Book Editing

Finding the Gray - bookWho Needs an Editor?

Every writer needs an editor. Even the great American novelist, Ernest Hemingway, had an editor. He rewrote the ending to his classic novel “Farewell to Arms” 39 times.

Writing Is Not a Solitary Act

Good writing evolves; first, put your thoughts on paper, then, step back to gain perspective, solicit feedback, revise and rewrite. Revision isn’t extra work; it is the work. Revision is  where the magic happens. A good editor helps you create the magic (like the magician’s assistant, who is a necessary part of the act, but never takes center stage).

Good editing is not about putting the commas in the right places, it’s about getting the writer to “see again.”

Good editing is not about the editor. It’s about the writer. A good editor is invisible to the reader. When the voice of the writer shines through the words, the editor has done her job.

“Deb has an uncanny ability to see problems and she efficiently helped me with my novel, Searching for Hawaii on Cape Cod, in a timely manner. She possesses the patience one needs when working with a new author. Deb is clear in her expectations and clear in her services provided. I will continue to work with her on any future projects. I highly recommend her for professional editing services. ”
—Sally L. Wright
 Novelist, Concord, NH

Areas of Specialization

Feedback on manuscripts (non-fiction; memoir)

If you are in the early stages of development, and get stuck, I can provide techniques to get you to the next stage.
If you have a first draft done, I can give you an honest assessment of how the manuscript flows, what is missing, what is working, what is not working.
If you are in second or third draft, I can help you polish for publication.

Copy editing – line edits

Copy editing means making sure the grammar is correct, the sentence structures underscore your meaning, and the flow works.


This is the final stage before publication. Proofreading means finding any minor errors in punctuation, spelling and grammar. Proofreading is very different from copyediting.

Every manuscript is unique. Contact Words in Play for a customized quote.

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