inundated with one color, I offer suggestions on how to create a better balance. After you have reviewed my suggestions, accepting or rejecting them as you wish, I will again review the document. We can pass it back and forth as many times as necessary until we are both 100% satisfied with the results.

Do you have a great idea, but are struggling to get the words on paper? Do you need someone to help you find just the right words? With over twenty-five years tutoring experience, I can work with you to help you polish your manuscript. This service includes comprehensive editing upon completion of the manuscript.

I charge $30 an hour for my services, not to exceed a maximum of $0.03 per word. Subsequent proofreading is provided at no charge as outlined in your contract.


Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Middle Grade
Mystery & Crime
Picture Books
Romance
Young Adult

Awards

  • Independent Publishers of New England 2021 Book Awards Finalist

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2019 – Present (almost 4 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Elephant on my Chest

Stevens, Ashleigh

Kayaks, Kisses and Monsters

Stevens, Ashleigh

Camp Piquaqua

Stevens, Ashleigh

Mooncrossed

Stevens, Ashleigh

One Night In Sedona

Latimer, Carrie

Becoming Birgit

Ashleigh Stevens

When I went to bed, I dreamt that a girl slightly younger than I was sitting at my desk in my room, writing in her reflections journal. Her unkempt hair reached halfway down her back and her head was bowed low to the desk as she wrote feverishly. After a moment, the girl looked up and her soft brown eyes caught sight of me. She put down her pen, closed her journal, and stood, turning to face m... read more

When I went to bed, I dreamt that a girl slightly younger than I was sitting at my desk in my room, writing in her reflections journal. Her unkempt hair reached halfway down her back and her head was bowed low to the desk as she wrote feverishly. After a moment, the girl looked up and her soft brown eyes caught sight of me. She put down her pen, closed her journal, and stood, turning to face m... read more

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