Attn: Publishers & Authors of Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction
Looking for a professionally trained contract editor with . . .
impeccable grammar and in-depth knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style 17th ed.
a sharp eye for details
the ability to meet or exceed tight deadlines
a fun, easygoing, reliable type who'll be your partner in publishing
in-house role as editor with a publisher of award-winning books
a wide variety of study in English Literature (Mythology, American & British Literature, World Literature) and Fiction Writing
. . . then look no further.
I've been on both sides as a writer and in-house editor. I know what it's like being on the receiving end of feedback after feeling like I've invested so much of my time and energy into the manuscript.
I have also been at the desk as an in-house editor with deadlines looming over me and having different manuscripts with varying editorial needs at varying deadlines, and last minute changes.
My experiences only made me a better editor who's become more passionate about helping authors and managing editors, as I know your needs.
My goal is to simply be the best editor possible.
Editing isn't about imposing my preferences or opinions on your manuscript. It's about improving readability and strengthening your voice by rewriting awkward sentences, resolving structural issues, checking for consistency in word choice or punctuation.
— I.S. Guzman
First-time author? Newcomer to publishing? Check out this Complete Guide to Finding, Hiring, Working with Editors by Chantel Hamilton. She covers it all. This helpful article will familiarize you with the industry.
To me it's important to be an editor who understands you and doesn't change your writing into something else—that's even unrecognizable to you. Your writing should, afterall, reflect your style and voice. I'm trained to have an "objective" perspective. Unless asked, I don't get into the topic or share opinions on content; I edit and comment on how the writing presents an idea. That's the objectivity.
A professional editor is not, and should never be, that jerk from your writing workshop. My approach is to give honest, thorough, constructive criticism with the intention to strengthen the manuscript. I want you to feel motivated and excited to pursue your goals.
We all need editors—including myself. When you're too familiar with the text, missing errors like character having blue eyes in one chapter and brown eyes in another chapter, misspellings, run-on sentences, awkward tenses is inevitable.
I have a wide variety of interests. I write mostly mainstream contemporary fiction, but I enjoy reading scifi, mainstream, women's fiction, mysteries set in the old days, or any book that takes me to another place, time, or character's mind. With nonfiction, I enjoy memoirs, personal essays, self-help, psychology, history, politics, business books that explains a new topic or presents a familiar topic with a fresh perspective. It's an adventure to delve into an array of genres, perspectives, and ideas. Throughout my life, I studied the craft, rhetoric and composition, and editing.
My specialty is "translating" from British English to American English and vice-versa and editing dialects or nonstandard English.
Editorial Services for Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction
Each project is unique and has its own needs. My rates will depend on the level of editing and length. My editing services are listed below.
If you are not sure what you need, you may email me and we can work together to choose the best editing plan for the manuscript.
A free 1,000 word sample edit will be provided on request. Please use the contact form below.
Line Editing/Substantive Editing
This is usually the next step after developmental editing. Both terms tend to be used interchangeably in the publishing industry.
Line editing can be thought of as paragraph-level editing where the emphasis is:
pacing of a passage
sentences that need tightening
Ensuring consistency in:
overused or redundant sentences or words
redundancies in ideas or information
unnatural phrasing or dialogue
passages that don’t “flow” well due to bland language or awkward sentence construction
$40 to $50 USD
What if you are not sure what you're looking for?
Not a problem, I'll be happy to assess your manuscript and recommend an edit.
Sample edits are available upon request. Please message me and let's talk about taking your manuscript to the next level.