© Tricia Dearborn 2019

 

IF YOU’VE COMPLETED A MANUSCRIPT and are wondering whether it might benefit from professional input before you send it to a publisher or agent, or finalise it for self-publishing – the answer is yes!

 

Working with a skilled, objective and highly experienced editor will give you the best chance of achieving publishing success.

 

Manuscript assessment

 

If you’ve drafted a manuscript and are not sure what to do next, or if you’ve had feedback from a publisher or agent or other reader that it needs work, a good option is to have it professionally assessed. This can also be useful if you’ve written part of your manuscript and want to check that you’re on the right track.

Once I’ve read and assessed your manuscript, you’ll receive a detailed written report, outlining its strengths and suggesting ways in which it can be improved. I’ll use illustrative examples drawn from your manuscript when that seems useful. As well as considering what’s working and what’s not overall, I’ll take into account anything specific you’d like me to check. The report will give you straightforward, practical feedback – an invaluable set of guidelines to use when revising or refining your manuscript.

If you’d like to have your manuscript professionally assessed, contact me for a free quote at triciadearborneditor@gmail.com

Structural editing/developmental editing

 

If you have a complete manuscript, you might prefer to have it structurally edited. This is also known as developmental editing.

With a structural edit, I read your manuscript and note throughout the file (using the comments function) specific aspects that are working well and those that could be improved, along with suggestions for how you can make those improvements. I’ll be looking at elements such as structure, pacing, narrative arc, voice, point of view, dialogue and characterisation – plus anything else you’d like me to focus on. In addition to my notes throughout the manuscript, you will receive a report that will give an overview of what’s working well and what you can do to strengthen the manuscript.

 

If you’d like a free, customised quote for a structural edit of your manuscript, contact me at triciadearborneditor@gmail.com

Copyediting

If you’re planning to self-publish and you think your manuscript is working well overall, the next step is to have your manuscript copyedited. Copyediting (sometimes known as line editing) ensures that your book looks professional, is free of errors and typos, and is the best it can be.


If you’re looking to be published via a publishing house, copyediting lets you present your best, cleanest manuscript to publishers and agents.

When I copyedit your manuscript, I will ensure that the spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct and consistent. I will clean up any style or formatting glitches and flag anything that is unclear. I will also make (or suggest) small changes to improve the expression or narrative flow, with the aim of making your manuscript clearer and more engaging for the reader. If your manuscript is non-fiction, or involves non-fiction elements, I will fact-check names, dates and anything that seems out of the ordinary.

 

I copyedit in Word using track changes so that you can see every change I make, and can decide for yourself whether or not to accept each change (or you can simply accept all changes with a click of the mouse).

If you’d like a free, customised quote for a copyedit, contact me at triciadearborneditor@gmail.com

Follow-up consultations

I offer my clients the option of follow-up consultations. If you’d like further feedback on a particular issue or need a professional sounding board when thinking through possible solutions, you’re welcome to book in for a phone call or Skype call. My fee for a consultation is $125 for up to one hour.

If you’d like to schedule a Skype or phone consultation, contact me at triciadearborneditor@gmail.com

If you're still not sure what you need ...

I offer a free 10-minute phone or Skype consultation to chat about your manuscript and how we might work together. Contact me on triciadearborneditor@gmail.com to set up an appointment.

 

I HAVE OVER 25 YEARS’ experience in publishing. I started out working in publishing houses (including as a Managing Editor) and since 2008 have run my own successful freelance business. Regular clients include major publishers such as Hachette Australia, Penguin Random House and NewSouth Publishing.

 

I also work with private clients – both those who plan to self-publish as indie authors and those preparing to submit their manuscript to a publishing house or agent.

I have extensive experience in the following genres:

  • biography, autobiography and memoir

  • non-fiction

  • fiction

  • poetry.

 

I work on both literary and popular/commercial fiction, and both general and literary non-fiction. With non-fiction, I’ve worked on a great variety of subject matter, including popular culture, music, art, history, family history, popular science and much more.

 

I am a Professional Member of IPEd, the national professional association for Australian and New Zealand editors, and have a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts.  

I am also the author of four books. Having experienced both sides of the publishing process makes me particularly attuned to authors’ needs.

If you’d like me to work with you on your book, contact me at triciadearborneditor@gmail.com

 
“You’ve been a blessing ... it was a huge gnarly job, needed quickly, and with your help it’s turned out brilliantly. I’ve worked with many editors and without doubt you’re the best.
— Larry Writer, bestselling author of Razor

“Tricia’s editing skills are second to none. With a passion for words, she is exceptional at challenging and encouraging her authors to bring out the best in them. Her respect for the craft of writing makes her stand out.

— Tiffany Johnson, Brave Enough Now

“Just wanted to thank you for the love, care and attention you gave my book. Your polished professionalism and edits helped refine my manuscript to one I am proud to put my name to.”

— Ioanna Serpanos, Giving Spirit a Voice

“Tricia made the narrative flow without trying to change the writer's voice. I have no hesitation in recommending her to the publishing industry at large and to those authors who are new to the game.”
— Ellak I. von Nagy-Felsobuki, Art Quill & Co. Publishing
Your eagle eyes are much appreciated! ... Your editorial skills are exemplary.”
— Kate Ballard, Hachette Australia

For professional help with your book, contact me at triciadearborneditor@gmail.com

 
 

REQUEST A FREE QUOTE – no obligation! Send me an email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

In your email, let me know:

  • what kind of book yours is (e.g. memoir, fiction, non-fiction, poetry)

  • how long your manuscript is (the word count)

  • whether you’re after a manuscript assessment, a structural edit,
    a copyedit or a follow-up consultation – or any combination of these

  • any other relevant information about your manuscript.

For prospective clients, I offer a free 10-minute phone or Skype consultation to chat about your manuscript and how we might work together. If you’d like to set up an appointment, let me know in your email.

I look forward to hearing from you!