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Your ACE Copyediting.com
proofreader/copy editor specializes in . . .
proofreading, substantial copyediting, revision,
evaluation, or ghostwriting of
all genres fiction, articles, essays,
nonfiction on all topics
query letters, cover letters, book proposals
whatever you produce in the written word.
(Exception . . . I do not
edit purely pornographic materials.)
work with authors from any country, especially those who seek U.S.
Why you need a
editor/proofreader . . .
agents, and publishers want properly formatted, clean copy.
competition demands writing mechanics expertise.
An agent is
not a copy editor.
riddled with grammatical and punctuation errors will not be read past
the first two pages.
longer employ copy editors to do your job.
letter, synopsis, and sample chapters are repeatedly turned down.
experienced copy editor can see the details you miss.
You want to
see your manuscript in print.
Published documents aren't just written . . . they're rewritten!
For your projects that need considerable reorganization and
rewriting. Includes whatever services are required to help you develop accurate
and logical content that is appropriate for your intended audience.
Involves an examination of the basic elements of manuscript structure:
pacing, voice, tone and subtext, a check for redundancies, repetition of
phrases, clichés, misplaced modifiers, shifts in agreement,
consistency, organization, word flow, and clarity. It also includes
everything under basic copyediting (see next
Substantive copyediting is performed directly on a P/C copy of the
document, using MSWord's Tracking Changes tool.
a check for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, diction, and consistency
of style, and a brief evaluation of confusing and awkward writing techniques. Clients often confuse copyediting with
already-edited document is examined one final time, checking for typos,
missing words, any
other remaining errors and inconsistencies (for instance, a galley copy
preceding publication by either a traditional house or for your Kindle,
Nook or Kobo ebook.
Involves the editing or writing of users’ guides, employee
manuals, software manuals, brochures, medical texts for the lay public,
legal presentations and texts (written in language for the lay public
or for judges who prefer less "legalese") and white papers. I have
extensive knowledge in both law (I am a certified paralegal) and
academic medicine (32-year affiliation with those in academic
I specialize in rewriting technical documents for the lay public.
Involves the reading and analyzing of your manuscript, to discern its
strengths and weaknesses. A report is produced via a detailed
evaluation document, with suggestions for improvement in such areas as your
plot, characterization, setting, use of conflicts, climax, point of
view, spelling, punctuation and grammar weaknesses, and format. An evaluation can also be made
of a non-fiction
book proposal, a short story, essay, or any type of business document.
Sometimes, an objective point of view is exactly what you need! It
saves time and potential disappointment with the arrival of those dreaded
you are looking for a copy editor who is an expert grammarian and who
pays attention to details, your search is over. Nancy Johanson’s
expertise is the best thing that ever happened to this writer. She
is a consummate professional. She has the innate ability to understand
and flesh out the author’s voice, to deliver delicious character
comments, and to suggest believable plot points ... all of which
directly tie into the theme of the story. It has been a pleasure
to work with this copy editor and I have decided to team with her for
all my future projects. With Nancy’s eye on your manuscript ...
you'll have a winner!" -Anne
Fletcher Price, Author, A Walk In The Smoke, 2002.
"Nancy Johanson is a dedicated professional. Her expertise and
knowledge is evident, not only to those in the writing profession, but in
her ability to comprehend the message of the writers she serves. Her
strict attention to detail and her unique ability to interject nuances that
parallel and enhance an author's style clearly reflect her desire to be one
of the best in her copyediting profession." -Matt
Petti, Author, Heretical Wisdom, The Truths From Within, c2001
stumbled upon Nancy Johanson's Web site by accident. It turned out to be
my lucky day! I had written a book about the experiences of nursing
students with disabilities. The book was rejected by numerous
publishers. After I put the manuscript in Nancy's hands . . . bingo! It
was accepted for publication. Nancy is a true professional in her work.
She was committed to my success and to the value of my work. Her support
was constant. A gifted writer, with outstanding knowledge of grammar and
syntax, she gently taught me while she edited my work. Her fee was
cost-effective in many ways. My edited book was accepted for publication
and I received a personal tutorial. My overall writing skills have
improved tremendously. Nancy helped me give greater power and richness
to the voices in my book. I look forward to working with her
again." Donna Maheady,
Ed.D., ARNP, Author, Nursing
Students with Disabilities: Change the Course, c2002,
Exceptional Parent Magazine Press.
