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Scripta Word Services
Specializing in fiction (especially science fiction, fantasy, and historical), with frequent forays into nonfiction and commercial material. I offer professional editing and personalized service to individuals, publishers and self-publishers, and businesses.
Recent projects: children's fiction, Flying Mutant Zombie Rats (Ravenswood Publishing); book layout, Mr. A.J. and the Machine (children's picture book); speculative fiction: The Steam Empire Chronicles series (Daniel Ottalini); historical fiction: Eboracum series (Rubicon Developments Ltd.); fantasy: Age of Endings series (Paul Coey); LGBT fiction: Rymellan and Daros Chronicles series (Norn Publishing); biographies in the Women in the Arts series (Chelsea House); Dining & the Arts Magazine (Patchell Media); HTML editing of myFox Health pages.
From Graham Clews, whose novel Eboracum: The Village won the 2008 Best Book of the Year, Historical Fiction, Premier Book Awards: "In one writing lesson over the Internet, Marg Gilks set me on the right path faster than anyone I can remember (and with fewer words, too)."
Fiction edited: speculative fiction (specialty area) including science fiction, fantasy, and horror; historical fiction (specialty area); Young Adult; LGBT; romance; thriller and suspense; mystery; children's fiction, middle grade and chapter books; Christian and inspirational; Western; mainstream; literary. Related nonfiction: memoirs, autobiographies, and biographies.
All lengths, including novel, novella, novelette, short story, flash fiction, anthology/collection, trilogy, series. Also submission and publishing materials including cover letters, query letters, synopses and outlines, back cover blurbs, Web content, and press releases.
- Consulting and manuscript evaluation
- Copy editing
- Desktop publishing
- Editing translations
- On-screen editing
- Stylistic editing
- Web adaptation
- Advertising and marketing materials
- Books, children's and young adult
- Books, general
- Books, self-help
- Books, self-published
- E-materials, general
- Educational materials, general
- Fiction, mystery
- Manuals and how-to books
- Periodicals, general
- Trade non-fiction
- Archaeology and ancient history
- Health and medicine, general
- Sciences, general