Manda Waller

Manda Waller – Editor

Friendly, kind, best-selling fiction editor with 20+ years’ experience, working with authors to make their books the very best they can be.

Overview

"If you need an editor, Manda is your secret weapon."
"Manda's work is impeccable and BEYOND helpful. She is worth every penny."
"Manda made my words flow like hot chocolate."

I'm Manda - a friendly, supportive, cheerful best-selling fiction copy and line editor with over 20 years' experience. I offer non-judgmental editing in a safe space, and ensure that my feedback is constructive and encouraging - the idea being that you feel empowered to go on to write more (even better!) books.

As I work through your manuscript, I make sure that your words are as polished and engaging as possible. I always offer suggested solutions and draw examples from your manuscript to explain the more complicated points.

In 2022, I edited over 30 novels and novellas, ensuring that they were ready for either self-publication or submission to Literary Agents.

Apart from having a meticulous eye for detail and an excellent understanding of punctuation, grammar and spelling, I am also (more importantly!) helpful, positive and friendly.

My promises to you:

- I reply to all my messages quickly and honestly.
- I really do read every single word.
- I do not skim-read or cut corners.
- I return all my work within budget and on time, every time.

I edit using Microsoft Word, and track the changes so that you can see the alterations that I make and accept or reject each one individually (should you so wish!). If you aren’t familiar with using MS Word Track Changes, I can talk you through it.

In the course of editing your book, I would be looking at:

- General punctuation, spelling and grammar

- Point of view and head-hopping

- Overuse of stage direction

- The use of tentative language

- Overwriting

- Unnecessary adverbs

- Showing vs telling

- Excessive timeline nudges

- Character description

- Chapter and section endings and beginnings

- Action beats

- Tense

- Sentence length and rhythm

- Dialogue (and thoughts) formatting, punctuation, idioms, dialects and tags

- Anything else that you'd like me to look at (within reason!)


I hope this gives you a brief snapshot of me and the services I provide - but please do contact me with any questions. I'd love to help!


Manda
Services
Fiction
Contemporary Romance Magical Realism Paranormal Romance Romantic Comedy Romantic Suspense Urban Fantasy Women's Fiction Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • BA Hons English Literature
  • Copyediting (CIEP)
  • Proofreading (CIEP)
  • Fiction Editing (CIEP)
  • Editorial Report Writing (Louise Harnby)
  • Editing Romance (EFA)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2018 — Present

Freelance fiction copy/line editor working with independent authors and publishing houses to polish manuscripts and prepare them for publication.
Genres: Contemporary Romance (all heat levels) and Women's Fiction, Crime and Mysteries, Fantasy,
Categories: Adult, YA, MG
Languages: British English and American English
Style Guides: New Hart's Rules (BrE) and Chicago Manual of Style (AmE)

LexisNexis Publishers

Jul, 2000 — Jan, 2010 (over 9 years)

Managing Editor, running an editorial department for LexisNexis, a world-class legal publisher.
Responsible for:
- editorial accuracy and consistency
- professional standards
- scheduling and time management
- editorial budgets
- editorial training and professional development

Portfolio

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Will There Be Wine?: A Novel

Cubbison, Ms. Whitney

Proofreading
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Buck Up, Buttercup

Alkire, Anna

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
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Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Losing Lindani

Marshall, Leanne

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Anna Gallo’s Lily

Morris, Sue

Troubador Publishing Ltd

Copy Editing
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The Boeman

Ryker , Jane

Copy Editing
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Sally Jones, A Trophy Wife Romance

Alkire, Anna

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Missing Melody

Radcliff, Kyra

Copy Editing
Looking for Like

Hilliard, Ravina

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Kinky Roots : A Memoir

Arlington, Ingrid

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Reluctant Reprisal

Hilliard, Ravina

Copy Editing
Copy Editing

Manda has 23 reviews

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Stevi C.

Stevi C.

Jul, 2023

Pinned
Manda really knows her stuff. She blew me away with her knowledge and skill. Every correction and suggestion made perfect sense and really helped tighten up my manuscript. My confidence in the overall product has increased due to our collaboration.
Manda W.
Thank you, Stevi - it was a pleasure to edit your manuscript! I look forward to seeing the next book in the series...
Catherine K.

Catherine K.

Jul, 2023

Pinned
Manda has been an absolute joy to work with. Her feedback on my manuscript was thorough and thoughtful. As I work through each note I am struck by how much better my book will be at the end of the process. Manda's suggested edits make me feel confident in my book and I was amazed at the detail in the editorial report. Manda highlighted my strengths and weaknesses in a kind way that I am sure wi...
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Manda W.
Thank you so much for your lovely review, Catherine - your book was a joy to edit and I'm really looking forward to the next one!
Dina A.

Dina A.

Dec, 2022

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Manda has been a true pleasure to work with. She's thorough, encouraging and patient, delivered ahead of schedule and provided me with useful feedback and tips on how to strengthen my writing and story. Everything I could ask for in an editor. I'm looking forward to working with her again!
Manda W.
Thank you, Dina. I've sincerely enjoyed working on your first two books, and am very much looking forward to finding out what happens next!
lesley O.

lesley O.

May, 2024

Dear Manda, thanks to you, l fully realise my ability as a writer. I will enter competitions and even offer my professionally edited stories for publication. Manda, your skill in editing and sensitive tweaking has totally changed my dyslexic grammar and punctuation, into work that l can share without embarrassment or reticence. Since sharing my writing l have received glowing reviews and reques...
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Manda W.
I'm delighted that I've been able to help you. Your writing is just so lovely, and it's a joy to hear you are getting it out into the world!
Ted R.

Ted R.

Apr, 2024

I had the pleasure of working with Manda on my debut novel and, even better, collaborating on the sequel. Manda is efficient as always and gives excellent feedback. As she knew the characters and storylines from the previous book, her editorial skills helped maintain consistency throughout. I'd highly recommend her and look forward to working with her again.

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