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“You Are My Dream Editor.”
That’s what I hear over and over again from authors who work with me.

In the words of Betsy Lerner (one of the best editors of all time), “For the writer who truly loves language, a trip to the copy editor is like a week at a spa. You come out looking younger, trimmer, and standing straighter.”

That's how you will feel working alongside a great editor.

It’s a magnificent journey that gives you a perspective on your work that will change you, your writing, and how you think about writing.

As one author wrote to me: "I met you at a challenging time on my writer's journey. I was on the brink of despair. Self-doubt had crept in about my ability to complete my manuscript, let alone publish a book. From day one of working with you, I felt encouraged, nurtured and supported. Within a few weeks, you had gathered my writing and developed it into the book I had visualised for the past 10 years. I feel incredibly fortunate. You are so much more than an editor, writer, coach, you are the leader that every writer needs on their journey."

If you’re serious about your craft and you want to produce the highest quality work you can, you're in the right place. I can provide the support you need to make your book read the way you intended.

You are here because we both love writing, books and publishing. You want to make your book good enough to catch the eye of a publisher or literary agent. Or you want to self-publish a book so excellent no one can tell you did it yourself.

I want to help you do these things, and that is why I edit.

Let's smooth your writing and polish it to a high sheen.

I'll meet you wherever you are on your writing journey and guide you through the editing process. I’ve designed my book editing services to benefit authors at every stage of their development. Whether you're self-publishing or going straight to a publisher, you must present a manuscript that showcases your work in the brightest light.

I will recommend the edit that’s right for you.

I know exactly what it's like to be a writerin this new literary and publishing world—from the inside!

With my editing you’ll create
masterfully-sequenced words
polished to perfection

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With me as your editor, your voice will be preserved.

I'll help you be ruthless (compassionately) through writing. Maybe you’re ready to publish a book and you keep seeing references to getting an editor (that’s me) you've found her. Or maybe you just want the confidence to put your writing out there and want someone else to take a look. Whether you need your words proofread, copyedited or a complete rewrite, the first step is to email here >>

Here’s the thing about spelling mistakes, misused punctuation and confused sentences, they are often missed by the writer but obvious to the reader.

Copy editors don’t change the meaning of the work but allow the writer’s voice to shine. Your work will be clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent.

Writing and creativity is our birthright, as makers, as spiritual beings.

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As your editor, I check that you've communicated what you want to say exactly as you want to say it.

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"Without Natasha, it’s highly likely that my book would still be sloshing around in the archives of my mind. She kept me focussed, supported, guided and accountable all whilst giving me the freedom and space to do it my way. Natasha makes the impossible, possible, the unthinkable achievable and I couldn’t be at the submission stage without her. I will forever be grateful to her soulful way of seeing in me what I’d always hoped was there."

- Katie Dean,
Author BECOMING BRAVE and Founder, YOUR WILD LIFE.

Book Editing

If you’re thinking about self-publishing your manuscript, a copy edit is essential to give your work that final professional polish. Copy editing—sometimes known as line editing—looks at a manuscript on a word-by-word level.

A copy edit focuses on spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as continuity, fact checking and any remaining structural issues. Detecting any repetitious words and phrases and will improve the prose, tighten dialogue and enhance your meaning. Track changes in Word are used so you can clearly see the changes and accept, reject, or revise them.

Editing services are available to both trade publishing and private clients. The cost of an edit depends on the length of the manuscript, and what is required to bring it up to industry standards.

It is an honour when an author entrusts me with her book. When I send the finished product back, I can ensure you will be delighted with how it has grown while in my care.

If you have finally (sigh!) typed your last word and are ready for editing, you can email here.  And, if you are not finished your first draft? Not a problem. It’s best if you’re well into it though. I can work on the earlier chapters while you prep the later ones.

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"Book editing is the most challenging part of the book writing and publishing process, and it really pays to have a professional editor look over your work. I highly recommend Natasha Gilmour. She is a very talented and a genuinely beautiful person who will love and treasure your words while guiding your writing to that magical end point of hitting publish."

