Book editors go beyond just correcting grammar and fixing typos. A professional editor can help authors to become better writers by teaching them skills and ways of thinking that will benefit their future books.
Date With The Muse is available for Copy Editing (Think: grammar and syntax) or Content Editing (Think: does this make sense?) or both. Annalisa Parent has decades’ experience in both. She has worked for individual authors and for larger corporations. Scroll down to see samples of her work and testimonials
Annalisa took a largely unreadable document and made it lively and concise! Annalisa was very easy to work with! She completed work on time and brought alot of expertise to the table. Annalisa listens to her customers to ensure the appropriate voice is maintained.
Julie Cole, Sr. Community Benefits Strategist–Community Health Improvement The University of Vermont Medical Center
What I appreciated was Annalisa’s approach to editing and her commitment to be sure that my voice came through, above all else. She worked very quickly and met our agreed-upon deadline. She was also committed to my satisfaction before receiving final payment for her work.
Through our initial conversation about my book and my desires, Annalisa gained a solid understanding of who I was and what I was trying to express through my book. Her editing suggestions were respectful of this and allowed me to choose what felt right to me. She followed up with emails and offered a wrap-up conversation to ensure my satisfaction, which honestly, I did not need to have because I was completely satisfied with her work.
Barb Klein, Author, 111 Invitations (edited by Annalisa Parent)
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In working with the UVM Medical Center’s Community Health Needs Assessment, I was given a document which had been worked on by many researchers and contributors. One of my goals was to create consistency in the voice of the piece, and to make sure that voice was “on brand” for the hospital.
The content itself needed to flow, therefore the text was rearranged and restructured to ensure readability and clarity. This revision required research and intensive interviews with hospital employees to ensure the integrity of the information reported. Once the order was in place, and the ideas flowed with clear transitions, I further verified that grammar and syntax were intact.
I also ensured the integrity of the research: that all sources were credited, and that footnotes were in proper order.
Lastly, the use of white space of a page is important reader flow and consumption of information. I added bullet points, lists, and headlines to break up the text. Working closely with the graphic designer, I made suggestions for graphic representations of the material at hand. For example, I replaced two pages of text that outlined the history of the CHNA with a one-page timeline, improving user interface and readability.