Publishing + Editing

For the writer who truly loves language. Working alongside a great editor is a magnificent journey that gives you a perspective on your work that will change you, your writing, and how you think about writing.

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 want to make your book good enough to catch the eye of a publisher or literary agent. Perhaps 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.

In my care you will arrive quickly to the day you hold your book.

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

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

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Bestselling Author, Katie Dean 

"Becoming Brave"

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 wouldn’t be published without her. I will forever be grateful to her soulful way of seeing in me what I’d always hoped was there.

 

Book Editing

Your book will go through developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading, a powerful combination to fully prepare it for publishing.

We'll start with developmental editing which looks at your book as a whole. Next, every sentence of your book will be edited. The final stage is proofreading. I look at the manuscript on a word-by-word level and every punctuation mark to remove any final errors.

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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Here's the simple process I like to follow with my clients:

STEP 1: LET'S CONNECT
Let's say hello via email, phone or Skype to discuss your project and how to get you from writer to published author. We’ll talk through your piece of writing, what it’s about, who it’s for, and how you’re going to publish it.

STEP 2: QUOTATION
Once I understand your project, I'll send you a quote, a brief proposal, and my standard terms & conditions.

STEP 3: FIRST DRAFT
Manuscript arrives in my inbox (or via Dropbox). I'll work my editing magic and send you a polished first draft for review (with editorial markups and comments).

STEP 4: REVISIONS
All projects include at least three rounds of revisions. You review the changes, comments and revisions. We basically go back and forth and may take another call at this stage.

STEP 5: FINAL COPY
I’ll proofread and send you the final copy ready to submit to publishers or self-publish. I’ll even submit to publishers if you ask!

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

Publishing

As an industry professional with years of experience acquiring, editing and publishing bestselling fiction and non-fiction in the print and digital markets, I take a select number of authors, offering a personalised publishing plan.

Submissions re-open 2019.

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I met Natasha 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 Natasha, I felt encouraged, nurtured and supported. But mostly she was able to remove the negativity that surrounded me and instilled a self-belief in my ability to write. Within a few weeks, she had gathered my writing and developed it into the book I had visualised for the past 10 years. It was a turning point for me, that moment when I realised that yes, finally I am a writer.

I cannot recommend Natasha highly enough. I feel incredibly fortunate that our paths crossed at the right time for me. She is so much more than an editor/writer/coach, she is the leader that every writer needs on their journey.

– Author, Beryl Crosher-Segers

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Natasha brings her whole self to her work. Working with Natasha in the editing and publication of my first book has been full of ease, grace and so much joy. She has held me in a way I could never have expected. Far from being a transactional process, Natasha walked me through the editing process with a strong guiding hand, that came from an innate wisdom of what both my book and I needed, as well as her professionalism and expertise in the literary field. I am forever grateful for Natasha's commitment to refining the message within my book, yet more importantly, for her unyielding support and guidance as I birth my first book into the world.

Bestselling Author, Bernadette O'Connor

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

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Book Coaching

How does book coaching work?

IT'S LIKE HAVING YOUR VERY OWN PERSONAL EDITOR-ON-CALL, AN AUTHOR SUPPORT LADY FOR YOUR WRITING LIFE.

Book coaching is an investment you make in yourself to complete your book, and create the life you truly want. Whether you have the seed of an idea, an outline, or a partial manuscript, writing a book is often a solitary journey. As a book writing coach, I offer the guidance, accountability, and structure that will make your writing journey far more enjoyable and less stressful. You won't be left alone to flounder through the writing process, and you'll benefit from my experience and publishing connections.

I'll meet you wherever you are on the writing journey 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. Our collaboration will be as unique as your manuscript.

You will finish your book this time – and it will feel amazing.

What the package includes:

  • 6 x one hour mentoring sessions (in person or via skype), at a regular schedule (typically fortnightly).
  • We'll set fortnightly deadlines. You'll send me pages, and I pour over them line by line, making extensive notes, and giving you guidance for what to do next.
  • Fortnightly calls. After each deadline, we'll check in and make sure everything is going according to plan, that you're feeling good about your book, and that the project is on track.
  • Unlimited email support from session 1 until you have your book. I'll be here to answer big and small questions as they arise.
  • Editing throughout the process.
  • Access to preferred publisher packages.
  • Access to preferred proofreading rates. A third party final proofing is essential prior to submitting the manuscript to the publisher.

One-on-one coaching is designed to address every element of the book writing process. I have coached many dozens of writers through to the finish line so I understand the complexities of the creative process, and the joy that will come from holding your book at the finish line.

This intensive coaching is an investment, I know, but I have found that writers who make the commitment finish their books, and finish them well. Investing in yourself holds you accountable—it inspires you to do your best work—to keep you on track, on point, and writing for as long as it takes to complete your book.

The Price
$899 PER MONTH FOR THREE MONTHS MINIMUM

BOOK COACHING IS FILLED TO THE BRIM UNTIL 2019.

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