Melissa Pouliot

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What happens when you hire an editor?

We’ll talk through your piece of writing, what it’s about, who it’s for, and how you’re going to publish it.

I’ll send you a proposal with a timeline for your project. You send me your writing. I get to work.

You review the changes, comments and revisions. I then make any amendments and finalise your piece of writing by proofreading it one more time.

You get your writing back brilliantly error-free, ready to hit "publish".

Website and Copy Editing

You may think you are a business creative, an entrepreneur, or a visionary. You are these things. But you are also a writer. I'll help you articulate your revolutionary ideas clearly. I work with clients who stand out and use brilliant words to do it. You will confidently share brilliant, fresh, witty, natural words with your audience.

Do you need a writer to help with content for website pages, blogs, newsletters, bios, an e-course or other sales copy? Do you need an editor to sequence your words so they read with a potent and powerful message? Or maybe you’re ready to take the next step and go professional with your website.

What you communicate is always more important than what you offer.

I’ll take the words on your website and morph your copy into exactly what you've always wanted. You’ll have pages that are the foundation for your business and a roadmap to create more content.

Website edits—this is especially important for your home/about page—should be the easiest, clearest, most understandable copy in your business. A website edit will ensure a powerful, persuasive brand, to entice visitors to stay—longer.

I'll sequence your words to instantly connect with your market, illustrating your brand’s story.

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"My gratitude for your support and beautiful talent in helping us bring The Mindful Wealth Movement e-course to life. I am extremely grateful and I absolutely love how you've managed to bring it to life. I truly love what you do and would love to work with you again or support you in the future in anyway possible."

Lea Schodel

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Want to see if we're a good fit?

Send me a few pages of your work, and I'll send you a sample of what I would do with them if I were your editor. I can promise your work will shine when I'm done. I have a veracious reputation for doing exactly that. $50 for a 1,500-word sample edit.

Why? Because I want to help writers become authors. For just $50 I will edit and review 1,500 words of your writing. I will advise which editing service I feel the work is ready for. If that isn’t enough reason to reach out, see it as an opportunity to get some feedback from a professional editor on your pages prior to engaging with readers, or potential agents and publishers.

A trial edit is a glance at the editor’s work

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"Natasha made the whole process pain free and streamlined, she took the time to understand my business, my audience and me, and this is what sets Natasha apart. Her passion and excitement for the written word is contagious."

Alisha Waterman

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Can't see what you are looking for? I'm happy to discuss any writing and editing projects you have.

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Book coaching

This is a private space for women who are interested in writing and publishing as a way to deepen their connection to the world and the people they serve. I'll help you write your book through one-on-one writing sessions and unlimited email support.

I'll meet you wherever you are in your writing process and be there for you every step of the way, offering editorial guidance. I want you to write the best book you can, and will give you the tools and support you need to do it. I offer more than just editing, I'm your writing coach and motivator.

Do you want to learn more about writing and publishing a book from an expert? Have you noticed that writing has been showing up on your path for you to explore?

I'll help you to develop the habits that will enable you to become a writer.

your book awaits

Finish your writing with:

  • Endless support to overcome any obstacles.
  • Someone to hold you accountable to finish your writing project, help you stay inspired, focused and determined.
  • Clear, concise input and suggestions for any challenges that arise during the writing process.
  • Helpful writing feedback that will help improve your writing.
  • Help to structure the writing process so you can finish your writing.

You will have direction and focus. I offer a month to month package that will help keep you clear and motivated so that you can finish the book you know you’re meant to write.

The cost is $440 a month (minimum three months).

It includes one 60-minute phone call to set up what it is you need, a review with feedback provided on your writing, 2 hours of editing a month and then unlimited email support from then on to make it happen. ​

As a writing coach, I will guide you, giving you honest, unflinching friendly advice before you proceed onto a final edit.

Want some personal contact?

Email editor@natashagilmour.com This is my only email address. I read absolutely every one I receive and will reply within 1-2 days.
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