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Christine Gordon Manley, MA, BA (Honours)

Manley Mann Media

7 Rosemount Blvd
Cornwall, PE C0A 1H4
Canada
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Profile

Once upon a time, there was a person who never made a single mistake. Sound familiar? No. Because it NEVER happened. If you’re human, you aren’t perfect. And if you’re not perfect, you make mistakes.

The English language is almost impossible to learn (ask anyone who has learned English as a second language), and it’s very difficult to catch onto all of the nuances of the English language even when you write full time.

If you’re an author, you’re aware of the need for an editor. And your main concern is that the person you hire to edit your work will keep your voice in tact while catching those typos and grammatical snafus. It would be nice if you could also count on that editor to make suggestions about how rearranging certain chapters and sections could make your story better. And it would be even better if that editor could identify gaps in the story line, making your words even more powerful than they were when said editor first got their hands on it.

I will treat your manuscript with the love it deserves. And I won’t give it back until I've gone through each and every word and made sure that they all belong. I won’t give you your manuscript back until it’s up to my very high standards.

But my editing services aren’t just for manuscripts.

I edit all kinds of things, including:

Academic papers | Resumes and cover letters | Email messages | Ebooks | Website pages | Press releases | Newsletters | Blog posts | Technical documents (though that’s not my favourite!) | Annual reports | Advertising copy | Business plans

If it’s been written and you want a second pair of (eagle) eyes to give it a once (or thrice) over, call me for more information about my editing services.

About Me

I've been a freelance editor for almost 15 years, and I've been blessed to work in all kinds of industries and genres. I've edited science fiction manuscripts, memoirs, cookbooks, children's literature, middle-grade fiction, young adult, pieces on health and wellness, journal articles, manuscripts for self-published authors, blogs about yoga, copy for insurance agencies, websites for travel agencies, emails for animal training, educational resources for pre-K, K, and grades 1–3, reports on mental health ... you name it, my eyes have likely seen it.

Currently, I co-own writing–editing business Manley Mann Media (http://manleymannmedia.com/). I also offer authors marketing services through this business.

I'm also an author, and my first published book will hit the shelves September 2017 (children's early-reader chapter book).

Testimonials

To be completely blunt, I despise the editing phase. The back and forth process of revising a novel is absolutely miserable for me, and I find myself hating the hundreds of little comments within the manuscript that equates to hours of additional work. Of course, when the story comes together and I see how much better it is for those torturous rewrites, I end up singing my editor’s praises and know that all that extra work was completely worth it.

I have received glowing feedback for my Legend of Rhyme series: Elora of Stone, Into Coraira, Teagan of Tomorrow, and Second Twin. I worked with Christine on all four novels, and to date, most reviews mention how seamlessly the stories flow. I can say with complete confidence that this would not be the case without Christine.

Before working with her, my experience with editors was simply to have my grammar tidied up. Never in my wildest dreams did I think an editor would actually play such a key role in writing a novel.

Writing a series is more challenging than I ever thought it would be, and without my right hand “Manley,” I would probably spend a great deal of valuable time crying over my manuscripts and ripping out my hair. Christine pushes me to fill in story gaps, to add more meat where readers will want it, to change the perspective a chapter is being told from, to add more internal dialogue, to start and end chapters with action, and even though I’ve been writing professionally for almost ten years, she never fails to call me out on the dreaded “show don’t tell.”

That said, she delivers her suggestions and structural comments with great kindness, and always leaves it up to me to make the changes she thinks should be made. Though in the end, she is always right. —Jaime Lee Mann, Legend of Rhyme Series

The quality of Christine’s editing work is, ironically, beyond words. Accommodating of our cruel timeline, Christine pushed our manuscript (as well as the authors) to the next level. Logical and creative, with a brilliant mind for grammar and story, her colossal effort extended beyond a simple rearranging of words. From story structure to character development, Christine was genuinely invested in the project. Extremely pleasant and easy to work with, we look forward to continue working with her, not only on the next book, but also any other future literary endeavors. —Vince Seim & Chance Clark, H3 Studio Inc

I was looking for a copy editor to help develop my manuscript and Christine was highly recommended to me. With her superb editing insight, knowledge, and skills, Christine was able to help me move my manuscript to a higher level. I now have a well developed and constructed manuscript that has since been published. I am very pleased with the final outcome. I would recommend Christine highly to any writer or author in need of editing services.—Susan Doiron, Author

When I initially decided to put these writings together from over the years, it felt like a daunting task. I truly didn't know if I was up for the revision process for I knew it needed a lot of work. Once again, Christine's suggestions are amazing. Any section that I was questioning, she identified. I can truly say that I am actually enjoying the revision process. I owe that to her. —A.Smith, Author (Memoir; TBP Spring 2017)

 

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing

Media/Genres

  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Blogs
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Cookbooks
  • Correspondence
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Style guides
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites

Subjects

  • Biography
  • Communications
  • Family
  • Food and drink
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Leisure, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Society, general
  • Travel and tourism