BookSmith Editing
BookSmith Editing
Professional Editing & 
Proofreading Services
 

Why use a professional editor?

Because writing is hard.

It takes an enormous amount of time and effort to produce a manuscript.
You want to show it to someone who will give you detailed, constructive feedback, not a vague, "I liked it," or "It was okay".

I check for typos, sentence problems, and repeated or missing words. Believability of characters, realistic dialogue, conflict and pacing, descriptions, weak verbs, passive voice, and attributions are all included.

Keep in mind that fixing all of the above is the easy part. Creating a compelling story is so much more difficult.

Don't worry if your work is full of so-called errors. Don't be afraid of imperfection. If the story is good, it will succeed. 

I will treat your work like a precious gem, showing you where to cut, where to polish, when to embellish. In short, how to make it better.

 

Proofreading is a vital part of preparing your manuscript for publication.  

 

A poorly edited book is the hallmark of the amateur author.

 

I’m particularly interested in mysteries, thrillers, short stories, literary fiction, general fiction, YA, and non-fiction.

I am a huge fan of British fiction, and I am very comfortable working with UK authors.
 

 

 

 

SERVICES

Beta Reading
Copyediting
Developmental Editing
  • manuscript critique

  • general feedback

  • light editing

  • manuscript critique

  • general feedback

  • sentence structure

  • continuity and flow

  • grammar check

  • spelling check

  • punctuation check

Coaching
  • structure & fine-tune your writing process

  • unlimited personal email support

  • encouragement

  • constructive feedback

  • set goals & hold you accountable​

  • manuscript critique

  • general feedback

  • sentence structure

  • continuity and flow

  • point of view

  • character development

  • plot development

  • dialogue feedback

  • consistency

  • grammar check

  • spelling check

  • punctuation check​

Full Editing
  • manuscript critique

  • general feedback

  • sentence structure

  • continuity and flow

  • point of view

  • character development

  • plot development

  • dialogue feedback

  • consistency

  • grammar check

  • spelling check

  • punctuation check​

  • complete re-edit after revisions

 

ABOUT ME

I grew up in a family of readers. There is nothing I enjoy more than a good book. But nothing makes me crazier than a book with a terrific plot that is poorly written or full of errors.

Publishers used to accept manuscripts with the idea that their editors would work with authors to fix each and every flaw, from typos to plot holes. That is no longer true. Publishers expect manuscripts to be well polished before they will be accepted. That is where the professional editor comes in.

 

TESTIMONIALS

Chris J

Seriously, I would have been lost without her help and I'm just so grateful. I greatly value her opinion and instincts.

Mitchell T

Really helpful critique. Fast and succinct. Cut to the core and offered useful tips for correction.

 

Breanne R

You are AWESOME!!! I just finished making all the changes from the google doc you sent. I love that you caught seriously every little thing!! So amazing, and I appreciate it so much! Thank you for your kind words, for the constructive criticism, all of it! 

 

Lucas P

I've dealt with other editors before, and I feel there's a big difference between them and yourself. For one, you're not trying to steal my work. Two, you're great at what you do, and I pray you get the rightful credit you deserve for being an excellent editor. Words can't even express how much I appreciate you. It's been days and some nights where I've prayed to find the right help to get this book in the right shape for the right literary agent. I know I sound like a broken record but thank you for taking on my project!

 

Robert M

Christine went beyond and above what I asked for. Beta-reader but also copyedited thoroughly a manuscript I thought was complete. I wanted a Beta reader to see the weak spots in my story. I see the trouble spots, but as a voracious reader, I have seen stars knocked off for the simple comma and more for left out words. I received critical feedback on how the story appeared to readers and what feelings were evoked. 

I know I thought I was perfect on my editing (not even close) but I need that critical eye. The feedback on mistakes was good but I needed to know weaknesses but I also received feedback on spots that worked or were surprising and overall character analysis. It was what I needed to strengthen my writing. 

Christine is worth 10 times the amount she charges because she sees more than a copyeditor and shares honest feedback as a reader and showed care and diligence that was unexpected and more than appreciated, it was needed. Needed when I didn't even know how much it was needed. For that, I am so grateful. And I don't even know enough words to say how much this means to me. 

So Thank you is what I say, but I know and want it to say so much more!

 

James F.

Christine is gifted with incredible insight. Not only did she find an embarrassing amount of typos and grammar blips in my manuscript, but also her general comments were constructive and to the point. Her observations on the overall structure and plot development were particularly helpful, and I have no doubt that many of her recommendations will find themselves in the final draft. After she had finished, and I asked her a few questions, she engaged me in a very helpful manner, further clarifying points and granting me yet more insight. At all times, Christine remained polite and encouraging, a real pleasure to work with. Highly recommended.

 

Norma

Christine was amazing, both at teaching me well-needed grammar rules and sentence structure. She also boosted my confidence and was amazing to work with!
Five stars Christine!
Look forward to working with you again in the future :)

 

Rob K.

I had my manuscript edited... professionally edited. And then Christine reviewed it and found MANY important issues - both grammatical and plot-related. I would refer her to anyone who wants to be sure that all "i's" are dotted and "t's" are crossed. I would also say, if you want to have someone looking at your work who knows about plot, character development, etc., Christine should be your #1 choice!

 

A.W.

I was lucky to have worked with Christine on my novel. Her proofreading help was very prompt and thorough, and I especially appreciated her willingness to give feedback about characters, plot, and tone. I was very happy with her communication and review and would recommend Christine's editing. 

 

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