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Editing & Mentor Services

I offer a range of editing and mentoring services based on your needs and the stage of your manuscript, from copyediting and proofreading, to structural and deeper substantive editing, through to ongoing mentorship and support to develop your manuscript.

 

I have worked as a university tutor and lecturer in creative writing for eight years and have extensive experience editing, mentoring and critiquing fiction and nonfiction writing across a variety of genres. My qualifications include a Masters of Communication (Creative Writing) and a Doctorate in Creative Writing. As a published author, I also bring to my editing practice the experience of being professionally edited in a traditional publishing environment, and therefore an understanding of the author-editor dynamic from an author's point-of-view. 

To get an idea of what I offer, and what would best suit your current needs, please refer to my list of services below. To get in touch for a quote, or if you have an queries about my editing or mentoring services, please use the contact form provided on my home page or email me at blakkopykat_at_gmail.com. 

Happy writing,

Melanie

manuscript Assessment

All prose genres, including memoir, commercial contemporary and historical fiction
From $250 - $500 
(depending on word length)

Report-style assessment including:

  • Structural integrity and plot

  • Style, voice, and prose quality

  • Setting and imagery

  • Characterisation and character arcs

  • Theme and genre 

  • Marketability

  • First-chapter mark-up of your manuscript 

Structural & Copyediting

A bespoke editing service based on your goals and the stage of your manuscript
From $20/1000 words

Includes:

  • Plot and structural integrity  

  • Characterisation and setting

  • Scenes and transitions

  • Thematic focus

  • Imagery and descriptive language

  • Style, voice consistency, and prose quality 

  • Diction and sentence structure

  • Line-level editing (punctuation, grammar and syntax)

  • Proofreading 

Mentoring Services

Tailored to meet your writing and publishing goals
$70/hour

Includes:

  • All genres (excluding poetry)

  • Short stories

  • Novels and creative nonfiction (including memoir)

  • Articles and essays

  • Publishing advice

  • Goal setting 

  • Creative writing tuition 

  • Synopsis and query letters

Testimonials 

'I struggled to make sense of my first draft. My memoir used extensive back story alongside a linear arc. Transitions were confusing and overwriting diluted the narrative. Then I turned to Melanie. Within a week she provided editorial support that suggested a change of tense, tightened my writing and added an invaluable roadmap to improve structural clarity. Regrets? One. I wish I had found her sooner. Thank you, Dr Melanie Myers!' 

                                                               Richard West                             

I found Melanie' s constructive feedback when preparing my book for publishing,  of tremendous help. When writing my book Jae-Dee Survives the Home of Many Mothers, a fictional story inspired by a memoir. Melanie was able to give me an independent and outside view on the writing that I had become too close to. I was unable to critically analyse my writing or see where my writing required improvement.Because I wrote my book from the  first voice of the "Inner Child" my vocabulary and expression became limited. Melanie was able to suggest that I bring a third voice to add depth, perspective and hindsight. Melanie suggestions, and supportive words were very helpful.I gained the confidence to progress my writing to its final outcome.I would have no hesitation recommending Melanie Myers for anyone requiring an editor or mentor during their writing journey to publishing.

                                                                                                     Denise Hammond

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