Freelance Novel Editing
"The first draft is black and white. Editing gives the story colour" ~ Emma Hill
Why do you need an editor?
I'm a writer and an editor - so I understand what it's like to see a story from both viewpoints, the creative and the critical. But without using an editor myself, I wouldn't be either.
Flash back to 2017 and I was ready to query my novel. I was naïve enough to think my manuscript was finished, but wise enough to want a professional opinion, just to be sure. I paid for a manuscript critique, and when I read the report, I knew it had been money well spent.
It wasn't that my book was no good, more that I hadn't written it to its full potential. There were elements missing that I couldn't see, being as close to the story as I was.
Once I made the necessary changes, I knew the book was stronger for it. I went on to sign with an agent, shortlist in the Bath Children's Novel Award, and get a publishing deal.
You might think you've gone as far as you can on your own and, like me, want to check you've not missed anything. Or you might know there's an issue that needs fixing, but you just can't figure out how. Perhaps you're confident your manuscript is ready to query and want a package that showcases your work in its best possible light.
I can't wait to read your words.
"I try to leave out the parts people skip"~ Elmore Leonard
Hi, I'm Emma Read, award-winning children's author, mentor and creative writing tutor. I have a passion for helping writers hone their words and ideas. I specialise in children's fiction, but am also experienced in critiquing adult literature.
Creativity and Passion
Catch an agent's eye with your cover letter, synopsis, and first three pages of your manuscript
A deep dive into your finished novel, including improvement suggestions on structure, plot, pace, character, and more
Let's talk about your first draft, outline, or premise with an aim to develop your story and build it from the ground up
Leah James, Executive Editor, Scholastic Children’s Books
"Working with Emma has been brilliant, a real pleasure – her reader report was inciteful, professional and delivered before the deadline."
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