You're a writer! You've worked hard on your manuscript, and it has been through professional content and copy editing. Now it needs a final read through to make sure it is free from typos, misused and missing words, and formatting issues such as misplaced punctuation. Let me help polish your manuscript before you self-publish or submit to a publisher for consideration.
Have you entered a writing contest or sent proposals to agents or acquisition editors, only to haveyour manuscriptrejected? Worse yet, youreceived vague or nofeedback on what was wrong with your submission. I would love to read the beginning of your manuscript or short story (first chapter/up to3,000 words)and give you the necessary feedback to take your work to the next level. I’ll offer suggestions on how to make your story pop, corrections on point of view (POV), how to hook and keep your reader, mark grammatical errors, and polish your manuscript so it shines.
In addition to having a polished contest entry or first chapter for an agent pitch or proposal, by applying my suggestions to the rest of your manuscript, you’ll save money if you decide to hire an editor later for your entire project.
Same quality service provided to take your entire manuscript to the next level. I’ll offer suggestions on how to make your story pop, corrections on point of view (POV), how to hook and keep your reader, mark grammatical errors, and polish your manuscript so it shines. (Note: This is not a copy/developmental edit.) *The industry standard for a page is 250 words. Divide your word count by 250 to get total manuscript pages.
Having trouble with the dreaded synopsis that’s a required part of any book proposal? I recently saw a meme of “A League of Their Own” where Tom Hanks is screaming at one of the lady baseball players: “There’s no crying in writing, except when writing the synopsis.” I think we all can relate to that! Like most writers, I struggled with writing a synopsis until I had several under my belt. Once I quit dreading them, I found having a synopsis is good first step toward writing my manuscript.
Let me help make your synopsis better so an acquisition editor wants to read your whole manuscript! In addition to proofreading, I will also check for major plot points, character development, and story flow (up to two pages single-spaced synopsis).
Does your blog post need a fresh set of eyes to catch those pesky typos? Or maybe you’d like your post to have an intro that pops or an ending that leaves the reader thinking. I’ll be glad to read and offer suggestions, as well as mark typos and poor sentence structure.
Send the specifics of your project and any questions you have about these services to LauraPoole565@gmail.com Please put the word "Editing" in the subject line. Payments are accepted through Paypal.
“Laura is an excellent writer. She is a Christian with a heart for others and would do anything she could to make positive changes in the world we live in. I am honored and blessed to have Laura writing my life story, “My Journey Through Fibromyalgia: Rumors, Ravages, and the Rescue.” I probably would have never done this with another writer. She is definitely THE BEST!” ~Nancy Alexander, CEO of Ladybug Wreaths & Nancy's Inner Circle, Coach, World Renowned Wreath Designer, Published Author & Public Speaker. Author of Make Your Own Wreaths and My Journey Through Fibromyalgia: Rumors, Ravages & The Rescue
“Laura’s assistance with my book was invaluable. She not only edited my grammar and tightened my sentences, she was also a great sounding board as I struggled to develop my characters. She’s currently working with me on a second project. I highly recommend her as your editor.“ ~TC Avey, author of The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends
“I have worked with Laura for several years in the process of writing my memoir. She is professional, thorough, and understands the art and creativity of a writer’s mind. Laura knows how to craft words to ensure the reader knows the writer’s heart. She will do the same for you.” ~Cindy O’Brien, blogs at My Little Corner
Laura Hodges Poole is a Christian writer with four books and dozens of articles, devotions, and short stories to her credit. She has contributed to anthologies and ghostwritten two nonfiction books. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Reach Out Columbia, P31 Woman, WOW-Writing on The Word, Christian Devotions, Evangel, Christian Home and School, Our Town, and Independent Mail. Her upcoming Christian romance novel, Return to Walhalla, will be released in March 2018. Laura is the 2016 ACWC Badge of Honor winner, a 2014 ACFWGenesis semi-finalist, and a 2012 RWA Emily finalist. Her credits include being a writing conference contest judge in 2017. As an editor and member of The Christian PEN, she enjoys mentoring and helping other writers polish their work. Her passion is encouraging others through her blog, A Word of Encouragement. When she’s not writing, you might find her hiking, playing the piano, or being crafty. A mother of two, Laura lives in South Carolina with her husband and son.