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Inspirational Novel Editing
Tammy provides the following novel-editing assistance:
Proofread (may be provided by Tammy's assistant)
This is intended for a manuscript that has been edited, critiqued, or very well written, and is ready to be submitted to a literary agent or publisher. A final proofread will catch errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, basic grammar (subject-verb agreement), spacing, and other mistakes at the sentence level. It will also provide consistency in spelling (traveled or travelled), capitalizations (Miss or miss), hyphens or dashes (- or —), abbreviations (Dr., Doctor, or doctor), numbers (125 or one hundred twenty-five), as well as verify consistency of format throughout. These corrections will be implemented for you. No alterations to your story will be made.
A copyedit adds industry-standard professionalism to a well-written manuscript. It is best used to help you complete your final rewrites. If the meaning of a sentence is unclear, or if a section would benefit from different paragraph breaks, Tammy will make recommendations. Word or phrase repetitions will be pointed out. She will suggest rephrasing for smoothness, transitions, simplifying, and tightening; implement what you will, in your personal writing style.
This focuses on your story. You may choose a content edit at any point in your writing process after your first full draft is completed. For beginning writers this is a powerful teaching tool that can save you months, possibly years, of learning technique the hard way. For all levels of writers, a content edit will specifically address: hook, character development, character empathy, dialogue, tags, beats, plot, subplot(s), theme, pacing, tension, voice, point of view, setting, the five senses, passive writing, showing vs. telling, climax, denouement, and other, genre-specific elements. Tammy will share commentary, suggestions, and recommendations; implement what you will, in your personal writing style. Tammy provides a complimentary sample content edit in order to estimate the project fee and the length of time it should take to complete the edit. See Complimentary Edit, below.
Inspirational Books and Resources
PO Box 2151
McHenry, IL 60051
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About Inspirational Novel Editor
For more than a decade, Tammy Barley has enjoyed a dynamic career as:
• award-winning author
her first novel . . .
- won 2nd Place, Golden Rose Contest, Inspirational Category
- hit #11 Historical Fiction Best-Seller List at ChristianBook.com
- sold out its entire first printing prior to its official release date
her second novel . . .
- has been rated an enthusiastic 4.6 stars by readers
her third novel . . .
- has been called "Compelling. A page-turner" by Romantic Times Book Reviews
• Christy Awards judge, four years
• executive editor at WorldTalk
International Christian Publisher
• background in acting and
screenwriting, which enables her to
write in a way that readers feel the
story has come to life
• manuscript editor and writing
Member of ACFW
Member of The Christian PEN
Inspirational Novel Editing
Tammy's editing abilities have helped her clients to earn:
• writing awards
• multi-book publishing contracts
• five-star reader reviews at sites such
• the prestigious designation
"recommended reading" at Focus on
Her clients include several current and former members of ACFW, such as:
and more. As to her style, Tammy's warm, gracious, and quirky approach quickly puts authors at ease.
Her philosophy is simple: Assist Christian fiction authors to produce top-of-the-line books that accelerate their careers, income, and uplift their readers' faith.
If you would like to see how I work, and to enable me to quote you a project fee and time frame for completion (roughly one to two weeks), fill out the form:
First and Last Name:
What Your Book Is About:
(a sentence or two is fine)
Level of Edit:
When I receive your message, I'll contact you and ask you to e-mail two pages from your manuscript as a Microsoft Word attachment.
Typically your free edit will be returned to you within one business day, with notations made using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature.
Thank you! I look forward to connecting with you.
Tammy also provides:
Interior page layout for authors who self-publish (page layout makes a manuscript 100 percent publication-ready). Beginning at $195 for Tammy's manuscript editing clients.
Real-time coaching to make self-
publishing (CreateSpace specialist) or
e-publishing (Kindle Direct Publishing specialist) hassle-free. $100 for Tammy's manuscript editing clients.
Proposal Review. $65/hr.
Cover Letter Review — Content Edit plus Proofread for your cover letter. $65/hr. $65 minimum.
Synopsis Review — Content Edit plus Proofread for your synopsis. $65/hr.
One-Sheet Review — Content Edit plus Proofread for your one-sheet. $65/hr. $65 minimum.
Other needs? Use the form to the left to contact Tammy regarding any other editorial assistance you may need. For example, you may want her to do a focused edit of dialogue, or of another, specific, element.
$1.50-$3 per page
$3.25-$6 per page
See Complimentary Edit
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