Attn: Publishers & Authors of Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction
Looking for a professionally trained contract editor with . . .
a sharp eye for details
a fun, easygoing, reliable type who'll be your partner in publishing
the ability to meet or exceed tight deadlines
in-house role as editor with a publisher of award-winning books
the ability to provide honest thoughtful feedback regarding representation and evaluate your manuscript while understanding your vision
. . . 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
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. 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.
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 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