Lifestories with Patti Miller

MS Development/Editing

    Structural and General Edit

    A structural and general edit manuscript development edit will examine everything from the unfolding of ideas to writing style, voice, characterization and structure. There will be some on-page editing for sentence, paragraph and chapter structure but not highly detailed copy-editing for spelling, punctuation and grammar. If you have a few chapters and need to know whether you are heading in the right direction, or a complete first draft and want to know if it is working and how to improve it, send your ms in for a manuscript development report. The service consists of on-page comments plus a full written report.

    If Patti is unavailable due to her own writing commitments, she will assign manuscripts to either Anthony Reeder or Sophia Barnes, both of whom are qualified and highly experienced editors. See Home page for an introduction to both Anthony and Sophia. Manuscripts are dated in order of arrival please allow around six weeks for your manuscript to be returned to you.

    Cost: Approx  $660 - $730  for average length ms (50 - 70,000 words) N.B. Cost varies according to both length of manuscript and amount of editing and development required. Please email or phone for a quote on your ms.

    Copy Editing

    This is highly detailed, professional print-ready editing. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and lay-out are corrected.  In commercial publishing this is done by the publisher, so if you are intending to commercially publish, you do not need us. If however you intend to self publish or are organizing publication for business materials, then you will need a copy editor. We offer copy-editing for all areas of writing – short stories, novels and memoir as well as business and academic writing. All copy-editing will be done by Anthony Reeder, an experienced and trained editor, Please email or phone for a quote.


    We also offer a writing service for business writing and for memoir. If you have an important proposal or presentation or persuasive article which you have notes for, but not the time or expertise to write, we can write it for you. We can also re-write or ghost-write memoir. Anthony Reeder is available for both writing and ghost-writing projects. Please email or phone for a quote.


Autobiography, memoir, travel, narrative non-fiction,  novels, short stories…


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