Nancy Johanson is
a dedicated and professional individual with very high standards in
whatever services she provides. She clearly has the talent, experience,
and skill in the field of copyediting and copywriting. But most
importantly, her integrity and credibility positions her as one of the
very best copy editors/ copywriters I have come across. Although I live
in Australia, I travel worldwide in my work, which involves training
salespeople in international corporations and Fortune 500 companies.
I searched everywhere for the best to assist me with my book, and I
thank God that I found Nancy. For those who would like their written
work to go from merely good to excellent, I highly recommend her
professional services. Life is too short to settle of second-class
writing, especially when it has a profound effect on others' perceptions
of your own expertise. —Juri Yoshida (Author, Increasing Sales
Through Relationship Marketing, c2008)
"I knew that agents and
publishing editors would not even consider my children's chapter book
without a proper query letter and a nearly perfect manuscript. I felt
tantalized by the task. Writing the book was hard enough, without having
to worry about correct grammar, syntax, and format. Because of Nancy's
experience, knowledge, and professionalism, my query letter got the
attention of a respected and well-established publisher. I recommend
Nancy's services to anyone in the business of writing. Not only does she
understand the copyediting business, she also understands the ins and
outs of the publishing world. I will be using her services again!"
Joshua Tilghman, Author, The Pumphouse Mouse, 2007
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us decide our relationship or expectations differ from those assumed
during the initial contact, either one of us or both may cancel the
project, AFTER payment has been made for work completed. All copyediting
or copywriting is fulfilled to the best of my ability and according to
the standards set by the Freelance Copyeditor's Association.
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Reading is a means of thinking with another
it forces you to stretch your own. ―Charles Scribner, Jr.
It takes approximately 475 hours or more to
write a novel. A work of fiction
is considered successful if it sells about 5,000 copies. It
takes about 725 hours
to write a book of nonfiction, and it is deemed successful
when it sells 7,500 copies.
If you want to author an ebook that
builds your business and expert status through actual sales
of that book, you need to promote that book and yourself
long before that ebook ever hits the
virtual book shelves. To accomplish this, you need a
built-in readership for that book. In the
publishing world, we call this author platform.
that approximately 500,000 books were published in 2012. Of
these, 98% or more
will sell fewer than 500 copies.
A QUESTIONNAIRE FOR WRITERS
"IT IS AS EASY TO
DREAM A BOOK AS IT IS HARD TO WRITE ONE." —Balzac
It is not easy to produce a well-written, engaging, readable, publishable
book. "Birthing" a book takes more than a good idea, especially in
today’s publishing world, where mergers by the dozens occur each year.
Costs have increased considerably and editors are beholden to conglomerate
owners, many of whom are foreign investors. They are interested only in the
bottom line—profitability! No longer will agents and publishers
accept first-time manuscripts with the intentions of nurturing a new writer for future fame and
fortune. Few manuscripts are accepted over the "slush pile," or
without an agent.
If your book is still in the "idea" stage, take time to think
about what you are expecting from your work. Are you writing with dreams of
becoming a wealthy author, or because you have something special to say, or
because you haven't anything better to do with your time . . . or because
someone told you have talent and should?
Success in the publishing world doesn't come as soon as a work appears in
print, either; it is often determined by how much time you are willing
to invest in the promotion of your book (i.e., contacting local book stores for
signing parties; contacting local and national radio shows, television
shows, schools, churches; building an author Web site) and by the total number of books sold. Not many publishers invest company
dollars in book promotion anymore, except for their few
"stars." It is up to you to notify book distributors, book store
owners or managers, and your city and state media personnel that you
are available for reviews and interviews. Are you willing to take on
this responsibility? If the first printing of your book (usually
about 10,000 hard cover or paperback copies) does not sell out, and if the publisher does not make a
profit on it . . . you will find it difficult to sell a second manuscript.
How large a market do you want to reach? Do you know your target market?
Try to evaluate your intentions objectively and not merely from an emotional
following questions might assist you in your evaluation.
QUESTIONS . . .
- Why do you want to write this book? What are you trying to
- What is your theme/premise? What do you want to prove by the last
- Who is your primary audience? Women? Men? Both? Senior citizens?
Children? Teens? Business readers?
- What format is best for your story (novel, biography, article,
short story, a drama, motion picture script)?
- What is the best medium for your story (book, magazine,
newspaper, Web site)? Is there enough material for a book or is an article more appropriate?
- Will your premise sustain audience interest? Will it be convincing?
- What effect will your premise and story have on your readers?
Will it arouse myriad emotions?
