Hi, and welcome. I’m Melanie Saxton, a widely published writer and editor (and certified English teacher) specializing in book editing, collaborative writing and magazine assignments. I invite you to my Testimonials page for feedback from my clients. You can also check out my many clients and collaborations within the business world.
Enjoy samples of my published magazine articles, feature stories and interviews.
I specialize in helping emerging authors, as well as non-writers, new writers or struggling writers. Perhaps you have a great idea but aren’t sure how to develop it. I can help! Together we’ll create your masterpiece.
I’m proud to share some of my book editing projects and promote the authors who have trusted me with their manuscripts. See the Services tab to contact and hire me, and read below for a description of ways I can help elevate your writing or special project.
LET’S GET STARTED!
Many emerging authors have amazing stories to share but lack a writing or editing background. That’s where I come in.
Many have terrific story ideas and choose to hire a professional to make their book come alive. I can transcribe notes and tapes and lay out the table of contents, preface, chapters, epilogue, indices and references. Perhaps you need help jump-starting the process. I provide as little or as much assistance as needed.
From concept to publishing, authors need that extra set of eyes. I make sure we cover the basics — misspellings, typos, grammatical errors, usage and style, tense, subject-verb agreement, hyphenation, mislabeling, awkward transitions and consistency . . . and don’t forget flow, pacing, and layout! This may involve substantive editing, developmental editing, or simply proofreading. Tightening up your prose, rewriting your copy, and editing for length and completeness is also important. Pre-launch readiness is crucial, and I can help with publication, as well (scroll below). Your readers deserve a excellent book.
Every once in a while, lightning strikes. Your project or story may be universally compelling and appeal to mass audiences. If I sense your book project is of this caliber, I will collaborate with you, write it with you, and take a secondary credit on the book cover and publisher’s pages. This type of book is of interest to the top publishers or second-tier publishers. This type of book is a candidate for film and documentaries. This type of book generates royalties for us both. I will help you market it, pitch it to literary agents, and get it in front of a publishing house. I will also help you promote it.
I also write novels, memoirs and biographies under your name. You retain all rights. The glory is all yours — I am not referenced in any manner, although most authors give me an editor’s credit.
Note: In truth, all books need edited. This goes for a book I write for you. The manuscript will be precisely what you envision, but I recommend you have it professionally proofed. Why? Because I become very “close” to the books I write (as myopic as any author). Just as a surgeon should not operate on himself, I should not be editing my “own” books written on your behalf. I can recommend excellent proofreaders who will attend to minor details that may be overlooked. I might add that I have my own personal books nearly written, and you can be sure I will hire a proofreader (or editor) before they become published.
To date I have ghost written four books and look forward to writing yours!
YOU’VE WRITTEN A BOOK. NOW WHAT?
We have your editing handled. Now you have a green light for publishing. You may want to self-publish. If so, what’s next?
Book Cover Design
You need book cover design. I point my clients to a talented graphic artist who designs covers precisely as you envision—a work of art unique to your book.
Next, you need formatting for print, Nook, Kindle, iPad and, perhaps, Smashwords. You need an ISBN, barcode, Creatspace account and an Amazon page. I point authors to a professional formatter who has pleased so many of my clients and taken the headache out of publication.
Website or Landing Page
You also need a website or landing page with your own domain, links to your social media, and calls to action—which compels online viewers to download your ebook or buy the print version. I point my clients to a website developer who specializes in emerging authors on a tight budget.
Book Trailers, Audio Teasers, Audio Books
What about book trailers or audio teasers? What about audio books? Not all authors go this extra mile to publicize their book. But it may be something you want to pursue. You need a video expert who can create a professional YouTube book trailer. You need the perfect voice over artist who can produce a teaser, or perhaps a voice over team to narrate your entire book. I will point you to the pros who make a living on video and audio services.
Traditional Brick and Mortar Publishers
Perhaps you don’t want to self-publish. You may want your book published by a traditional publisher. This is no easy task. You’ll need a literary agent to approach the top-rated publishing houses, and that involves submitting your book over and over again. It may take months or even years. But then again, it may happen suddenly. The odds are NOT stacked in your favor.
Many authors ask me to help. Yes, I can point you to literary agents. I can help you write pitches. But there is no sugar-coating the work and dedication required. I will support you through it to the best of my ability. Contact me if you’d like to get started.
BUSINESS WRITING AND BLOGGING
In addition to general editing, I can also help elevate your online footprint through SEO content writing and stand ready to help with blogs, web copy and websites, or can refer you to other professionals who do stellar work. For instance, do you need help optimizing your website? Do you want your website to rank on Google and other search engines? Contact me for assistance.
Medical and Legal Writing and Blogging
I cater to doctors and lawyers who need a solid writing assistant. My medical terminology college course work comes in handy, as well as my training as a paralegal. Your web copy, articles and blogs are in good hands.
Doesn’t it make sense to have an editor look over your work? A professional can help bring your manuscript to life. Contact me for help!
Melanie Saxton / 281-795-6420 / email@example.com