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Christine Gordon Manley, MA, BA (Honours)

Manley Mann

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.
2019

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Conference (2019)

Profile

 

Christine’s unique ability is reading a piece of writing through various lenses in order to connect the writer’s message to what the reader needs to hear. Christine draws on empathy and heart to guide writers from start to finish.

 

Christine edits:

  • Books
  • Research reports
  • Journal articles
  • Blog posts
  • Websites
  • Everything else

Christine has been helping academics, researchers, educators, small business owners, and authors share their message with the world for over fifteen years. She has a long list of clients from around the world, and she is a published author herself with Breakwater Books, based in her original home of Newfoundland. Christine is a member of Editors Canada, the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the PEI Writers’ Guild (of which she also sits on the Board of Directors).

 

She's 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/blogs for travel agencies and tourism desitinations, emails for animal training, educational resources for pre-K, K, and grades 1–3, reports on mental health ... you name it, her eyes have likely seen it.

 

Christine co-owns writing–editing firm Manley Mann (manleymann.ca).

 

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

Excellent work from this team! Superior content, excellent 'customer service' and they just 'get it.' ~Leona Conrick, PEI Military Family Resource Centre

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
  • In-house publications
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Style guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites

Subjects

  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Communications
  • Construction and real estate
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Family
  • Food and drink
  • Gender studies
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Insurance
  • Leisure, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Society, general
  • Travel and tourism