Not only do I have a degree in words, I have worked with words all of my life.

I love the sound of delighted clients as I capture what they mean when they can’t quite figure out how to say it.

I love making what they wrote the strongest piece of writing yet to work wonders in their businesses.

I LOVE what I do! I learn so much about people and the world with every project. And I look forward to working with you on what matters most to you.

I work exclusively with non-fiction authors.

Writing Coach

As your writing coach, I want you to go from where you are to published book and ready to promote. Working with me means that you will have a book and a initial promotion plan. You do the work but it is so much easier with an expert on your shoulder.  Together we will

  • Create a project plan that includes producing the manuscript, publishing the book and promoting it
  • Create an outline of your book (this can be a one-pager) so you have a guide to follow and don’t wonder what to write about each day
  • Set goals each week and meet them
  • Review content to improve the manuscript to reduce editing costs
  • Work through writer’s block
  • Decide which publishing route is best for you
  • Create a do-able promotion plan that starts when you start writing your book
  • Create a book proposal, marketing materials, and other related materials depending on the publishing option you choose

If you want support along the way, get in touch at melody (@) melodyowen.com and let’s make your journey easier.

Editing

Many clients looking for an editor are not quite sure what to expect. I do both developmental editing and stylistic editing for non-fiction books. Here is what you can expect.  

Developmental Editing

As a developmental editor I assess and improve on the content and how it is organized.  A few of the tasks involve include:

  • Ensure your manuscript is appropriate for your audience and your goals
  • Reorganizing the content of your manuscript to ensure a cohesive and logical structure
  • Recommend that you delete extraneous content and add pertinent content where necessary
  • Create appropriate chapter titles, headings and subheadings as signposts for your readers
  • Review research, statistics, etc. to ensure accuracy
  • Support the creation of supplementary or reference materials
  • Ensure all permissions for use of other people’s material have been obtained

Stylistic Editing

Stylistic editing looks at your writing rather than your content or how it is structured. You want your readers to have the best experience reading your book; it should be easy and enjoyable. Stylistic editing looks at your writing at each of these levels:

Paragraph

For each paragraph, we want to ensure:

  • Appropriate length
  • One topic per paragraph, which needs to be clear to readers
  • A clear purpose and intent
  • Useful transitions from one paragraph to the next
  • Content is in its easiest form and reorganize or recast (for example as bullet points) where appropriate

Sentence

Each sentence should:

  • clearly convey the purpose and intent
  • be free of ambiguities or wordiness
  • be logically connected to the topic of the paragraph
  • be organized in a manner that flows well
  • use active voice
  • have a variety of sentence structures

Word

When considering each word we want to

  • use appropriate words by choosing exacting words rather than general words
  • reduce repeated words and phrases
  • eliminate industry speak, cliches, nominalizations, where appropriate

Get in touch at melody (@) melodyowen.com and let’s make your words matter.