- Can you state the premise of your work in one sentence? Pretend it
is the sentence used by the publisher on the book jacket or in the
publisher’s listing to entice book dealers to purchase it.
- Can you provide sufficient documentation or authorization for all facts that
you use to support your premise?
- Can you acquire the required written permission for the use of every quote
obtained from an outside source?
- How will your book differ from similar books in the same
category? Check Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble (barnesandnobel.com) to learn
of the need for another book on your topic and the publishers that
have already produced a book on it. If they have, they will
probably not be interested in seeing your script.
- How extensive is the market for your book? Local only?
National? Secular only? Religious only? Both? Only a
specific industry or field of interest?
- What do you believe are the best ways in which to reach your market?
How much time can you devote to assuring they get your book?
- How many and what kinds of publishers would be interested in printing
your type of book? Have you researched Writers
Market 2000? Other sources?
- Does your manuscript say something new about an old subject?
- Why are you the most suitable person to write this book? Are you an
expert on your subject or have you enough personal experience to be
accepted as one?
- Have you used anecdotes, illustrations, and conversations to communicate information?
- Will your readers feel inspired to improve themselves or their
environment in some way? Will they feel impelled to discuss the
book, to buy it for others, to reread it?
Like a work of fiction, the nonfiction manuscript should be written in
such an exciting way that the reader cannot put it down. It should arouse a
definite and intentional response: laughter, joy, tears, expectation, admiration, conversation, sympathy,
empathy, agreement, disagreement, satisfaction, inspiration . . . or any
number of other emotions. It should also provide a wealth of factual
information that can be quoted and talked about. But, in
addition, a plausible work of nonfiction requires unquestionable honesty on
the part of you, the author. You must either minimize personal influence in
the presentation of ideas and events or clearly acknowledge your bias. You must
also be meticulous in ensuring the accuracy of facts as presented, or your
credibility is impaired.
The following questions will assist you in an honest evaluation of your
- Have you double-checked the manuscript for factual accuracy?
- Have you properly credited other people’s work, by use of
quotation marks or footnotes or endnotes or the use of the author's
- Have you checked your manuscript for material offensive to certain
- Have you eliminated any parts of your manuscript that might be
considered libelous or defamatory?
- Have you protected the privacy of individuals described in your
The writing and marketing of fiction is different from nonfiction in many
ways. In fiction, you must go far beyond presenting factual material and
events and employ techniques that involve the reader’s ability to
fantasize. Plot, setting, main characters, supporting characters, theme,
genre style, originality, vocabulary, use of facts . . . all of these
challenges must be met by you, the author, in order to educe emotional
involvement and intellectual stimulation. It is not an easy task. Ask
yourself the following questions, to evaluate the effectiveness of your
- Does the story take place in the past, present, or future? Is the
reader convinced that you have accurately presented the time period?
Are the fashions correct for the period; are speech patterns and
- What is the location of your story? A city, small town, foreign
country, hospital, factory? Does your story convey an effective
understanding of the location?
- Is the theme strong enough to carry the story to its logical
conclusion? Does it fit your characters and your plot and your
- Are your characters believable and will your readers deeply care
about what happens to
- Is there enough conflict to bring the characters and events to an
effective resolution? Have you led your readers and the characters to
a satisfactory climax? Have you presented your readers with a logical development of the
story through a series of sub conflicts and resolutions, leading to a
final climax and with increasing tension?
- Have you tied up all loose ends in a
- What are the protagonist's and the antagonist’s motivations? Does the reader learn
about them in the first couple chapters? Are they both strong characters?
Have they been allowed to mature and develop
- Have you treated any character too harshly or too lightly? Is every
character necessary to the story? Are their actions and decisions essential and
reasonable? Are they based upon clearly developed character traits?
- Does every character have physical, social, and emotional
dimensions? Can readers empathize or sympathize with them, even if they are
- Is every character believable in speech, dress, behavior? Is each character unique?
- Do the characters formulate the plot and work out their own fates,
or have you manipulated them to fit into a contrived plot?
- Does your opening immediately grab the attention of your reader?
- Does every transition from scene to scene and chapter to chapter lead
the characters toward proving your premise?
to industry figures, romances account for more than a third of all
popular fiction sales, and generate more than $1 billion n sales each
year. And as 0f 2002, there were 51.1
million readers of romance in the U.S." ―Robin Gee, 2004 Novel and
Short Story Writer's Market
"Getting your novel published will take the
same sort of creative problem solving, the same determination and
persistence, the same refusal to quit that you brought to writing the book."
