I work as a freelance editor, a sole trader and quote as Twisted Minx Editing.
I am what’s called a structural editor (also known as developmental editor, or book doctor). This means I am often the first person other than the writer to see a story. So I’m here to make sure the story makes sense, follows the laws of nature/physics/magic, that the arcs arc, that loose ends are tied up (unless they shouldn’t be), and that the author has made the best of their own ideas without falling into too many troupe traps.
Along with detailed comments, questions, and suggestions in the edited manuscript, clients get a full critique document giving an overall review of the manuscript. I specialise in crime and science fiction, and my particular penchant is for getting timelines straight, a timeline that doesn’t hold water brings me out in a veritable rash but don’t worry I can cope with time travel so no fears there.
I am also a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.
Contact me if you have questions or want a quote.
Services on offer:
Reading of the work with commentary on what does and does not work. Highlighting what needs to be done and how the work can be moved forward into a more successful whole. What you receive back is a report on what needs to be done.
Line by line editing of the manuscript, advising on specifics of style, scansion, and formatting. This is a detailed review of what does and does not work, with, were appropriate suggestions on how to fix it. What you receive back is your manuscript with changes tracked and comments on specific lines/words as necessary, and a report on what needs to be done.
Where an author feels in need of more support an on-line mentoring service is offered. This will consist of reading short sections/chapters of work or idea outlines followed by 45 minutes either of a telephone call or an on-line meeting to discuss the work and the author’s way forward.
Free Sample Edit
Knowing how important editor to writer fit is a one-time free sample edit is offered to new to the company authors. Up to 3,000 words will be edited free of charge so that the author can see what they get for their money. This is a no-obligation service.
E-Book and POD Formating
Preparation of files for e-book and print-on-demand publication.
Proofreading is NOT offered as a service.
Please remember that edits and comments are made by a human, this means that there will by default be a level of subjectivity within the work, and that other readers will see things differently. The author is not obliged to adhere to all suggestions/changes. Perfection is not guaranteed, but honest and constructive criticism is.
You don’t have to believe me, here’s what others say:
“Gail has done three structural edits on two of my crime novels and I can’t recommend her highly enough. She is supportive and approachable and I was particularly struck by her thoroughness and attention to detail. Aside from a great editing job she undertakes extensive research to double-check facts on behalf of the writer. She also had some highly insightful comments to make about my characters and plot. Indeed I came away feeling she knew my main character better than me!!
I am now at the stage of having sent my first manuscript, ‘Who Robbed The Dead?’ off to publishers and am delighted to say I am getting some very positive feedback. Much of this I attribute to Gail for helping make me a much better writer. I will definitely be using her services in the future.”
Tana Collins, author of “Who Robbed The Dead” and “Care To Die”
“As a first-time novelist, I wasn’t used to dealing with an editor, but Gail helped me all the way and was very easy to work with. From copy-editing to developmental advice, her reports were thorough and detailed. It was quite a shock when I saw just how much she had picked up on, but once I calmed down and looked at it in detail, I could see that she was absolutely right. I will definitely be using her again and highly recommend her.”
From A M Thomas, author of “Intruders: Flight of the Kestrel”