Welcome to Seattle Editing! Whether you want help planning your writing project or have a document or manuscript that needs fine-tuning, I can help you meet your goals. Seattle Editing's services include coaching, a concise manuscript critique, developmental editing, substantive editing, copyediting, line editing, and proofreading. See detailed descriptions of these services here. I work with clients primarily through email and over the phone, so we can work together even if you live outside the Seattle area. 

Since launching Seattle Editing in 2006, I have edited dozens of manuscripts for writers and everything from quarterly reports to memoirs. Recent jobs include self-help books, memoirs, and fiction. Click here for a partial list of published books I have edited.


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What’s your preference? Are you looking for a writing coach to help you with your first draft? I can help you with any difficulties you may be having as you compose your first draft. I can even teach you the basics of constructing a cohesive paragraph or a sentence in active voice. If you're nervous about grammar, I can help you learn the basics. 

Do you need a developmental editor to critique your first draft and help you revise it? A developmental edit and critique will help you improve the structure and content of your book, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction. In most cases, it makes good sense to begin the editing process with a developmental edit.

Once you have revised your first draft and received feedback in a writing group or workshop, you’ll be ready for substantive editing or copyediting to fine-tune your manuscript.  

After your manuscript has been carefully copyedited, it may only need proofreading to prepare it for publication. I recommend that all manuscripts be proofread before they are printed, even when they have been been carefully copyedited in track changes. A line edit prior to proofreading will ensure that your sentence and paragraph structure are in the best possible shape.

If I have already copyedited your manuscript, I recommend hiring a different professional for the final proofreading. If I have not seen your edited manuscript before, however, I would be happy to proofread it.

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Melanie Austin, freelance editor/owner of Seattle Editing 

Editing Guild

Contact me:

Email: seattle_editing@comcast.net
Message phone: (206) 784-7070