— Blythe Camenson & Marshall J. Cook, Your Novel Proposal from Creation
"If you want to write fiction, the best thing
you can do is take two aspirins, lie down in a dark room, and wait for the
feeling to pass. If it persists, you probably ought to write a novel." —
Lawrence Block, Writing the Novel From Plot to Print
"The one best and sufficient reason
for a man to buy a book is because he thinks he will be happier with it than
without it." ―A. Edward Newton
"If a book is really good, it deserves to be
read again, and if it's great, it should be read at least three times." ―Anatole
"One of the bad things you can do to your
writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you're
. . . ashamed of your short ones." ―Stephen King
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to
the body." ―Sir Richard Steele
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Understanding Employee Stock Options, Rule 144 & Concentrated
Stock Position Strategies, by Travis Knapp and Nathan Reneau
Absence of Malice, A Vampire's Lesson in
Betrayal, by E. Carter Jones (Horror Fiction)
Wisdom, The Truths From Within, by Matthew August Petti
The Moses Riddle, by Hunt
Kingsbury (Mainstream Thriller)
The Tenacious Tooth Fairy,
by Pam Donnelly (Picture Book)
The Pumphouse Mouse, by
Joshua Tilghman (Child's chapter book)
Gun Fu: The Martial Arts of Paintball, by Terry Adams
The Elements of
Incontinence: A Woman's Guide to Bladder Control, by Andre
Kulitz, Ph.D. (Medical)
The Shake 'N Bake Sergeant, by Jerry
S. Horton, Ph.D. (Autobiography)
Nursing Programs for Students
With Disabilities, by Donna Maheady, Ph.D. (Nonfiction, Medical)
Testament Leadership, by John Clinton, Jr. (Religious,
Silver the Sea Gooch, by Addie
Stewart (Picture book)
Smoke in the Kitchen, by Gloria Allan (Fiction)
A Walk in the Smoke, by Anne Fletcher Price (Mainstream
Processing Life's Moments, An Anthology, by Doris Kennedy
Sister North, by Jim Kokoris (Mainstream Fiction)
Charlie Baker, by Jim Kokoris (Mainstream Fiction)
This Side of the Rainbow: A Metaphysical Focus on Vision, Loss,
and Sorrow, by The Reverend Joe Rowe (Religious, Inspirational)
Leadership, by William Oakes (Nonfiction, Religious/Business)
Business or Pleasure, by Amber Marler (Fiction)
The Big Truck Nosenbellys, by Terry Atkins (Picture Book)
The Eleventh Son, by Gu Long, translated from the Chinese by
Rebecca Tai (Martial Arts Fiction)
Lady of Light, by Carolyn Fitzsimmons (Fiction)
Am I Righteous Enough to Serve God? by John Clinton, Jr.
(Religious, Nonfiction) (Ghostwriter)
Revelations, by Scott Byrnes (Science Fiction Thriller)
The Eighth Scroll, by Lawrence Brown (Historical Thriller)
Cold Eyes, by Mina Wilcox (Suspense Thriller) (Partial
Toad: A Legend of the Night, by Toad McGee (Nonfiction,
Toad: The Last of the Irish Hoods, by Toad McGee (Nonfiction, Autobiography)
One More Miracle: The Memoirs of Morris Sorid, by Morris
The Three Gorges, by Ben Yablon (Mystery/Thriller)
Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed, by Marc Blatte (Crime)
A Rendezvous to Die For,
by Betty McMahon (Crime)
The First Fracture, by Matthew Ryan (Fantasy)
Increasing Sales Through Relationship Marketing, by Juri Yoshida
The Day Time Was Hacked, by Carel Mackenbach
The Devil Within, by Ho Chung Hui (Fiction) (Ghostwriter)
Smoke In the Kitchen, by Gloria Allen (Fiction)
Roses, by Leila
Meacham (Mainstream Fiction)
The Pursuit of Other Interests, by Jim Kokoris
Barefoot to Paradise, by Soorina Arora (Fiction) (India)
A Practical Guide to Self-love and Positive
Interaction with Others,
by Paolo Giannini (New Age) (S. Africa)
The Calendar, by Romina Wilcox (Fiction) (Ghostwriter)
Traveling Blind: A Memoir, by Letty Lozano (Memoir)
NOTE: At any time during the project, if either of us decide our
relationship or expectations differ from those assumed during the
initial contact, either one of us or both may cancel the project, AFTER
payment has been made for work completed. All copyediting or copywriting
is fulfilled to the best of my ability and according to the Code of Fair
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